On Saturday, August 6, 2016, Sister Seraphine Herbst, the Executive Director Emeritus of Holy Childhood, passed away peacefully at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, surrounded by loved ones, according to the Sisters of St. Joseph.
“Sister Seraphine’s passing is a profound loss for all who knew her; she was a beautiful, peaceful soul, said Holy Childhood President and CEO, Donna Dedee. Her mission, in fact, her life’s calling, was to serve God and people in need, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sr. Seraphine led by example. She celebrated the abilities and individuality of the people we serve, and taught all she met the true meaning of kindness. We will always do our best to carry forth her loving spirit and the legacy that is Holy Childhood.”
Sister Seraphine began her life’s work serving others as a kindergarten teacher at Sacred Heart School in
Rochester. After that, she began her 50 year teaching and administrative career at Holy Childhood. She was named Director of Holy Childhood’s School Program in 1962 and then in 1974, was named Executive Director of the entire agency, which, by then had expanded beyond the school program to also serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In September of 2013, Holy Childhood dedicated its newly renovated lobby to Sister Seraphine, a poignant nod to the way she carried out her daily work at the agency.
“Sister Seraphine was known for the loving way she greeted every person at the front door of Holy Childhood every day of her career here,” said Dedee. “It was only fitting that we would name that new welcoming space for the dear woman who made Holy Childhood what it is. We all will strive now to carry out the legacy Sr. Seraphine built.”
Sister Seraphine Herbst was 87