Sister Nivarda Filip, nee Veronica Cecilia Filip, Sister of Christian Charity, entered eternal life on August 28, 2021, at the Motherhouse in Mendham, NJ, at the age of 94.
Sister Nivarda was born in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania, on February 7, 1927, to her loving parents Adam and Eva Susan (Lacek) Filip. Sister entered the Sisters of Christian Charity in Mendham, NJ, on August 15, 1945. On August 21, 1948, Sister professed her First Vows and on August 20, 1954, professed her Final Holy Vows.
Sister Nivarda was a remarkable, loved, and dedicated teacher for 45 years teaching every grade from elementary school through high school. Her teaching career was served in the tri-state area including Wilkes-Barre, PA; Luzerne, PA; Scranton, PA; McSherrystown, P;, Hazleton, PA; Reading, PA; Rockaway, NJ; Hackettstown, NJ; Jersey City, NJ; Poughkeepsie, NY, and Bronx, NY. In addition, Sister taught in Winter Park, FL. One can say that Sister Nivarda joined the Convent and saw the world since she had the opportunity of attending the Beatification of our Foundress, Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, in Rome in 1985, and then again traveled to Rome and Germany for a Spiritual Renewal in 1996. Sister Nivarda was involved in retreat ministry at Villa Pauline in Mendham, NJ, for a brief period. Following this ministry, Sister was transferred to Danville, PA, where Sister served as Coordinator of Activities and Decorations in Sacred Heart Convent for 22 years until her retirement brought her to Mendham, NJ, in 2018.
Sister Nivarda is survived by her nieces Theresa Goldowski of Nanticoke, PA, and Rose Birosak of Mayfield, PA; her nephew, Gerald Liba of Shelton, CT, and her grandniece, Peggy Schlegel of Mechanicsburg, PA. Sister was pre-deceased by her brother Steve, and sisters, Mary, Helen, Betty, Eva, and Sr. Judith, a Sister of St. Cyril and Methodius.
Viewing will be on Tuesday, August 31 with Evening Prayer at 7:00 PM in the Chapel of Mary Immaculate, Motherhouse, Mendham, NJ.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Motherhouse on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 11:00 AM with the interment to follow in the Motherhouse cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made in memory of Sister Nivarda to the Sisters of Christian Charity, 350 Bernardsville Rd, Mendham, NJ 07945.