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“Handmaid” horror: nun killed by car fleeing police

Last summer, I posted this item about a remarkable order of African American nuns in Harlem.

Late today, some sad news about one of their members:

An elderly nun was killed after a minivan fleeing the police struck a Honda at an intersection in Harlem, sending the minivan over a curb and into three pedestrians Tuesday morning, according to witnesses and police officials.

Wayne Harris, a 42-year-old salon owner, was sitting in his car at the corner of West 122nd Street and Lenox Avenue around 9:30 a.m. when he saw the blue Chrysler minivan barreling down Lenox Avenue southbound at a high speed. A black unmarked police car with lights flashing and sirens blaring followed about a block behind, he said.


The minivan ran through a red light and collided with a Honda Odyssey. The blue minivan started spinning and hit two elderly women who were standing on a traffic island at Lenox and West 122nd, waiting to cross, he said.

“It made a loud impact like an explosion,” Mr. Harris said.

The nun was identified by the Archdiocese of New York as Sister Mary Celine Graham, 83, of the Franciscan Handmaids of Mary in Harlem; Sister Mary Celine had been a member of the order for about 50 years, according to members of the convent.

There’s more at the link. 

 Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her…

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posted June 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm

And through the mercy of God, may she rest in peace. Amen.

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posted June 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm

She lived 83 years and was a member of her order for 50 years or so, only to die in this horrible situation. May she rest peacefully in the arms of the Goddess.

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posted October 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

I am depely saddened by this tragedy. May her soul be at peace and may her spirit continue to shine a light on all that her earthly presence touched. We as human beings can never prepare ourselves for the inevitable, especially when it affects one of God’s divine children. May her living not be in vain, and let us continue to teach other’s as she taught us. God Bless!
One of her student’s from 40 years ago.

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