Sr. Helene Hayes, RGS

Born: Sat., Apr. 6, 1940
Died: Sun., Jan. 6, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 09, 2013
Location: Good Shepherd Chapel

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Thu., Jan. 10, 2013
Location: Good Shepherd Chapel

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            Marlborough- Sister Helene Hayes (Mary Hayes) died on January 6, 2013 after a brief illness.  She was 72 years of age and had been a Sister of the Good Shepherd for 54 years.  Sister Helene was born in Melrose, MA in 1940, the daughter of John Hayes and Helena (O’Brien) Hayes.  Sister Helene attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School and Girls Catholic High School in Malden, MA before entering the Novitiate of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in 1958 in Peekskill, NY.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Education and her Masters degree in Social Work from Fordham University in NY.  Sister then went on to study Policy Analysis and Planning in the doctoral program at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA where she earned her PhD in Social Work.  Sister Helene served as a group life supervisor in Good Shepherd residential programs at St. Germaine’s in Peekskill, NY, and at Madonna Hall in Marlborough, MA.  As a young “group mother” Sister Helene’s first concern was always for the happiness and care of the girls.  Sister’s many years of service to youth included Director of a Good Shepherd residence in Corona, NY, Executive Director of the residential program at Madonna Hall in Marlborough, MA, Program Director of Covenant House in Boston, MA and Executive Director of the Haitian Multi-Service Center in Dorchester, MA.  Sister Helene also served with wisdom and kindness in community and province leadership positions as local superior, on province leadership teams and as Province Leader.  An outstanding scholar, writer and lecturer, especially in the field of human trafficking, Sister Helene worked tirelessly to advocate for and give voice to many women trapped in this form of human slavery.  Recognizing Sister’s gift for research and writing, the Congregational Leadership Team asked her to take on a research project addressing this pressing issue in today’s society.  Her work included consultation with victims from several countries as well as the United States.  It was Helene’s hope that her project will give a voice to the voiceless victims of trafficking and help those who care for them.  Sister Helene is survived by her sister, Sister John Mary Hayes, SSND, of Dorchester, MA, her cousin, Sister Mary Ita Hayes, MHSH and many cousins in Ireland.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for Sister Helene at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013 in the Good Shepherd Center Chapel, 406 Hemenway Street, Marlborough.  Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Good Shepherd Center from 4-8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m.  Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Fitzgerald & Collins Funeral Home, ( 378 Lincoln Street, Marlborough, MA. Expression of sympathy in memory of Sister Helene may be made to the Good Shepherd Retirement Fund, 406 Hemenway Street, Marlborough, MA 01752.  The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, a world-wide congregation, was founded in France by St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier in 1835, in Boston in 1867, in Marlborough in1964 and in Harwichport in 1993.

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Sr. Yvette Bellerose, SSA
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
To Sister Ellen Kelly and the Sisters of Good Shepherd,
My sincerest condolences to all of you. Know that I am praying for you in this time of loss.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Sr. Yvette Bellerose, SSA

Nyssa Mestas Parampil
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
To Sisters of the Good Shepherd,

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Sr. Helene. I knew her from the anti-trafficking work she did. Her work expressed her deep love of people, and I know this must be a great loss for you all. My prayers are with you and Sr. Helene.

Nyssa Parampil

Mindy Loiselle
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
Dear Sisters,

I knew Sr. Helene only briefly by means of her anti trafficking work but even that slight experience led to my being very inspired by and deeply honoring of her spirit, kindness and intelligence.
Please accept my sincere condolences.

Mindy Loiselle
Richmond VA

S. Jean Schafer SDS
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
My deepest sympathy to all the Religious of the Good Shepherd for losing a wonderful compassionate woman. I was so saddened to learn of her illness and sudden death. My prayers for everyone sent with love, S. Jean

Mary DeSane
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
Dear Sister Ellen and all the Good Shepherd Sisters and Good Shepherd Family,
I am saddened to hear of Sr Helene's death and the void she leaves in the hearts of many. Please accept my heartfelt love to all. May she rest in the Heart of the Shepherd.
Mary DeSane

Lillian Betancourt Desmond
   Posted Tue January 08, 2013
Mother Helene.You will always be Mother to me not Sister. Mother Helen was my group mother at Mount St Florence also called St Germaine in Peekskill NY. After 42 years I got to see Mother Helene at our reunion this pass May of 2012. I was so happy to see her.She explain to me what she was doing now with Human Trafficking she was so happy working with this .Mother Helene I will never forget you and everything you did for me. I Love you Rest in Peace Lillian Betancourt Desmond

Luz Lopez Ortega
   Posted Tue January 08, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Sister Helene as Mother Helene; I was a Mt. Florence girl. She was the best English teacher I have ever known. I will never forget her. My condolences.

