Last month, scores of admirers from 2 churches joined to honor Sister Maureen Fleming.
The occasion was 60 years of religious service. And what service the energetic 79-year-old nun has provided!
First at Assumption, then at St. Luke, Sister Maureen has run many ministries, and all of the funerals.
Her official title is coordinator of pastoral outreach. But she does much, much more.
Nanette Buziak toasted her by saying:
Thank you for enriching our lives in so many ways. You are a good friend and confidante to us all, as we face various points along our spiritual journeys.
From hosting Seder dinners before first communion, to running our Harvest Fair and annual raffle; from leading Mosaics and New Horizons, as well as our parish outreach ministry, you truly live your faith. You exemplify 60 years of religious life better than anyone we know.
She is an advocate for women’s and children’s rights, education and the fight against poverty. As an NGO registered with the United Nations she participates in lectures and conferences dealing with women’s and children’s justice issues, especially human trafficking.
From 1995 to 2005 Sister Maureen was director of Caroline House, the literacy center for immigrant women in Bridgeport that was started by her order.
Two years ago, Fairfield University honored Sister Maureen with an honorary doctorate.
Oh, yeah: She met Pope Francis in Washington, DC. She knows all the good people.
And now Westport knows all about this week’s Unsung Hero.