Sister Mary Olivia Murray (Mary Brigid Murray), a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain on March 1, 2017. She was 103 years of age and had been in religious life for 62 years.
Sister Olivia was born in County Meath, Ireland on May 31, 1913, the daughter of the late James Murray and Ellen Walsh Murray. Sister Olivia entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 1, 1954, and celebrated her perpetual profession of vows on March 1, 1962.
Sister Olivia worked at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield for a number of years and then was the sacristan in the chapel at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. When she retired to the provincial house of her community, Sister Olivia continued as sacristan.
Sister Olivia is predeceased by her brothers Michael and Andrew Murray. She is survived by her sisters the in community, friends and many cousins, particularly Rita Powers and Father Robert Powers.
Father Powers celebrated Sister Olivia's funeral Mass on March 6 in the chapel of the community's convent on Park Road in West Hartford. Burial followed in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford. Donations in Sister Olivia's memory may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, c/o Provincial Office, 650 Willard Ave., Newington, CT 06111.