A celebration of life for Sister Philip Marie Burle, CPPS, was held June 4 at St. Raymond Maronite Cathedral in St. Louis. Sister Philip Marie died April 4. She was 90 years old.
Marlene Mary Senora Burle was born on Sept. 21, 1933, to Philip and Mary (Abdelah) Burle. She was baptized on Oct. 15, 1933, at St. Mary Church in St. Louis.
She entered the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood in 1955 and received the name Sister Philip Marie. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Fontbonne College (now University) and a master’s degree in counseling and guidance at Saint Louis University.
She was an elementary school teacher at St. Peter School in Mendota, Minnesota. In Missouri, she taught elementary grades at Sacred Heart in Caruthersville; St. Agnes in Bloomsdale; St. Stephen Protomartyr and St. Clement in St. Louis; and Our Lady of Fatima and Most Sacred Heart in Florissant. She also served in secondary education at Bishop DuBourg High School and St. Elizabeth Academy in St. Louis.
In the late 1960s, Sr. Philip Marie became active in the charismatic prayer movement, leading prayer groups and retreats. She co-authored the book, “You Will Receive Power, A Holy Spirit Seminar.” She also authored “Praying the Scriptures of the Rosary and the Way of the Cross,” “Praying the Scriptures of the Rosary of the Mysteries of Light and Parallel,” and “Following Jesus on Pilgrimage in the Holy Land: Guide and Journal.”
What began as a ministry of retreats and conferences in the St. Louis Archdiocese soon spread to other areas of the U.S. and then to countries throughout the world. Sister Philip Marie led retreats on six continents and has conducted numerous tours to the Holy Land.
Sister Philip Marie was preceded in death by her parents and by her half-sister, Velma Simon, and her brother John (Jane) Burle.