Sr. Florence Trahan, RSM (1928-2009)
Sister Florence Trahan, RSM, of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Community, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, (November 25, 2009). Sister Florence entered the Sisters of Mercy on June 27, 1948, and was professed on January 2, 1951. Born December 11, 1928, in Norwich, Connecticut, USA, she was the daughter of Arthur and Alida (Daigneault) Trahan. Sister Florence graduated from Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, and received advanced degrees from Laval University, Quebec, Canada; Manhattanville College, New York, and the Institute for Spiritual Leadership at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
During the course of her life she taught at Lauralton Hall, Milford, introduced young women into religious life at Our Lady of Mercy Novitiate, Madison, Wisconson, USA, served on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy, founded the Spiritual Life Center in Montville and for the last twenty-two years ministered as a spiritual director and retreat minister at Mercy Center, Madison, as well as in local parishes and the Philippines.
At Mercy Center she was the Director of the School of Spirituality, Director of the Institute of Spiritual Direction and administered a sabbatical program for an international group of persons who came to the Center. Sister Florence will be sorely missed by her sisters in Community and by those to whom she ministered. In her years at Mercy Center, Florence was a mentor to a generation of spiritual directors. Florence had a deep conviction in the action of God in the human person and delighted in helping people recognize and savor it.