Sister of St. Joseph Julia Clare Richards, 97 - Catholic Courier

Sister of St. Joseph Julia Clare Richards, 97

Sister of St. Joseph Julia Clare Richards, who was a teacher, principal, librarian and religious-education coordinator, died Feb. 21, 2024. She was 97 years old.

Sister Richards entered the congregation in 1944 from her home parish of Sts. Peter and Paul, Elmira. She received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1951 and a bachelor’s degree in history in 1965 from Nazareth College.

She began her teaching career at Holy Rosary in Rochester. She also taught at St. John the Evangelist, Greece; St. Mary, Canandaigua; and St. Mary, Dansville. In 1961, she was assigned as principal and teacher at St. Agnes, Avon. She then served as principal at St. Mary, Auburn, and St. Mary, Elmira. From 1978-86, Sister Richards taught at St. Patrick Junior High in Elmira.

After taking a two-year break to care for her aging mother, Sister Richards became the assistant librarian and textbook coordinator at Rochester’s Nazareth Academy. She returned to the Southern Tier in 1992 and became religious-education coordinator at St. James, Waverly. From 1997-2005, she served as administrator for Sisters Care, Southern Tier.

She returned to the motherhouse in 2006 where she served as a librarian for 10 years.

Sister Richards is survived by her niece, cousins, friends and sisters in the congregation.

Her funeral liturgy was celebrated at the motherhouse chapel Feb. 27, 2024, with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministry Fund at or by mailing Dawn Gruba at 150 French Road, Rochester, NY 14618.

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