Sister Victoria Masterpaul, who served the Diocese of Buffalo in various ministries, died April 15, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany. She was 83.
Sister was born Victoria Mary Masterpaul on January 22, 1936, in Cortland, to James and Lena Corso Masterpaul.
Sister Victoria Masterpaul entered the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany on September 8, 1960, was received into the Congregation on July 2, 1961 and professed her final religious vows on July 2, 1968. Committed to the Franciscan charism, Sister Vicki lived for 59 years as a devoted member of the Allegany Franciscan Sisters, sharing her life in community and ministry. During those years, she demonstrated great strength, endless patience and good humor when faced with adversity.
She graduated from St. Mary Elementary and High Schools in Cortland. Following graduation, she earned a bachelor's degree in Nursing from Mount St. Vincent College in New York City, and a master of arts in Education, as well as a master of arts in Sacred Science from St. Bonaventure University.
Because of her many gifts, Sister Vicki's ministries varied over the years. During 1968-1978, she responded willingly and graciously to serve the Congregation as assistant general secretary, guidance counselor for the formation program, personnel director, editor of the sisters' Allegany newsletter and assistant/local coordinator at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse.
In her nursing capacity, Sister Vicki ministered with great compassion and taught in the sisters' hospitals: St. Clare's in New York City, Our Lady of Lourdes in Camden, N.J., and St. Francis in Miami Beach, Fla. While at St. Francis Hospital, she served as pastoral care associate, patient representative and local coordinator of the convent. She returned to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital from 1985-1989 where she worked in patient relations while serving as local minister at St. Gregory Convent.
Sister Vicki was elected Region II Minister for the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany (1992-2000). In this ministry, she served the sisters lovingly and attentively and was extremely supportive of them. She was beloved by sisters and friars wherever she ministered. In 2000, she returned to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital School of Nursing until 2002. In July 2002, she retired from active ministry and moved to St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in Allegany.
Sister Vicki is predeceased by her parents. She is survived by a brother, Joseph.
A funeral Mass was celebrated in the Chapel of St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, followed by burial in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.