Mother Mary of the Angels and Sister Mary Immaculate at the Mass celebrating the Sisters of Reparation’s 50 years of service.
Mother Mary of the Angels and Sister Mary Immaculate at the Mass celebrating the Sisters of Reparation’s 50 years of service.
Sister of Reparation Mary Immaculate Bunty, 91, died Tuesday, May 4. There will be a funeral Mass Wednesday, May 12, at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northwest Portland at 1 p.m. Archbishop Alexander Sample will preside over the service, which will be live streamed from the Cathedral's website. . Sister Mary Immaculate will be brought to the Sisters of Reparation Motherhouse in Southeast Portland Tuesday, May 11.

Sister Mary Immaculate had been ill for some time and had asked her community to pray to God to let her go to him. “She has said ‘yes’ to the Lord her entire life,” said Mother Mary of the Angels, superior of the Sisters of Reparation of the Sacred Wounds of Jesus.

Mother Mary of the Angels is also Sister Mary Immaculate’s blood sister.

The two sisters were co-foundresses of their community, which they helped begin as youths in 1959.

Sister Mary Immaculate had, according to her mother, declared her intention to become a sister when she was just 2 1/2.

In turn, Mother Mary of the Angels, her sister, a nurse, and for many years the evening and night administrator of Providence Medical Center in Northeast Portland, never intended to become a nurse but rather wanted to be a sister — like her older sister.

The Sisters of Reparation have long been known for their steadfast devotion to prayer and evangelizing Catholics. They are especially beloved at St. Anthony Parish in Southeast Portland, where they have hosted many events to liven the faith life of that parish.

Those events included singing in the Ave Maria Chorus at St. Anthony, for singing is part of the charism of the sisters’ order, founded by concert artist Yvonne Chalfonte.

The Sisters of Reparation have been an integral part of St. Anthony Church for the last 15 years.

“Sister Mary Immaculate shared her gifts at our weekend Masses as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and a reader,” said Father Patrick Donoghue, pastor. “I remember her for her prayers, her willingness to help, her smile and her encouraging words.”

Sister Mary Immaculate also worked in St. Joseph Parish in Vancouver, Washington, All Saints in Northeast Portland, St. Anne in Gresham, St. Thomas in Camas and at The Grotto.

Sister Mary Immaculate was a driving force in her order’s establishing summer retreats for girls. The Sisters of Reparation have held those retreats for three years and have established good friendships with several young women. In 2003 Sister Mary Immaculate said the most important thing in religious life is for the religious to grow spiritually.

“Kids have to know that this is a viable and important choice,” said Sister Mary Immaculate. “And it’s a good life.”

Sister Mary Immaculate will be buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Northwest Portland. 

“As she served the communion of saints on earth, may she now enjoy the fullness of the communion of saints in heaven,” said Father Donoghue.