Article by Phoenix writer Alice Miller ’25:
The Little Sisters of the Poor have placed a new garden at the Queen of Peace Residence in Mrs. Basile’s honor. Bro. Michael Gillen S.M. and Mr. Finn asked the Kellenberg crew team to assist in the creation. Kellenberg parents and students had provided extensive amounts of their support.
The Little Sisters are known for taking care of the elderly and serving God with a strong dedication to their vocation. The garden was chosen to be planted at the Queen of Peace due to Mrs. Basile’s connection to the sisters. On top of that, Mrs. Basile is interred near the residence at Regina Pacis, which in Latin translates “Queen of Peace”.
Losing people who are close to you is one of the hardest things to deal with. It would be an understatement to call finding hope in a tragedy a burdensome task. Despite the hardship, Mr. Basile found the silver lining in the clouds, saying, “She would want everyone here at Kellenberg to be reminded of the importance of living as if the resurrection was the most important thing in our lives.” Residents are able to see the beauty that is the nature in the garden that will remind them of her faithfulness and invoke the hope of the resurrection.
(Photo: Mrs. Basile with her daughter Maggie Basile ’19)