images/leadershipgroup11.jpgThe Congregation’s new leadership team takes a break from a meeting in their board room at Mount Saint Vincent. From the left, Sr. Mary Kay Finneran, Sr. Eileen McGrory, Sr. Mary Ann Daly, Sr. Jane Iannucelli (President), Sr. Kathleen Byrnes and Sr. Dominica Rocchio.

The Sisters of Charity of New York conduct their Assembly of Elections quadrennially. Over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, 2011, the Congregation elected its leadership team for the next four years. Sr. Jane Iannucelli was voted President. She named Sr. Eileen McGrory as her Assistant. Sisters Kathleen Byrnes, Mary Ann Daly, Mary Kay Finneran and Dominica Rocchio were elected as Regional Coordinators on the Council. This new leadership team, which serves through 2015, was installed formally on June 30 during the Transfer of Leadership ceremony at Mount Saint Vincent, which has been the Congregation’s home base since 1857.

Photo:  C.M. Haggerty

About Our Leadership

Background Information on the Elected Sisters

Sr. Jane Iannucelli, SC, the new President of the community, has served as Director of Sponsorship Services for the Congregation for the past four years. Earlier leadership roles included service as Assistant to the President (2003-2007), Regional Coordinator (1999-2003), Social Concerns Coordinator (1984-88), and Director of the Formation Team and Novice Director (1976-81).
   In addition, Sister was vice chair of the board of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, and was acting CEO of St. Vincent’s Hospital Midtown (formerly St. Clare’s) until it closed in 2007. She also was Senior VP of Mission at the Sisters of Charity Health Care System on Staten Island for three years, and was on staff at The New York Foundling for eight years. She was one of the co-founders of Part of the Solution (POTS), the central Bronx soup kitchen / multi-service organization, now in its 29th year.
   Sr. Jane’s first ministry was education. In the Bronx, she taught at St. Barnabas (1960-66) and was dean of students at Cardinal Spellman (1971-73). On Staten Island, she was a teacher, then dean of students at St. Joseph by-the-Sea (1966-70). In Dobbs Ferry, Sister was dean of students at Our Lady of Victory (1973-75). In Rye, she taught at Resurrection Academy (1970-71).   
   Sr. Jane holds a BA in Mathematics from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and a M.Ed. in Administration from Fairfield University. She also has 59 graduate credits in Physics from St. Louis University.
   Her dedication and contributions were recognized by Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers several times over the years. In 2001, the Pax Christi Hospice program bestowed its “Spirit of Life” award on Sr. Jane for her understanding and support of the hospice approach to care and treatment for the terminally ill. In 2009, Sister received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award at the Manhattan hospital’s annual Angelus Award Gala.
   Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York in 1957; her religious name was Sr. Jane Dolores. She is a graduate of Bishop McDonnell High School, Brooklyn, and St. Gabriel School, East Elmhurst (Queens).

Sr. Eileen McGrory, SC, is the new Assistant to the President. She has been Secretary of the Congregation for the past seven and a half years and had served as Director of Formation for five years.
   Education was Sr. Eileen’s first ministry and, for over 23 years, she taught at three grammar schools, at St. Raymond Academy and at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She was principal at Nativity of Our Blessed Lady, the Bronx, (1971-76).
   For 16 years, Sister worked in the Diocese of Shreveport, LA, as an Instructor of Theology and Spirituality; as Director of the Office for Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry; and as Director of the Diocesan Library. Sister also spent a year in spiritual development work.
   Sr. Eileen holds a BS in Science from the College of Mount Saint Vincent; a MS in Biology from the College of St. Rose; and a MA in Theology from Fordham University.
   Sister entered the Congregation in 1954; her religious name was Sr. Bernard Mary. She is a graduate of Cathedral High School, Manhattan, and St. Athanasius School, in the Bronx.

Four Regional Coordinators Round Out
the Council of the Sisters of Charity of New York:


Sr. Kathleen Byrnes, SC, has been the Director of the Mobile Soup Kitchen ministry at St. John’s Bread and Life in the Diocese of Brooklyn for the past four years.
   Sister’s first ministry was at St. Paul School, Manhattan, where she was a teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal (1969-82). That was followed by five years working for the Archdiocese’s Parish School Planning Program, two years as Assistant Director, followed by three years as Director. Sister also worked for two years at The New York Foundling, as case worker, home finder, adoption worker and foster care worker. She did pastoral work for seven years in Guatemala.
   Sr. Kathleen worked for a total of nine years on Staten Island, as Community Resource Coordinator at the Sisters of Charity Healthcare facility and as a social worker at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center.
   Sr. Kathleen holds a BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, a MS in Elementary Education from Hunter College, and a MSW from Fordham University. She also has her NY State Certification in School Administration and has studied at the Maryknoll Language School in Bolivia.
   Sister entered the Congregation in 1964; her religious name was Sr. Maura Thomas. She is a graduate of St. Raymond Academy and St. Raymond Elementary School, both in the Bronx.

