We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our Pastoral Minster, Evelyn Kiley, who was loved by all and an inspiration to many.
Originally an LPN, Evelyn Kiley has always been ministering to others. She began her career here at St Anthony almost 30 years ago when the pastor at the time, Father O’Dea, asked her to help at the parish center. She soon learned of an evangelization program run by the Archdiocese. Evelyn attended that program for one year and began to minister parishioners in need as well as reach out to others in hopes of bringing them back to the church.
This work led her to a Biblical study program, a Lay Ministry Bereavement internship and finally to the Pastoral Biblical School for Pastoral care. Her prayer life increased and the Lord led her to new ministries to serve others. Since then, she has been the Pastoral Minister at St Anthony Church until her retirement last month. The position was multifaceted to say the least. Her faith guided her through all these experiences.
During her time as Pastoral minister, Evelyn met the needs of many on a daily basis: She consoled the bereaved for almost a year past their loss; she visited the sick and elderly in hospitals and at home, bringing them Communion and company. For many years she ran the food pantry, organized the Christmas giving tree donations and helped destitute parishioners find outside resources.
Evelyn was also the first Parish Nurse in our parish through the Valley Parish Nurse Program. In 2015 she was recognized for twenty years of membership by Griffin Hospital Parish Nurse and Community Outreach Department.
As Father Gregory shared at Mass “Evelyn Kiley was, for our parish, our own Mother Theresa. She was so kind, so generous and warm. She was always smiling and touched so many people's lives. She brought Communion to the sick and encouraged them on her visits. She ran our food pantry and helped those in need.
We were blessed by her presence. Evelyn was a very faithful and spiritual woman. Now she is praying for us in Heaven, but we will also pray for her.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”