Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, April 19, 2018

WEST HARTFORD – Sister Florence Trahan, a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Community, died unexpectedly on Nov. 25.

She was born on Dec. 11, 1928, in Norwich, a daughter of Arthur and  Alida (Daigneault) Trahan. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on June 27, 1948, and was professed on Jan. 2, 1951.

She graduated from St. Joseph College in West Hartford and received advanced degrees from Laval University in Quebec; Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y.; and the Institute for Spiritual Leadership at Loyola University in Chicago.

She taught at Lauralton Hall in Milford, introduced women into religious life at Our Lady of Mercy Novitiate in Madison, served on the leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy and founded the Spiritual Life Center in Montville. For the past 22 years, she ministered as a spiritual director and retreat minister at Mercy Center in Madison, as well as in local parishes and the Philippines. At Mercy Center, she was the director of the School of Spirituality and the Institute of Spiritual Direction and administered a sabbatical program for an international group of people who visited the center.

Sister Florence is survived by her sister, Theresa Cambra of Meriden; brothers Morris Normandin of Florida and Raymond Normandin of Waterbury; several nieces and nephews; and her religious community.

She was predeceased by her parents and her stepmother, Phoebe Normandin Trahan; her sisters, Simone Bourdon Lepianka and Anita Trahan Dobek; and her brother Roland Normandin.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 2 in Connor Chapel of Our Lady at St. Joseph College. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in West Hartford. Contributions in Sister Florence’s memory may be made to Mercy Center, P.O. Box 191, Madison, CT 06443; or to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111.