Alice Armina Lynch, born on January 2, 1926 in the seaside Island Community of Valencia in County Kerry, Ireland, was the seventh child of Michael and Mary Josephine Lynch. Alice had four brothers: David, Michael, Denis and John. She had four sisters: Catherine, Eileen, Bridget and Mary. Her early education was in the Ballyhearney NS School in Valencia. Alice attended and graduated with honors from the St. Joseph Presentation HS in Caherciveen, Valencia. Transportation to the school was by boat. Following high school graduation, Alice was employed as a Writing Assistant for Civil Services in Dublin. When she was 21, Alice started to reflect on entering religious life. On September 8,1950, at age 24, she became an aspirant with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland. Ten months later, Alice traveled to the United States to begin her postulancy program at St. Michael Novitiate in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. On February 2,1952, Alice Lynch received the religious habit and was given the name Sister Mary Clarice. Her novitiate training continued for two years, and on March 19,1954, Sister Clarice pronounced her First Vows.
Following her First Profession, Sr. Clarice was assigned to teach at St. Anne's Elementary School in Fair Lawn, NJ. This was the start of eight years as an Elementary School teacher in parish schools. The year 1962 brought a new assignment to teach French, Algebra and Religion at St. Genevieve's HS in Van Nuys, California. In subsequent years, Sr. Clarice was assigned to teach similar subjects in high schools staffed by the CSJP's in West Virginia and New Jersey. With the advent of the Second Vatican Council, Sr. Clarice returned to her baptismal name, Alice. In 1974, she went to the Lwak Girls HS in KENYA, East Africa to assist with teacher education. In her second and third years in Kenya, Sr. Alice served as Teacher and Head Mistress at the Misikhu Girls High School. Starting in 1978 and continuing to 1990,
Sr. Alice's ministry was directed to Religious Education in parishes. During this period, 1985-1986, she took time off for a sabbatical year of study at Holy Name College in Oakland, California. Sr. Alice was recognized by her teaching companions as a creative and skillful teacher who greatly enjoyed her time in the classroom. In 1992, Sr. Alice, now age 66, changed to pastoral ministry with the elderly at the Villa Marie Claire in Saddle River, NJ. She served here until she retired to St Michael Villa in 2007.
Sr. Alice was an active participant in the programs offered to the retired Sisters at St. Michael Villa. However, her physical health started to deteriorate and bouts of confusion replaced her sharp thought processes. Sr. Alice died on January 2, 2017 in the St. Michael Villa Infirmary, Her funeral Mass was offered by Fr James McDonald on January 6th in the St. Michael Villa Infirmary Chapel. Burial followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. Sr. Alice was predeceased by all her brothers and sisters. She was survived by numerous nieces and nephews in Ireland, England, and Japan.
"Life and prayer are intertwined, because the natural thing to do is to talk to God, to pray. Nothing is compartmentalized. "
Margaret Dove, CSJP