HUMBOLDT, Sask. — A funeral for a longtime member of the St. Augustine Parish team was held Dec. 8 in Humboldt.
Sister Loretta Konlup, OSU, died Dec. 2 at the age of 81 years, after a recent diagnosis of cancer.
Born in 1933, Konlup and her identical twin Luella were the daughters of Anthony and Katherine (Brockman) Konlup. In 1952, both young women joined the Ursulines of Bruno, becoming Sister Loretta and Sister Kathleen. Sister Kathleen died of cancer in 1969, at the age of 36.
Konlup attended St. Augustine School in Humboldt and Ursuline Academy in Bruno, and earned university degrees in music and education. She taught piano, and worked as a teacher in Delta, B.C., for several years. She was a teacher in the St. Peter’s Adult Religious Studies (SPARS) program in St. Peter’s Abbacy and served for many years at St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt.
In her role as parish pastoral associate, Konlup looked after RCIA and baptismal preparation, preparation for confirmation and first eucharist, funerals and weddings. She co-ordinated liturgical ministries both on Sundays and weekdays.
Konlup was active in the local ministerial association, encouraging ecumenical prayer and joint social projects. She had a heart for helping the poor, the unemployed and the lonely. For many years, she co-ordinated the local food bank, an initiative of the Humboldt Ministerial Association, and participated in Christmas Cheer events and other local initiatives.
Her outstanding commitment earned her the Humboldt Citizen of the Year Award in 2006.
In 2012 she retired from parish ministry, and moved into Saskatoon to care for her co-sister and friend Sister Carmelita Kolla, who died in August 2014.
She was one of the Ursulines of Bruno in attendance at a farewell celebration for the religious congregation held in May 2014 at St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt, expressing words of thanks on behalf of all the sisters, saying, “We leave our blessing with you and ask for God’s grace for all of us to remain faithful to where he is leading.”
On Oct. 8, Konlup moved into Trinity Manor in Saskatoon. Her illness was sudden, and she died at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon Dec. 2.