Aston, PA — Sister Norine Joseph Mulvey, OSF, died in St. Ann Convent, Tacoma, Washington, on April 16. She was eighty-five years of age and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for sixty-six years. Sister Norine Joseph (Elizabeth Mulvey) was born in County Leitrim, Ireland. She entered the congregation in 1937 at Mallow, County Cork, and professed her first vows in 1941 at St. Joseph Academy in Pendleton, Oregon. She earned a B.A. in Education from Holy Names College, Spokane, Washington, and an M.A. in Education and Administration from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington. Sister ministered both as an elementary school teacher and as a pastoral care chaplain. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and craft work, music, and baking.
Sister Norine Joseph began her many years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Spokane, serving at St. Joseph Orphanage (1940-1942, 1943-1944). She also ministered at Mt. St. Joseph Academy, Tekoa (1942-1943) and St. Charles School, Spokane (1957-1959, 1970-1971).
Sister Norine Joseph ministered for forty-one years in the Archdiocese of Seattle. She ministered at St. Charles School, Tacoma (1960-1964, 1972-1976); Our Lady of Lourdes School, Seattle (1964-1970); St. Leo School, Tacoma (1976-1977); and St. Ann Home (1977-1982). From 1986-1999 she ministered at various facilities while living first at Evergreen House and later at Olympus House, both in Tacoma. From 1999-2005 she did volunteer ministry at St. Francis Community Hospital, Federal Way; St. Ann Convent, Tacoma; and St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma. From 2005 until her death, she served in prayer ministry at St. Ann Convent in Tacoma.
Sister Norine Joseph ministered for thirteen years in the Diocese of Baker. From 1944-1950 and again from 1953-1957, she taught at St. Joseph Academy in Pendleton. She also ministered at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home in Baker from 1982-1985.
Sister Norine Joseph’s five years of service in the Archdiocese of Portland included teaching at Blessed Sacred School (1959-1960) and St. Patrick School (1950-1953), both in Portland, and St. James School, McMinnville (1971-1972).
All services will be held Friday, April 20. A viewing will be held 12:30-2:30 P.M. at St. Ann’s Convent, Tacoma, and Mass of Christian burial at 3:00 P.M. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Tacoma. Sister Norine Joseph is survived by her sister, Mary Doherty, of Ireland and two nephews and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to Franciscan Ministries Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.