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Sister M. Catherine Browne, OP

September 28, 2017

26 catherine_stainedglass THUMBSister Catherine Browne, a Dominican Sister of San Rafael for 76 years, died at Our Lady of Lourdes Convent Sept. 9. She would have celebrated her 96th birthday in November.

Sister Catherine served at schools and parishes in California including the Dominican Sisters’ San Domenico schools in San Anselmo and St. Michael Parish in the Diocese of Oakland.

Sister Catherine served for 16 years as a chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nevada and was inducted into the hospital staff Hall of Fame in 1990 for “relating with love and kindness to the patients, staff, and volunteers,” the Dominican Sisters said in a statement.

On the occasion of her 75th Jubilee in 2016, Sister Catherine said, “When I entered the convent, it didn’t seem like a big decision. I felt like I was moving from one family to another, from a smaller family to a larger one,” the sisters said.

Sister Catherine’s sister, Sister Joanna Browne, was also a Dominican Sister of San Rafael and died Jan. 26, 2014.

A funeral Mass for Sister Catherine was celebrated Sept. 18 at the Dominican Sisters Center in San Rafael with interment at St. Dominic Cemetery in Benicia.

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