Sister Theresa Labrecque, SCIMSister Theresa Labrecque, SCIM

Please join in praying for the soul of Sister Theresa Labrecque, SCIM, formerly known as Sister St. Robert of Milan, who died at St. Joseph Convent on April 11, at the age of 98. 

She was born to Eugene Labrecque and Ludivine Roy Labrecque on October 6, 1923, in Lawrence, MA, the second child in a family of eleven children.  She received her education at St. Anne School and St. Anne High School in Lawrence, MA.

On August 25, 1942, she entered the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec, in Biddeford.  After her initial training, she spent one year at the motherhouse in Quebec, where she studied and readied herself for teaching.  She taught in the Van Buren schools from 1945 until 1954 when she began her missionary service in Lesotho, Africa. where she functioned as an educator until 1994.

Upon her return from southern Africa, Sister Theresa began her ministry as assistant director of Bay View Villa in Saco, welcoming visiting and vacationing guests. In 2008, upon the closure of Bay View Convent, she moved to St. Joseph Convent in Biddeford.

Sister Theresa is survived by two brothers. She also leaves two sisters who are members of different religious communities: Sister Lillian, an Oblate of Bethany in Quebec, and Sister Pauline, an auxiliary of the Blessed Sacrament in Wisconsin. She is predeceased by four brothers: Roger, a Marist priest who died in 1987, Robert, a Marist priest who died in 1992, Raymond, and Richard; and by two sisters: Sister Jeannette, SCIM. who died in 2000, and Sister Cecile, SCIM, who died in 2013.