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2011
Sister Regina de Lourdes Regan, SC

DIED
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Age: 89

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
2:00 - 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011
9:30 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery, Yonkers, NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 7, 1940.

She earned a BS in Math from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, a BS in Pharmacy from St. John College of Pharmacy and an MS in Education from Richmond College, Staten Island.

MINISTRIES
Manhattan
•Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
1942–43, Teacher
•St. Joseph School
1943–47, Teacher
•St. Francis Xavier
1947–52, Teacher
•Blessed Sacrament
High School
1952–53, Teacher
•Grace Institute Outreach
1991–97, GED Teacher

Staten Island
•St. Vincent Hospital
1953–56, Pharmacy Student
•St. Joseph-by-the-Sea
1964–71, Teacher

Westchester
•Academy of Mt. St. Vincent
Tuxedo Park, 1956–60,
Teacher
•St. Gabriel High School
New Rochelle, 1960–64,
Teacher
•Academy of the Resurrection
Rye, 1971–73,
Teacher
•Our Lady of Victory Academy
Dobbs Ferry, 1973–83,
Teacher
•Academy of the Resurrection
Rye, 1983–90,
Teacher
•Maria Regina High School,
Hartsdale, 1990–91, Teacher
•Church of the Resurrection
Rye, 1997–2000,
Pastoral Assistant
•Church of the Resurrection
Rye, 2000–07,
Volunteer Services

images/Sr-Regina-Regan-web.jpgSister Regina
de Lourdes Regan, SC

Sister Regina de Lourdes Regan (Winifred) was born on March 29, 1922 in New York City, one of two daughters and two sons of Patrick and Regina Egan Regan. 

Winifred attended Sts. Peter and Paul School in the Bronx, Cathedral High School and Grace Institute before entering the Sisters of Charity on September 7, 1940.

Sister Regina received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from St. John College of Pharmacy and a Master of Science degree in Education from Richmond College, Staten Island.

Sister Regina’s first mission assignments were to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, St. Joseph School and St. Francis Xavier School (all in Manhattan) where she taught Grades 1 and 2. To this day some of those students from 60-plus years ago have kept in touch with her. After a year teaching Math and Science at Blessed Sacrament High School, Manhattan, she was missioned to live at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Staten Island, while studying Pharmacy at St. John’s Pharmacy College. Sister Regina returned to teaching Math and Science at the Academy of Mount Saint Vincent, Tuxedo Park; Saint Gabriel High School, New Rochelle; Saint Joseph-by-the-Sea High School, Staten Island and the Academy of the Resurrection, Rye. From 1973 to 1983, she taught Science and Chemistry at Our Lady of Victory High School, Dobbs Ferry and then returned to Resurrection, Rye, to teach Chemistry. In 1991 Sister Regina embraced a new challenge in her life when she became a GED teacher at Grace Institute Outreach Program in Manhattan.

“Wherever Sister Regina ministered, she lived well our mission as Sisters of Charity “to reveal God’s love….”

When Sr. Regina “retired” from teaching in 1997, she served as Pastoral Assistant at Resurrection Parish, Rye, where she visited the sick and elderly parishioners in their homes and nursing facilities.

Wherever Sister Regina ministered, she lived well our mission as Sisters of Charity “to reveal God’s love….” We rejoice with Sister Regina now as she meets her God “face to face,” the God whom she served so lovingly and faithfully.

Rest in peace, Sister Regina!


Sr. Frances Smith, SC
(formerly Sr. Marguerite de Lourdes, SC)

DIED
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Age: 77

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Friday, Dec. 9, 2011
2:00 - 8:00 pm
6:30 pm Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011
10 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph’s Cemetery
Yonkers

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on Sept. 8, 1959.

She earned a BA in Social Studies from St. Francis College, Brooklyn.

MINISTRIES
Brooklyn
•St. Joseph’s Hall
1962–68, Group Mother

Manhattan
•St. Ignatius Loyola
1968–76, Teacher, Gr. 1
•St. Ignatius Loyola
1976–96, Teacher, Gr. 3
•St. Ignatius Loyola
1996–2003, Librarian

images/Sr-Frances-Smith.jpgSr. Frances Smith, SC

Sister Frances Smith (Sr. Marguerite de Lourdes) was born on December 29, 1933 in New York City. She was a twin daughter of James and Margaret Fitzsimons Smith. Sister Frances attended St. Augustine School, Cathedral High School, and Grace Institute. She worked for seven years before entering the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1959. She joined her twin sister, Margaret (Sr. Frances Maureen), who had entered the Community in 1952. Sister Frances received her bachelor of arts degree in Social Studies from St. Francis College, Brooklyn.