Sr. Mary Ann Daly, SC, has worked for the Sisters of Charity Federation since 2004:  as the Executive Director and Director of Temporary Professed Sisters of Charity for the past four years; and as Administrative Assistant for the three years before that.
   Sister’s first ministry was elementary education; she taught for eight years at St. Margaret of Cortona School in the Bronx. Then Sr. Mary Ann went back to school herself and earned a Masters of Divinity degree. After that, she was the Director of Religious Education at Visitation Parish, the Bronx, and the Regional Director of Catechesis & Candidate Director for her own Congregation. At the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, Manhattan, Sister was Director of Mission Effectiveness for two years, and Associate Vice President for Mission Leadership for five years. In the Archdiocese of Newark, Sister was a Formation Director and a pastoral assistant over seven years.
   Sr. Mary Ann holds a BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent; a MS in Adult Religious Education from Fordham University; and a M.Div in Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University.
   Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York in 1965. She is a graduate of St. Barnabas High School and St. Frances of Rome School, both in the Bronx. 
           
Sr. Mary Kay Finneran, SC, has been the Administrator at the Congregation’s Convent of Mary the Queen in Yonkers for the past seven years; she had been a staff nurse there in the ‘70s.
   Sister began her Congregational service as a teacher at Incarnation School, Manhattan. After teaching for three years, she went to nursing school. As a registered nurse, she served at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Manhattan, for six years. Sr. Mary Kay then was a missionary nurse in Puno, Peru, for five years. She worked in Atlanta, GA, for 24 years as a hospital nurse, a high school campus minister and as Coordinator of Member Services at the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
   Sr. Mary Kay earned a RN in nursing from St. Vincent School of Nursing and a BSN in nursing from Hunter College.
   Sister entered the Congregation in 1956; her religious name was Sr. Michael Maureen. She is a graduate of Blessed Sacrament High School and Immaculate Conception School, both in Manhattan.

Sr. Dominica Rocchio, SC, is entering her second term on the Council. She has specialized in secondary education and educational administration. Sister taught at St. Barnabas High School in the Bronx, the Academy of Resurrection in Rye, and at Cathedral High School, All Saints branch in Manhattan. She was dean of students at St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School on Staten Island and at St. Gabriel High School in New Rochelle, where she also was principal, 1975-80. Over the next 12 years, Sister was Associate Superintendent of Secondary Schools for the Archdiocese of New York. Then Sister crossed the Hudson and was Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Newark for 15 years; during 12 of those years, she also was Secretary for Education for the Archdiocese. 
   Nationally, Sr. Dominica served on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Public Policy and Catholic Schools, was a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Education, and was on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association.
   Sr. Dominica holds a BS in English, a MA in Religious Education, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Fordham University, as well as a MA in English from Manhattan College. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Seton Hall University and also completed a year of study at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA.
   Sister entered the Congregation in 1962; her religious name was Sr. Regina Seton.  She is a graduate of St. Jean Baptiste High School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, both in Manhattan. 

Sister Jane succeeds Sister Dorothy Metz who served two full terms as President – the maximum allowed.

Transfer of Leadership Ceremonyimages/leadership_transfer11.jpgAt the Transfer of Leadership ceremony, the outgoing President, Sr. Dorothy Metz, passes symbols of leadership to the new President, Sr. Jane Iannucelli. New members of the Council are behind them.

Photo:  Elena Miranda

The Sisters of Charity of New York are an ecclesial community, called to share in the mission of Jesus, in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Our structures of government exist to facilitate this mission:
  • by challenging us to live the ideals and to follow the vision of the Gospel
  • by encouraging and developing Congregational responses to the needs of the Church and the world
  • by providing for the responsible administration of the material resources of the Congregation
  • by providing for the growth of the members of the Congregation

Leadership structures foster communication and collaboration within the Congregation and in our relationship with the Church and society.

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