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Sister Mary Urban Harrer, SSM to Leave Morris County on Sept. 28


09/21/2007

Beloved Sister & Matriarch of Saint Clare's to Enjoy Official Retirement in Wisconsin; Festive Reception Planned for Sept. 26

Sister Mary Urban Harrer, SSM, a beloved member of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother and of the Saint Clare's and Morris County community, will be leaving the Morris County area on Friday, September 28 for a well-deserved official retirement in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  She will be joining her blood sister, Sister Mary Scholastica, as well as other Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother at the order's retirement center, Franciscan Courts. After a long term of service and support to Saint Clare's Health System, Sister Urban will finally take the opportunity to rest and relax.

"Blessed with endless energy and an effervescent personality, Sister Mary Urban has provided Saint Clare's Health System with countless years of leadership, guidance and enthusiasm. She is truly the symbol of Saint Clare's in the community," stated Gary J. Blan, President & CEO of Saint Clare's Health System. "For countless years she has invested her heart and soul into Saint Clare's and to the Morris County Community. From visiting and praying with patients in the hospital, to the creation and over two decade run of the Saint Clare's Harvest Festival, and most recently as the Honorary Chair of the Miracles capital campaign, Sister has epitomized the mission and vision of Saint Clare's through all she did. She will be missed by her Saint Clare's and community family, but we wish her well as she enters this new phase in her life."
 
Sister Urban's accomplishments were numerous during her tenure at Saint Clare's. She served as hospital administrator for Saint Clare's from 1967-1971, and as Chair of the Saint Clare's Health System Board of Trustees from 1971-1996. Sister also founded the Saint Clare's Harvest Festival in 1974, which had a successful run through 2003 during which the annual event raised over $5 million in support of Saint Clare's programs and services. In 1984, Saint Clare's Hospital/Denville doubled its size with the opening of the Urban Tower, aptly named in honor of Sister Urban. She has served on the board of the Auxiliary of Saint Clare's Hospital/Denville & Boonton Township, and, most recently served as the Special Honorary Chair of the current Miracles capital campaign

The public is invited to bid farewell to Sister Urban at a festive reception in her honor. The reception is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the St. Francis Residential Community, Diamond Spring Road, Denville.

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