Sister Frances’s first mission was as a group mother at St. Joseph’s Hall, Brooklyn. Here she made a lasting impression on all she met. She was remembered in a letter published in The Tablet on August 15, 2009 as having “a profound influence.” She was “loved” then and continued to be loved by those she cared for as the years passed. She was remembered as a caring, mothering Sister who loved musicals, especially My Fair Lady and Camelot.

“She was remembered...as having 'a profound influence.' She was 'loved' then and continued to be loved by those she cared for as the years passed.”

Her next mission was to St. Ignatius Loyola School, Manhattan in 1968 where she ministered as a teacher and then librarian until 2003 when she retired. In these positions she showed the same interest and love for her students and their parents as she showed at St. Joseph’s. Her year at the Mount Saint Vincent Convent and then her time at the Convent of Mary the Queen saw her sharing her smile and kindness with all whom she met.

You showed God’s love to many people of all ages, Sister Frances. Now, rest in peace and happiness with the God who loved and inspired you to show His love to other.

Sister Paula Marie Spaight, SC

DIED
Friday, December 3, 2011

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
2:00 - 8:00 pm,
2:00 pm Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011
9:30 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph, Yonkers, NY.

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on February 1, 1947.

She earned a BS in Elementary Education from Fordham University, an MS in Elementary Education from Hunter College, and an MS in Administration and Supervision from Richmond College, Staten Island.

MINISTRIES
Bronx
•St. Raymond, 1948–55,
Teacher
•Sisters of Charity Supervisor
of Schools, 1966–70
•Convent of Mount Saint
Vincent, 1978–81,
Coordinator
•Mount Saint Vincent,
1979–83,
Regional Coordinator

Westchester
•St. Agatha Home, Nanuet
1955–62, Teacher
•Our Lady of Mercy,
Port Chester
1970–78, Principal

Queens
•Our Lady of the Angelus,
Rego Park
1962–66, Principal

Manhattan
•St. Patrick School, 1983–91,
School Librarian

images/Sr-Paula-Spaight.jpgSr. Paula Marie
Spaight
, SC

Sister Paula Marie Spaight (Anna Virginia) was born on August 2, 1921, the only daughter of four children born to Patrick and Mary Lyons Spaight. Anna attended St. Mary Star of the Sea School, Bay Ridge High School and Mercy Secretarial School and worked for seven years before entering the Sisters of Charity on February 1, 1947.

Sister Paula received her BS in Elementary Education from Fordham University, an MS in Elementary Education from Hunter College and an MS in Administration and Supervision from Richmond College, Staten Island.

Sister Paula’s ministry in education began at St. Raymond’s Elementary School in the Bronx and St. Agatha Home, Nanuet.  After recognizing her great administrative abilities, Sister was assigned as Principal of Our Lady of the Angelus School, Rego Park, in 1966. She served there until 1970 when she became the Sisters of Charity Supervisor of Schools.  From 1970 to1978 she served as Principal of Our Lady of Mercy School, Port Chester.

After a term as Coordinator at Mount Saint Vincent Convent, she was elected to Community Leadership as Regional Coordinator. In 1983, she became librarian and religious education instructor at St. Patrick’s, Mott Street, where she served until her retirement in 1991.

“…Sister Paula always showed a sensitivity of feeling for the concerns of others.”

Through all of the experiences and people she met in her life, Sister Paula always showed a sensitivity of feeling for the concerns of others. We rejoice as she now meets her God “face to face” and enjoys eternal peace with the God she served so well as a Sister of Charity.

Rest in peace, Sister Paula!


Sister Mary Ellen Brosnan, SC
(formerly Sister Mary Rose, SC)

DIED
Monday, Nov. 7, 2011
(age 84)

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011
2 – 8pm
6:30pm, Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011
9:30 am

BURIAL
Gate of Heaven, Valhalla, NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1949.

