|Right: Sally Brochu ARCWPP and on left Kathryn Shea ARCWP on left on day of their priestly ordination.|
Sally Brochu was ordained a priest in Sarasota, Florida on May 23,2015. She served as the lead Program Preparation Coordinator on the Preparation Team for applicants discerning a call to Ordination. Sally was a member of the pastoral team and Board of Directors in Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community. With her beloved partner, Janet, Sally broke open the Word , presided at Eucharistic liturgies, and hosted a monthly spiritual book club for our MMOJ Community.
Sally's deep faith, generous spirit and practical wisdom inspired me She served people with a loving heart and a compassionate spirit. Before I met her, Sally was as a Chaplain in a Catholic Hospital. On a few occasions, she told fascinating stories about people who were dying. Sometimes, they saw loved ones who had passed away before them.
In our last conversation, Sally planned her Celebration of Life with Janet and me. As she struggled for every breath, she exuded a peaceful spirit. She smiled when I asked her to pray for our Women Priests Movement.
Before leaving, Janet and I anointed Sally with holy oil. I began our prayer by inviting the Communion of Saints including Sally's dearly departed loved ones to gather around her bed.
A few days later, Sally shared with Janet that when she closed her eyes, she saw her departed loved ones. She said that she had always wondered how the dying saw their loved ones and now she knew!
Thank you, Sally, for giving us a glimpse of heaven! Thank you being the face of God in our world.
I will miss you. So, will every one who knew you!