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In Memoriam: Sister Loretto Alphonse Clark, SC

LA-Clark2All who knew Sister Alphonse were keenly aware that her demeanor belied the humorous, kind, and caring individual who never hesitated to extend herself for others.

Sister Loretto Alphonse Clark (Marion) was born on September 12, 1925 on Staten Island, one of three daughters of Frederick and Catherine Whalen Clark. Marion attended P.S. 22, Saint Peter High School for Girls, and Wagner College —all on Staten Island— before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1946. Sister Loretto Alphonse earned a BS in Chemistry from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MED in Science from the University of Maryland. She was also a doctoral candidate in Science Education at the University of Maryland, and later earned her New York State Permanent Certification in Math, General Science and Chemistry.

Sister Alphonse’s first mission was as a group mother at Saint Agatha Home in Nanuet, but most of her years of active ministry were spent in education. She taught elementary school for fifteen years in the following schools: Saint John Evangelist, White Plains; Our Lady of Angels and Visitation, Bronx; Saint Mary, Staten Island; Sacred Heart and Saint Patrick, Manhattan. Sister Alphonse then became the Chairperson of the Math and Science Department at Holy Cross Academy, Manhattan. After two years of full-time study, she became the Chairperson of the Science Department at Saint Gabriel High School, New Rochelle. In 1985, Sister Loretto Alphonse went to the College of Mount Saint Vincent, first as Assistant and then as Registrar. She also taught classes in computer skills, a task at which she excelled and particularly enjoyed.  In 1997, Sister Alphonse was named the Administrator of the Convent of Mary the Ocean Star in Ventnor, New Jersey. Here she provided hospitality, excellent cooking, and expert housekeeping for vacationing sisters and friends. After the closing of Ventnor, Sister Alphonse went to Saint Joseph Convent in Yonkers as the housekeeper and did volunteer service at the Convent of Mary the Queen.

In 2011, Sister Loretto Alphonse retired to the Convent of Mary the Queen where she kept very busy with her voluminous reading, her discussions with the sisters, and her attendance at all of the events held there. All who knew Sister Alphonse were keenly aware that her demeanor belied the humorous, kind, and caring individual who never hesitated to extend herself for others. While poor health slowed her down, it never kept her from achieving what she needed and wanted to accomplish.

When the Congregation announced the closing of the Convent of Mary the Queen last year, Sister Alphonse expressed her wish to be the very last Sister to leave the retirement home. Sister Alphonse’s wish was apparently God’s will. As of Wednesday, April 1, all Sisters have been moved to their new homes. As Sister Alphonse is taken to her final resting place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Monday, April 6, she will, indeed, be the last Sister to leave the Convent of Mary the Queen. We rejoice with her now as she is held in a warm and peaceful embrace by the God whom she loved and served so well. Remember us, Sister Alphonse, as you enter into your eternal home.We rejoice with her now as she is held in a warm and peaceful embrace by the God whom she loved and served so well. Remember us, Sister Alphonse, as you enter into your eternal home.

 

 

 

DATE OF DEATH
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Age
89

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
35 Vark Street, Yonkers, NY 10701
Monday,  April 6, 2015, 9–10 am

Funeral
Convent of Mary the Queen
Monday, April 6, 2015, 10:00 am

Burial
Saint Joseph’s Cemetery

 


Ministries

Nanuet, NY

  • St. Agatha Home
    1948–49, Group Mother

Westchester

  • St. John, White Plains
    1949–50, Teacher, Gr. 5
  • St. Gabriel HS, New Rochelle
    1972–85, Chair/Teacher, Science
  • St. Joseph Convent, Yonkers
    2001–03, Housekeeper

Bronx

  • Our Lady of Angels
    1959–51, Teacher, Gr. 5
  • Visitation
    1951–53, Teacher, Gr. 6
  • College of Mt. St. Vincent
    1985–86, Assist. Registrar
    1986–97, Registrar

Staten Island

  • St. Mary
    1953–54, Teacher, Gr. 7

Manhattan

  • Sacred Heart
    1954–58, Teacher, Gr. 8
  • St. Patrick
    1958–64, Teacher, Gr. 7,8
  • Holy Cross Academy
    1964–70, Math & Science

Ventnor, NJ

  • Mary the Ocean Star
    1997–2001, Administrator

2 Responses to In Memoriam: Sister Loretto Alphonse Clark, SC

  1. Suzanne May 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    My brother and I were talking about Sr. Alphonse last week and remembering what a wonderful teacher she was to us and to many of the kids at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School on Mott Street in Manhattan. I was astonished to see the write up about her in Catholic New York as I sat in church waiting for Mass to start this morning. She was a great teacher and, along with the other Sisters of Charity, she cared passionately about giving us the best education and the best start in life.
    May she rest in peace. And Sisters, don’t think we’ve forgotten you. You stay in our hearts forever and we are so grateful for that. You left your mark on Little Italy at St. Pat’s school and in Greenwich Village at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Like Mother Seton herself, you are among the best New York ever had. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    God bless you all and God bless Sr. Alphonse!

  2. Anne October 2, 2015 at 12:06 am #

    Many years ago I had a teacher named Sister Loretta Alphonse. She was the best-a true teacher! Always questioning,prodding,poking,pushing you to be your best. She saved the laughter and fun when business of learning was done for the day. Sister was one of the special ones at HCA…

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