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Jul 20, 2014 4:28 PM by Akeam Ashford

Grand Coteau Nun Remembers Sister on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

An Acadiana nun of the Sacred Heart Academy in Grand Coteau remembers a sister in Christ who perished on the Malaysian Flight MH-17 last week.

"My first reaction was to think about the Malashian arline that disappeared months before," said Sister Lynne Lieux, RSCJ Headmistress at Sacred Heart Academy in Grand Coteau.

Friends for more than 30 years, Sister Lieux said she remembers her friend Sister Philomene Tiernan deeply.

"She had been on my mind the entire day. I was wondering if Phil was on that flight," said Lieux.

77-year old nun Philomene Tiernan was one of hundreds who lost their lives on that Malaysia Airlines flight.

"It was shock when I found out," said Lieux. "I did have sort of a premonition that she was on the flight before I officially knew anything for sure."

Tiernan had been an educator in Australia for many years, according to Lieux. The two had been friends for 32 years.

In 2006, Tiernan traveled to Grand Coteau to visit Sacred Heart after Hurricane Katrina.

"There's no one who've I've met that's met her who didn't feel special in her eyes," said Lieux. "It's a real gift to make other people feel that special."

The two last saw each other at a spiritual retreat in London in June. They would spend the time catching up in what would be their last moments together.

"We had plenty of wonderful moments, taking walks together, sharing where God was in our lives, and sharing our hopes and dreams for the future," said Lieux.

Lieux said Sister Tiernan was excited to return home to her students in Australia.

Now that she's gone, Lieux said Sister Tiernan was more than just a sister in Christ.

"She's been my friend almost all my religious life, and she's been a wonderful mentor," said Lieux. "I suspect she will continue to be that even though she's with God now."

The Daily Advertiser first reported the story on Saturday. You can view the story here



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