Linda Brooks Burke
   Posted Tue January 08, 2013
I knew Sister Helene (Mother as we called her) from 1969-1972 while living at St. Germaine's in Peekskill. In my minds eye she is always smiling. She loved us girls and we loved her right back. May she rest in peace and may God's love surround her family at this time.

Lourdes Montes
   Posted Tue January 08, 2013
I recently had the joy of seeing Sr. Helene in May at our Mt. Florence/St. Germaine reunion. I am so thankful that the Lord gave me the opportunity to see her and to be able to speak to her and I know that I will see her and speak to her again in Heaven. My prayers go out to family and friends.

Geraldine Hoban
   Posted Tue January 08, 2013
Both Joe and I send our condolences on the death of Sr. Helene. May her fidelity to the mission of the Good Shepherd live on in the lives of all those whom she touched so deeply. Be assured of our prayers and love. Gerry and Joe

Therese O'Malley Wolf
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013
What can I say.....the world has lost one of its angels. It is all of our loss! Sr. Helene was always there for me, being for me whatever I needed at different points in my life. Helping me to become the woman I am today. I was blessed to be a mount girl who has known unique and amazing people like Sr. Helene.

Eric Kingson
   Posted Thu January 10, 2013
Dear Sister John Mary Hayes, Sister Mary Ita Hayes and Sisters of the Good Shepherd Center,

I am so saddened to learn of Sister Helene's death.

While teaching at Boston College, I had the pleasure of getting to know Sister Helene, first as a student in one of the doctoral courses I taught and then as the chair of her dissertation and, later, the honor of writing the preface to her book.

I so very much respect how she seemed to approach all things, with wonderful humor, honesty and extraordinary competence, that I always felt were only surpassed by her deep and genuine commitment and passion to serve others. She touched my life and I know many others.

I will miss her.

I hope and trust that the memory of many good times with her and what she accomplished on behalf of so many people softens the loss to you and the Good Shepherd Sisters.

With respect and care,

Eric Kingson
Professor of Social Work
Syracuse University

maureen lynott
   Posted Thu January 10, 2013
for Helene:
Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.

Slan agus Beannacht. We will miss you greatly. Moe

Margaret Nacke CSJ
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
Dear Sisters of Good Shepherd...and I know that you are good shepherds to many. My sincere sympathy for your great loss of a wonderful woman, Helene Hayes. I only knew Helene when she contacted me for the Bakhita Initiative and told me about her interviews with victims of trafficking. I looked forward to reading the results of her research and of meeting her personally some day. May she rest in the peace of Christ.

Carol A. Quirk
   Posted Mon July 29, 2013
Will miss you Sister, I was back in the days of Sr. Martha Marie Crowley,
I was at Euphrasia Hall in Hartford Ct. Your journey to Heaven is completed.
Well done faithful servant...Carol and Sr. Martha Marie

Yvon Serge Dimiyo
   Posted Thu September 19, 2013
My family and I will keep in our prayers for all the good things you have done for us.
Rest In Peace in Jesus hands.

Angela LeBlanc Sherman
   Posted Sat July 25, 2015
I write this with the guilty of guilty and full of regret and painful heart.Why did I wait so Long? I hope with everything I believe in my heart and soul..that I will see you Sr. HELENA. & Sr.LORRAINE..I Wish and hope if there is anyone that knows of any reunions or alumni for The girls that these nuns looked over such as I.At Madonna Hall on cushinhill dr.I stayed for 2 years.Till the doors closed due to low funds.I was there I believe in 1984_85.These nuns...are Why am even here posting this today..when so many times..I almost was not.Id love to see the sisterhood..again. AngelA LeBlanc Sherman
82 alley st d3 lynn mass 01904 (8572433795). Till then.Good Sisters .I love you.

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