She earned a BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and both an MA and PhD in English from Fordham University.

images/dr-me-brosnan.jpgDr. Mary Ellen
Brosnan
, SC

MINISTRIES
Yonkers
· Elizabeth Seton School, teacher, 1952–1960
· Elizabeth Seton College, Academic Dean, 1961–1975
· Elizabeth Seton College, President, 1975–1989
· Mary the Queen, Prayer, Service and Witness, 1999–2011

New Rochelle
· Iona College, Assistant to the President, 1989–1994

Bronx
· Sisters of Charity Center, Director, Literacy Program, 1995–1999

images/me-brosnan.jpgSr. Mary Ellen
Brosnan
, SC

Sister Mary Ellen Brosnan (Sister Mary Rose) was born on December 14, 1926 in New York City, the second child and only daughter of John and Irene Bannin Brosnan. Her brother John is two years older than she and Vincent, six years younger. Both her parents had strong ties with Mount Saint Vincent— her mother, a graduate of both the Academy and the College, and her father's mother was a graduate of the Academy in 1876. Growing up on the upper west side, Sr. Mary Ellen attended Blessed Sacrament Convent School and Thevenet Hall Academy in Highland Mills before enrolling at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. After graduating from college she was a copy editor in the Education Division of Prentice-Hall before entering the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1949, and ultimately earned both a Master's degree and a Doctorate in English from Fordham University.

When she made vows, Sr. Mary Ellen was assigned to Elizabeth Seton School where she taught English on the secondary level, which was more of a twenty-four hour-a-day job, since Seton was also a boarding school. Sr. Mary Ellen saw Seton through many changes, the most exciting and challenging being the establishment of a new educational venture— Elizabeth Seton Junior College. As Academic Dean she was responsible for many innovations at Seton College. During her tenure Sr. Mary Ellen initiated many new career programs, among them radio and television and medical laboratory training, and was also responsible for planning continuing education programs. The LINK (Leap into New Knowledge) Program was an articulation program that allowed high school students to earn college credits. A policy of granting credit for life learning was also initiated.

“…myriads of Seton College students benefited from her dreams on behalf of education…”

Sister Mary Ellen had a hope deep in her heart of consolidating a future configuration of Seton that would ensure its future, particularly for the sake of its students, many of whom came from disadvantaged backgrounds with great potential “to serve our society and to realize their potential as children of God…” With every fiber of her being, she strove for this and myriads of Seton College students benefited from her dreams on behalf of education generally, and particularly higher education.

Sister Mary Ellen was one of three women who became members of the Yonkers Rotary Club (ca. 1988), which had been a male-only tradition up to that point. In 1995 Cardinal O'Connor presented Sr. Mary Ellen the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal, a papal honor given for service to the Church and the pope.

We, as Sisters of Charity, are very grateful to Sister Mary Ellen for her commitment to education and rejoice with her as she is reunited with her family, friends and colleagues. Be at peace, Sister Mary Ellen!


Sr. Mary Rosalie Kaley, SC

DIED
Sunday, October 30, 2011

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011
2-8 pm
6:30 pm Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011
9:30 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1937.

She earned a BA in English from the College of Mount St. Vincent, and an MA in Early Childhood Education from New York University.

MINISTRIES

Nanuet
· St. Agatha Home, Teacher, 1939

Brooklyn
· St. Stephen, Teacher, 1939-41

Southampton
· Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary, Teacher, 1941-43

Rye
· Resurrection, Teacher, 1944-47

Bahamas
· Nassau, Early Childhood Consultant, 1965

Manhattan
· Ascension, Teacher, 1943-44
St. Joseph Academy, Teacher, 1949-60
· Incarnation, Teacher, 1962-64
· Archdiocese of NY, Director, Head Start Program, 1965-70
· NYC Board of Education, Non Public Schools Follow-Through Program, 1970-77
· Archdiocese of NY, Associate Superintendent of Schools,
1977-79
· Archdiocesan Council of Women Religious, Executive Secretary, 1979-99
· Archdiocese of NY, Associate Dir., Synod, 1987-89
· Archdiocese of NY, Associate Dir., Office for Parish Councils, 1989-99

Bronx
· St. Gabriel, Teacher, 1947-49
· Elizabeth Seton Academy, Teacher, 1960-62
· Sister of Charity Center, Vocation Director, 1964-65
· Sisters of Charity Center, Regional Coordinator, 1979-83
· Sisters of Charity Center, Comm. Director, 1979-87

images/Sr_Rosalie_Kaley.jpgSr. Mary Rosalie
Kaley
, SC

Sister Mary Rosalie Kaley was born on April 19, 1921 in New Rochelle, one of two daughters and one son born to John and Rosemary McKnight Kaley. Rosemary attended St. Gabriel Elementary and High School, New Rochelle, before entering the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1937. Sr. Rosalie received her BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MA in Early Childhood Education from New York University.

