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In Memoriam: Sister Kevin Marie MacDonald, SC

Sister Kevin is remembered by all who knew her for her quiet and calm demeanor, her kindness and compassion, and her great abilities as a teacher.
Sr.-Marie-Kevin-MacDonaldSister Marie Kevin MacDonald (Mary) was born on December 28, 1928 in Manhattan, one of two daughters of Alexander and Julia Marron MacDonald. Mary attended Our Lady of Solace School, Cathedral High School, and Hunter College before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1952. Sister Kevin completed her MA in History at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. She later earned NYS Permanent Certification in Social Studies. The ministry of elementary education was Sister Kevin’s first love and major focus throughout her forty-six years of active ministry. Her first mission assignment was to Saint Agatha’s Home in Nanuet. From there she was sent to Saint Joseph School in Yonkers, followed by Sacred Heart School on Staten Island. From 1964 until 1980, Sister Kevin was a teacher and the Religion Coordinator at Saint Paul School in Harlem. In 1980 she returned to Staten Island where she taught eighth grade at Saint Mary School. She then taught in Saint Anthony School in the Bronx; Saint Rita School in Long Island City; and Saint Gabriel School in East Elmhurst. From 1990 until 1996 Sister Kevin taught computer classes at Saints Peter and Paul School in the Bronx. In her retirement Sister Kevin was involved in the ministry of Prayer, Service and Witness. She moved to the Convent of Mary the Queen in 1999 where she continued this ministry with the community there. Sister Kevin is remembered by all who knew her for her quiet and calm demeanor, her kindness and compassion, and her great abilities as a teacher. She loved all of the children she taught, and they loved and respected her for all that she accomplished with them. Sister Kevin also loved her family and the Sisters of Charity. We rejoice with her now as she enters the Kingdom and is welcomed by our loving God and all of her family, friends, and the Sisters of Charity who have gone before her. Be at peace, Sister Kevin.  
 
DATE OF DEATH January 26, 2015 Age 86 WAKE Convent of Mary the Queen 35 Vark Street, Yonkers, NY 10701 Friday, January 30, 2015, 2:30–8:00 pm 6:30 pm Prayer Service FUNERAL MASS Convent of Mary the Queen Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10:00 am BURIAL Saint Joseph Cemetery Yonkers, NY

Ministries

  • St. Agatha Home 1955–1957, Teacher
  • St. Joseph 1957–1959, Teacher
  • Sacred Heart 1959–1964, Teacher
  • St. Mary 1980–1982, Teacher, Gr. 8
  • St. Paul 1964–1980, Teacher, Religious Ed. Coordinator
  • St. Anthony 1982–1984, Teacher
  • Ss. Peter and Paul 1990–1995, Teacher, Computer
  • Ss. Peter and Paul/St. Ann 1995–1996, Teacher, Computer
  • St. Rita, Long Island City 1985–1986, Teacher, Gr. 4
  • St. Gabriel, East Elmhurst 1989–1990, Teacher, Gr. 3
  • Woodside 1996–1999, Prayer, service, and witness

3 Responses to In Memoriam: Sister Kevin Marie MacDonald, SC

  1. Joan Chakonas January 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    Sister Kevin, although we never met in this life, I hope to visit you when the time comes in your eternal mansion in heaven. Console your family left behind and know you made this world a better place for many. XXO

  2. Mary DeCataldo April 6, 2015 at 10:50 am #

    Sr. Kevin taught me in 7th and 8th grade at Sacred Heart School Staten Island,NY
    I just happened to try to search her name and wanted to thank her for her kindness. She was always kind and understanding.
    She helped mold who I am today.
    See you in the next life!
    Mary

  3. Kristin Anderson September 20, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    I am a healthcare consultant based in Minnesota who worked with Sister Kevin during her time with St. Vincent Manhattan – not exactly a person you’d expect to leave a tribute. But one of the most profound conversations I’ve had during my career was one with Sister Kevin. She told me a story about the epidemic of AIDS in the 80s in Greenwich Village. At the time, little was known about how it was transmitted or how contagious it was. Health workers were concerned about transmission. Meanwhile, her community, which consisted of large populations of gays and drug users, was hit heavily by this epidemic. She believed it was her mission to care for “God’s children” in the Village. They built the second AIDS clinic in the country (San Francisco had the first), at a Catholic hospital, during a time people thought you might be able to “catch AIDS” through casual contact. This program continues to be the leading destination for AIDS care in NYC, even surviving the eventual late 2000s bankruptcy of the hospital. She was incredibly proud of what she believed to be her ministry and the legacy of care to her community.

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