Sr. Thérèse Michaud D.W. (Aurelie)
Daughter of Wisdom
Today we celebrate Sr. Thérèse (Aurelie) Michaud’s life and her entrance into new life. A Daughter of Wisdom, she entered eternal life on February 12, 2021 at Ridgewood Estates in Madawaska, ME.
Thérèse Michaud, Sr. Aurelie, daughter of Emile and Agnes Picard Michaud, born October 4, 1921 in Ste-Agathe, Maine. She made her religious profession on February 2, 1940 in Ottawa, Canada.
Sr. Aurelie, a Daughter of Wisdom, who was inspired by the Word of God and who lived an extraordinary life in an ordinary way. This aspect of her life was expressed in different ministries but especially valued was her ability to respond in service to those less fortunate. These ministries were nourished by her devotion to Mary and the presence of our Wisdom God in her life.
Sr. Aurelie, a woman of many talents, was called upon to serve as a teacher at Wharton Memorial Institution for mentally challenged children, and she worked at an orthopedic residential hospital, St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, New York. From there she went to an expanded general hospital, which was her home for the next twenty years. She found her work among the sick and the handicapped very rewarding. She served as a nurse to our elderly and retired sisters at Miller Place, Sound Beach, New York. She served as the contact person in Ste-Agathe, Maine, ministering to patients as a visiting nurse in the area. Sr. Aurelie also was involved in parish work. She was then asked to West Virginia to work in a children’s clinic in Appalachia.
Sr. Aurelie became a member of an inter-community shelter for the homeless in Uniondale, New York. At the same time, she was also a volunteer at a newly opened AIDS shelter. Sr. Aurelie and her team assisted in guiding some of these people to their heavenly home. God was definitely present in this home. Sr. Aurelie was the coordinator for the elderly sisters in Bristol, CT and later served the sisters in Terryville, CT. Being close to Wisdom Center in Litchfield, CT, she took part in all of the wonderful spiritual sessions available, which she felt was a very rich experience.
In 2008, Sr. Aurelie returned to her hometown of Ste-Agathe, Maine, to be close to her family. She became a resident at Montfort Heights, located in the center of the community. With this move, Sr. Aurelie committed her life to fellowship and prayer.
Since 2018, she has resided at Ridgewood Estates in Madawaska, ME where she led the daily rosary and served as lector at Mass.
Celebrating 80 years of religious life, February 2, 2020 she was recognized as the Doyenne of the American Province and the most senior citizen of St. Agatha, Maine.
Sr. Aurelie is survived by her siblings Lewis Michaud of Augusta, ME, and Dorilda (Normand) Daigle of Madawaska, ME, adopted by Pépère and Mémère; Joan Michaud Hebert and Donald Michaud of Madawaska, ME. Several devoted nieces and nephews and their families; Daughters of Wisdom Community. She was pre-deceased by her parents, brothers Norman, Aurel, Camille and a sister, Rita Lavoie.
Due to the Pandemic, a Mass of Christian burial will be held in St. Agatha Church for the Family with Fr. Jim Plourde Officiating. Burial will be in the Notre Dame de la Sagesse Cemetery in St. Agatha in the Spring.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sr. Aurelie’s memory may be made to
Long Lake Public Library, 384 Main Street, St. Agatha, Me 04772, Our Lady of the Valley Parish, P.O. Box 10, St. Agatha, Me 04772
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