In Memoriam: Sister Grayce Megna, SC

A devoted nurse, a kind and understanding person, a gracious and prayerful woman…

Grace-Megna-1Sister Grayce Megna (Sister Miriam Bernard) was born on September 8, 1926 in Manhattan. She was one of two girls and two boys of Francis and Rose Capria Megna. Grayce attended Saint Frances of Rome School, Bronx, and Cathedral High School, Manhattan. She worked for eleven years before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on February 2, 1955. Sister Grayce received her certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse, and later her certification in Nursing Home Administration.

Sister Grayce’s lifelong ministry was in the field of healthcare. She spent a short time assisting the senior sisters as they moved into the Convent of Mary the Queen in 1958, and was then sent to the New York Foundling Hospital to work in the accounting department. In 1960, Sister Grayce moved to Saint Vincent Hospital, Manhattan, where she served for one year. She was then transferred to Saint Vincent Medical Center, Staten Island, where she worked as an administrative assistant and nursing supervisor for the next thirty-six years. There Sister Grayce ministered to Mother Loretto Bernard and cared for her almost exclusively during the last two years of her life. Sister Grayce continued her ministry of care and concern at Saint Vincent Medical Center until it closed. In 2007 she moved to Saint Joseph by the Sea Convent where she lived for a year before going to the Convent of Mary the Queen. She lived for the past few months at Saint Cabrini Nursing Home, Dobbs Ferry, where she greeted residents and visitors alike with her cheerful smile.

Sister Grayce, a dedicated nurse, was attentive to the needs of the many people she encountered each day. She knew all of the employees of Saint Vincent Medical Center and cared about each of them and their families. At the celebration of her fiftieth Jubilee, one of the hospital administrators characterized Sister Grayce as the “epitome of the hospital’s core values of respect, integrity, compassion and excellence.”

A devoted nurse, a kind and understanding person, a gracious and prayerful woman — what better way to describe this true Sister of Charity. Rest in the presence of God, Sister Grayce, and be at peace.



September 13, 2015


Mount Saint Vincent Convent
6301 Riverdale Ave.
Bronx, NY 10471
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
2:00–6:30 pm
4:30 pm Prayer Service

Mass of the Resurrection
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 10:30 am

Gate of Heaven
Mount Pleasant, NY



  • Convent of Mary the Queen


  • New York Foundling Hospital
    2/1958–9/1958, Accounting Dept.
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital

Staten Island

  • St. Vincent Medical Center
    1961–1997, Admin. Assistant/Nursing Supervisor
    1997–2007, Dedicated Services


3 Responses to In Memoriam: Sister Grayce Megna, SC

  1. Bill Hinton September 15, 2015 at 6:51 am #

    Sr. Grayce will be missed. I worked at St Vincent’s SI for 43 Yrs and knew her well. You could not have met a finer person. She was one of those people who stood out. I have a lot of good memories of her and the sisters at the hospital. I pray that she rest in peace and hope to meet her again in the heavenly kingdom.
    Love and Peace to all the Sisters of Charity. Bill Hinton

    • nick lettiere September 16, 2015 at 1:45 am #

      Rest in peace Sister Grayce, my good friend and a member of our family. A 35 years friendship that can not end with your passing. You will remain a part of me and I will always remember the good times and how you enjoyed being with us at the holiday dinners. You were a true Sister of Charity. You always put the needs of others before you own, a quality that is not found in many. I know that you are in a better place and that your suffering is over, but it still hurts to lose you. Go in peace and keep watch over us. Love you, Nick Lettiere

  2. Alice Rooney September 17, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    To Sister Grayce of SVH and Sister Miriam of SV Nursing School as well as all the Sisters of Charity and lay staff of both organizations, thank you for the encouragement and support you gave to my mom, Frances. She graduated in 1964 from SVNS and went on to work at SVH. I still remember being 5 years old and sitting with her for hours in the admission office of the school. She always said that she thought it was a test of her resolve to become a nurse. When you knew you were serious, you were always there to guide her when she needed to be reminded she could do it. Her future would have been very different had her life not been touched by you.

    SV’s was a very special place because of the very special people, most especially, the Sisters of Charity.

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