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  1. We are all the better for having known Sr. Mary Ellen Rufft. Sr. Mary Ellen had a loving heart as big as the world. Mary Ellen is now a part of all of our histories and her light still shines.

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  2. My heart and my prayers go out to the Sisters of Divine Providence, over the death of Sister Mary Ellen Rufft. I remember fondly my many conversations with her. She was a class act, in her teaching, leadership and friendships. I regret that my parish duties prevented me from attending her funeral Mass. May she rest in peace with the angels in the arms of her and our Provident God.
    FATHER FRANK D. ALMADE

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  3. I had the privilege of working with Ellen as her billing assistant for 20+ years. She was a true friend and professional mentor to me. I will cherish the memories of her wit and wisdom forever. Rest well, my friend.

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  4. Ellen was a mentor and loving friend who touched my heart and my life in many ways. She is now enjoying the Loving Light of Providence reunited with Janet.

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  5. Mary Ellen was very special to us in Puerto Rico. She always supported and respected us. We enjoyed her sense of humor. She knew how to play the role of the corpse with elegance and dignity. She was able to develop the brain sack story with Mary Joan. She will always be in our hearts. We will continue to ask her to intercede for us and our people, both in PR, DR,
    Peru, Korea, Germany, USA and everywhere that justice and peace are needed. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

    Maybe she did not have had an international stomach, but she did have an international and intercultural mind, will and heart. We love her for her openness and welcome, for being the Providence face of God.
    Carmen in the name of the Sisters in Puerto Rico

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  6. “But you take pleasure in the faces of those
    Who knows the thirst.” Rilke

    I Know I Thirst

    Do not, I pray you, oh God,
    Quench my thirst.
    It is all that keeps me living,
    Not just as I am,
    But at all.

    Do not mistake my meaning, dearest God.
    I would have your comfort by any other nod.
    Let me walk in the rain of your compassion,
    Bathe in the waters of your grace.
    Let me swim in the wonder of your bigness,
    Wash clean in mercy ‘s soft embrace.

    I pray, wet even my lips with drops that heal.
    Feed me morsels of wisdom rare.
    Entice me with tastes of your generous love.
    Please gift me in ways you deem fair.

    But, Dearest Friend, just this I ask:
    Slake not my thirst!

    You drew me here, five decades past,
    With longing for the springs that last.
    I yearn to taste their wonders still
    And daily seek my need to fill.
    But grant instead the thirst that lures
    Until I’m where just love endures.

    Sister Mary Ellen Rufft
    September 8, 2007

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  7. Ellen is my dear friend and I shall miss her. A caring and empathic soul. She was always so kind to me and gave so much of herself. I will carry her in my heart and in my thoughts always. My sincere blessings to you my dear friend.
    Cathy Frye

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  8. Around seven years ago, I had occasion to help Sr Ellen transport boxes of hymnals from Bellevue to the Passionist nuns Monestary in the Brentwood/Carrick area. She mentioned that her family’s home where she grew up was in the area and she hadn’t been back. So we drove to the street and she pointed out her first home and she relayed stories from her childhood. There were some hard times but given Sr Ellen’s delicious sense of humor, she could make light of hard times such when her sisters wanted spaghetti ( they never had spaghetti before) so her mother boiled some noodles and dumped ketchup on ! And that was spaghetti! Like everyone, St Ellen had many chapters to her life. She was a beautiful human being, even during her last chapter with a failing memory. She lives on with all the people she has touched, and that’s allot.

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  9. I had the great honor of serving on the board of Sisters Place with Sr Mary Ellen for many years. There are so many wonderful things I could say about her, her work, and her accomplishments but the one thing that comes to mind first is whenever I was with her I had an overwhelming sense of being in a circle of loving kindness. She had the gift of a warm embrace that allowed you to know you were in a safe place. She must have been a wonderful counselor. She will be missed and remembered.

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  10. I want you to know I’m praying for Ellen and for you and all our Sisters who are experiencing Ellen’s death with sadness and a sense of loss. I am accompanying you, though from a distance, through these days.

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  11. Ellen’s death, while not a shock, is surely sad. I have so many wonderful memories of her wry humor, her scholarship, her great gift for writing, and her years of leadership in the community. My sincere sympathy to the community and to her family. She will be remembered with love.

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