MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Sister Giacinta Basile, 93, a member of Religious Teachers Filippini, died on Sept. 2, 2014, at St. Joseph Hall, Villa Walsh, in Morristown.
She was born in Watertown, N.Y., and entered the Religious Teachers Filippini in 1939. She made her religious profession in 1943.
Sister Giacinta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Notre Dame College in Baltimore. She also took graduate courses in administation and guidance at The Catholic University of America in Washington, Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University.
She taught at Villa Walsh College, at high schools in Maryland and New Jersey, and at St. Anthony in Bristol.
Since 1998, Sister Giacinta had been involved in pastoral ministry in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Sister Giacinta held many administrative positions in the Religious Teachers Filippini, including local superior and supervisor of schools in Maryland and New Jersey. She was an elected delegate to the provincial and general chapters of the institute.
Sister Giacinta, together with the late Sister Geraldine Calabrese, wrote Forever Yes, the story of the life of Saint Lucy Filippini, foundress of the Religious Teachers Filippini. The book, published in 1978, will have its third reprint this year.
Sisters Giacinta and Geraldine formed the Associates of St. Lucy Filippini, a group of women committed to prayer and to the study of the life of Saint Lucy in order to perpetuate Saint Lucy’s spirit in today’s world. They also developed a program to educate teachers about the philosophy and mission of Catholic schools in the spirit of Saint Lucy.
She is survived by her sisters Mary Navarra and Josephine Basile, both of Syracuse, N.Y., and nieces and nephews.