Sr. Mary Lucy Astuto, DEF
April 1, 1940 – February 8, 2020
Beloved foundress of the Daughters of the Eternal Father.
Born Teresa Marie Astuto to parents, Rosario and Lucia Astuto, originally from Carlentini, Sicily, she joined three brothers, Lucian, Venerino (Sam), Joseph and sister, Josephine. She attended St. Peter’s Grade School and went on to Mercy High School, graduating in June 1957. She entered the Sisters of Mercy Community on September 8, 1957, professed her temporary vows in 1960, then her final vows two years later. She attained both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education and spent many years teaching in grade schools throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri.
After 45 years as a Sister of Mercy, she was inspired to establish a new religious community of her own. In 2002, she founded the Daughters of the Eternal Father, whose mission is teaching the Catholic faith and preparing God’s children for Baptism, Confirmation, First Confession, and First Communion as well as to show mercy to those in need. The community vows to Faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Church.
Sr. Mary Lucy has produced several professional music and rosary CDs, and was very much involved in Spirit Catholic Radio, who play her recorded rosary early every morning.
Often, she was asked why she wears pink. She explained, “Pink is a symbol of hope and joy, and we can use more of that in our world today.”
Her parents, brothers, and sister have all preceded her in death. She is survived by one brother-in-law, Henry Eby, and numerous nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: Friday, February 14th from 5pm to 7pm, at St. Peter Catholic Church (2706 Leavenworth St.) followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, February 15th, 10am, St. Peter Catholic Church. INTERMENT: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Daughters of the Eternal Father.