QUEBEC, Canada — Sister Gloria Beaulieu (St. Paul de Sauveur), 93, a retired Sister of the Sisters of Charity in Quebec, died May 16, 2016 at the mother house in Quebec after 72 years of religious life, where she resided for the past 12 years. Her internment was at the Sisters of Charity cemetery in Quebec, Canada.
Sister Gloria Beaulieu was born in Fall River on Holy Thursday, March 29, 1923 and baptized on Easter. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Beaulieu and Blanche (Raymond) Beaulieu. She is survived by her sister, Estelle Desrochers along with two nephews and three nieces; 11 great nephews and nieces; 13 great great nieces and nephews.
Since childhood she had a great awareness of the religious life and the need for missionary work which she decided to make her life’s passion. She was built for the fraternal and Spiritual life of the religious Sisters. In 1941 she worked as an assistant seamstress at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart in New Bedford. She became a novitiate in 1943 where she took the name Sister Paul de Sauveur.
After her profession in 1945 she continued her studies in Fall River and Lowell. The following year, she taught English and typing at Cap St. Ignace. She returned to do studies at the mother house for a year. She then attended L’Ecole Normale in Thetford as an English and physical education teacher. She had her perpetual profession in 1950. Equipped with a master’s degree from the Department of Public Instruction she was an educator in Fall River until 1952. Then she returned to Canada as a professor of English and Latin at the Ecole Normale de Levis.
She was chosen for the foundation of the missionary work in Wakabayashai, Japan in 1953 where she started the missionary work with other Sisters. She became Mistress of the Japanese Novices. In 1957 she obtained a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of the Sacred Heart in Japan. From 1961 to 2004 she worked in Nakanoshima, Japan, and in 1967 she received a degree in theology. She was admired and loved by the Japanese people who found her to be a kind, patient, knowledgeable and a loving person who represented all missionaries in Japan. She was happy to celebrate her religious jubilee in Japan with her fellow missionary Sisters.
In 2004 she retired returning to the mother house in Canada where she had a serious fall that limited her mobility and made returning to Japan impossible. After her recuperation she continued her service by working in the Archives of the mother house as a translator.
She translated the Japanese missionary history from Japanese to French including all the historical development of the new missionary communities in Japan. She also transcribed the old paper documents on the history of the Sisters of Charity so as to preserve their heritage. She continued this service until her health deteriorated.
A memorial Mass in her honor will be celebrated on October 18 at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel at St. Anne’s Hospital, Fall River.