Sister Rosalie has filled at least a dozen positions in the Archdiocese for more than 60 years. During her first 25 years she was a teacher in primary grades, serving in all three New York dioceses. She served as Vocation Coordinator for a period before becoming an early childhood consultant in Nassau, Bahamas for three months in 1965. Later that year she assumed her first of many roles for the New York Archdiocese, becoming director of the Head Start Program. Other positions in the Archdiocese included Associate Superintendent of Schools, Associate Director of the 18th Synod, and Associate Director of the Office of Parish Councils. Sister Rosalie also worked for the New York City Board of Education in its Non-Public Schools Follow-Through Program. During this twenty-five-year period Sister Rosalie lived at The New York Foundling Hospital, where she did their paper and taught the nurses, sharing with them her extraordinary gift of educating young children.

"...Sister Rosalie
always reflected
the joy and
enthusiasm of
her God, whom
she served
faithfully as a
Sister of Charity
for so many years."

Sister Rosalie was always very willing to do "double duty." In 1979 she was elected to the Sisters of Charity Executive Council, serving as Regional Coordinator until 1983. From 1979 through 1987, she served as part-time Communications Director. During this same period (1979-99), she served as Executive Secretary of the Archdiocesan Council of Women Religious.

Upon her retirement in 1999, Sister Rosalie was honored for her service to the Archdiocese in Catholic New York, in which she was quoted as saying, "I hardly ever had a job where I didn't have another job attached to it.”

Through all of the experiences and people she met in her life, Sister Rosalie always reflected the joy and enthusiasm of her God, whom she served faithfully as a Sister of Charity for so many years. Rest in peace, Sister Rosalie!

Sr. Mary Ann Donovan, SC
(formerly Sr. Christopher Mary, SC)

DIED
Sunday, October 9, 2011
(age 73)

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Thursday, October 13, 2011
2 – 8pm
6:30pm, Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Immaculate Conception Chapel,
Mount St. Vincent
Friday, October 14, 2011 
10:00am

BURIAL
Gate of Heaven Cemetery,
Hawthorne

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1956.

She earned a BS in Math from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in Catechetical Theology from Manhattan College, an A.P.D. in Religion Education from Fordham University, and PhD in Theology/Religious Studies from Drew University, NYS Certification in Math.

MINISTRIES
Bronx
· College of Mt. St. Vincent,
adjunct professor, 2007–09
· Mt. St. Michael Academy, teacher, 1992–93
· St. Barnabas H.S., co-chair, teacher, 1973–90
· St. Gabriel, teacher, 1961–67
· Sts. Peter & Paul, teacher, 1959

Brooklyn
· St. John the Baptist, teacher,
1959–61

Manhattan
· St. Joseph Academy, Religious
Education Coordinator,
1971–73
· Immaculate Conception,
teacher, 1969–71
· Blessed Sacrament, teacher,
1967–69

Westchester
· St. Thomas Canterbury,
Cornwall, adult education teacher,
2002–06
·
Mt. St. Mary College, Newburgh,
teacher, 1993–2003
·
Elizabeth Seton College,
Yonkers/Iona, teacher,
1991–92
·
St. Joseph School, teacher,
1959–61

Sr. Mary Ann DonovanSr. Mary Ann
Donovan
, SC

Sister Mary Ann Donovan (Sr. Christopher Mary) was born in New York City on February 15, 1938 to John and Mary Clements Donovan. She was the eldest of four children (John, Kathleen and Thomas). She attended Incarnation School and Blessed Sacrament High School before entering the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1956.

