The Daughters of Wisdom of the USA Province, Islip, along with family and friends filled the Lavender Room at the Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood, on April 16 to celebrate Sister Lucy Daigle’s 101st birthday.
Sister Lucy (formerly Sister Maxine de la Ste. Famille) is the oldest of the Daughters of Wisdom, USA Province, and has been in religious life for 81 years.
Her early career began in Ste. Justine Hospital, Montreal, where she studied to become a nurse. After a year, she came to Long Island where she ministered for over 30 years at St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, initially as a physical therapy aide during the days of the polio epidemic and later as a nurse. She then relocated to Norfolk, Virginia where she worked at St. Mary’s Home for the Disabled until her retirement.
Fond memories of earlier days with Sister Lucy included talk of her hometown in Daigle, Maine ( a small town once occupied mostly by Daigle family members), her education at Our Lady of Wisdom High School in St. Agatha, Maine, where she first encountered the Daughters of Wisdom, and her legacy as a kind, loving and encouraging healer.
One of the party guests was fellow Daughter of Wisdom Sister Virginia Cunniff, 90, who recalled her first encounter with Sister Lucy at St. Charles Hospital the late 1930’s when she was a ten-year-old patient and Sister Lucy was her physical therapist.