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Sister Agnes Cazale, 91, Maryknoll missioner

Sister Agnes Cazale
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OSSINING, N.Y. -- Sister Agnes Cazale, a native of New Orleans and a Maryknoll missioner and catechist in China for more than 50 years, died April 8, at Maryknoll Sisters Home Care IV, in Ossining. She was 91 years old and had been a Maryknoll sister for 70 years.

Sister Agnes was born on Jan. 30, 1923 in New Orleans to Philip P. and Henrietta Lassus Cazale, She entered Maryknoll from St. Matthew’s Parish in, Riverridge, La., on Sept. 7, 1943, and received the religious name, Sister Maria Petra, at her reception into the community.  She made her first vows on March 7, 1946 at Maryknoll in Ossining, and her final vows on March 7, 1949, in Wuchow, Kwangsi, South China.

She graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, in 1982 with a master's in pastoral counseling and a certificate in spiritual direction from its Center of Spirituality and Justice.  Sister Agnes also earned a bachelor's in community service from Mary Rogers College at Maryknoll in 1971. Prior to entering Maryknoll, she also attended LaSalle Extension School, Chicago, from 1941-42 and Allen School of Commerce, New Orleans, from 1939-1940. She graduated from Dominican High School, New Orleans, in 1939.

Sister Agnes received her appointment to China in 1947. In 1977, Sister Agnes returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, where she worked in the Development Department until 1982, while studying for her master’s at Iona College. She returned to China in 1982.

Sister Agnes is survived by two sisters, Sister Ursula Cazale, in St. Louis and Rita Lechnar of Uniontown, Pa.

A vesper service will be held for Sister Agnes on Monday, April 14 at 4:15 p.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15. Both will be held in the Annunciation Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.  Burial will be in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery at Maryknol. Dorsey Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.

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