OSSINING, N.Y. – Sister Honora Lucilla Felix, an educator in Guatemala and Panama, died Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Phelps Memorial Hospital, Sleepy Hollow. She was 81.
Born Nov. 7, 1934, in Worcester, Mass., she graduated from Attleboro High School in 1952 and Trinity College, Washington, D.C., in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in history, specializing in government. Sister Honora entered the Maryknoll Congregation from St. John the Evangelist Parish, Attleboro, Mass. Sept. 2, 1956, and was given the religious name Sister Christiana Maria. She made her First Profession of Vows June 24, 1959, at Maryknoll, and her Final Vows June 24, 1965, in Panama.
Sister Honora began her work with Maryknoll in 1959, serving in the publicity department at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, during which she appeared on the Archdiocese of New York’s children’s program, “Let’s Talk About God,” on WNBC-TV.
In September 1960, she embarked on her first foreign mission to Central America. Her first stop was Guatemala, where she spent five months studying Spanish. She then arrived in Mexico, where she taught English and religion for the next two years. In 1963, she traveled to Panama, where she continued her teaching in history, geography, math, art and religious education.
Sister Honora returned to Guatemala in 1967 and remained there until 1981.
After 10 years in the United States., during which time she took care of her ailing mother and offered Congregational Service in the Center’s Development Department and Archives, Sister Honora returned to Guatemala in 1993. She ministered to the poor and marginalized in Mezquital, outside Guatemala City for 11 years.
She was involved in pastoral work, religious education and literacy. Sister Honora returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in 2004, where she served as an office assistant for the congregation’s Eden Community until 2014.
A vespers service will be conducted at 4:15 p.m. Monday in the main chapel at Maryknoll Sisters Center. A funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday also in the main chapel. Interment will follow in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the center's grounds.
Arrangements are being handled by Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc.
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