Sister Mary Ann earned several degrees in her two favorite areas of study, Mathematics and Religion. She earned a BA in Math from The College of Mt. St. Vincent, an MA in Catechetical Theology from Manhattan College, an ABD in Religious Education from Fordham University and continued her doctorate studies in Theology/Religious Studies at Drew University in New Jersey.

While Mary Ann's first desire was to be a missionary her life path took another turn. She became an educator and spent all of her religious life in the classroom. She often would say that she was "so fortunate" to have had "such wonderful teachers" as inspirations.

Her ministry in education took her from elementary school, to high school, to college and outreach programs. She taught in St. Joseph's School Yonkers, St. John the Baptist, Brooklyn, St. Gabriel's, Bronx, Blessed Sacrament, Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Academy, all in Manhattan. She taught Math and Religion at St. Barnabas High School from 1973 to 1990. She then taught Theology at Elizabeth Seton College and Mt. St. Michael High School. From 1993 to 2003 she taught at Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh and Adult Education at St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish, Cornwall, NY. In 2007 she became an adjunct professor of Religious Studies at the College of Mt. St. Vincent and volunteered at Casa Esperanza in Yonkers.

Sister Mary Ann said that her interest in religious studies began at an early age when she learned the Psalms alongside her very dear Protestant neighbors and her later studies, especially at Drew University, which helped her to believe in the importance of ecumenism. After all, she claimed that, as a child, SHE taught Dr. McGraw, the minister of the Fort Washington Presbyterian Church, how to make the sign of the cross.

Her sense of religion was an all encompassing one. She was a gentle woman, unafraid to be warm and loving and trusting. Her family, friends and students were recipients of her innate sensitivity. As a dear friend has said, being with Mary Ann was always an adventure!

"She was a gentle woman, unafraid to be warm and loving and trusting."

Sister Mary Ann loved life and she loved her work; her years at St. Barnabas High School, especially, helped her she said to understand even more “the God within each of us.” Her laughter and sense of humor brought joy to many.

We thank our God for sharing Sister Mary Ann, with us, and we thank you, Mary Ann, for sharing your gentle spirit with us.


Sr. Marion Kelly, SC
(formerly Sr. Marian Ellen, SC)

DIED
Sunday, September 18, 2011
(age 81)

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Sunday, September 19, 2011
2 – 8pm
6:30pm, Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Tuesday, September 20, 2011   10:00am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, Yonkers

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1950.

She earned a BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MA in Education from Fordham University.

MINISTRIES
Middle Village
· Our Lady of Hope, 2008–11, volunteer
·
Our Lady of Hope, 1982–2008, teacher

Southampton
· Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary,
1967–81, principal

Bronx
· St. Anthony, teacher, 1960–67

Manhattan
· Holy Trinity, teacher, 1953–60

 

images/SrKelly.jpgSr. Marion Kelly, SC

Sister Marion Kelly (Sister Marian Ellen) was born on May 30, 1930 in New York City to John and Marian Hand Kelly. She attended Saint John the Evangelist Elementary School and Cathedral High School before entering the congregation.

A life-long educator, Sister Marion spent her early ministry years at Holy Trinity School in Manhattan and Saint Anthony's School in the Bronx. After that Sister became principal of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary School in South Hampton for 14 years. In 1982 Sister Marion moved to Our Lady of the Angelus in Rego Park where she remained until the convent closed earlier this year; she then moved to the Convent of Mary the Queen in Yonkers. While living at Rego Park, Sister taught at Our Lady of Hope School in Middle Village. She was a wonderful asset to their faculty, bringing her many years of experience in the classroom and as principal. One of her colleagues said, "Many of the faculty sought Sr. Marion's advice as she was not only experienced but also kind and approachable." This same colleague commented on Sr. Marion's great devotion to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

When asked how they would describe their Aunt Marion, both her niece and nephew spoke of her great motherliness. Having lost their parents at a relatively young age, they appreciated the great care that Marion took of them through the years. That same loving relationship existed between Sister Marion and her dear friend Sister Alice Luby. Marion came faithfully to visit Alice in her later years at Mary the Queen.

“Many of the faculty sought Sr. Marion's advice as she was not only experienced but also kind and approachable.”

This devoted, dedicated Sister of Charity is now enjoying, along with her family and friends who have gone before her, the God of all beauty, face to face.

Marion, may you rest and relax in peace!


Sr. Maria Christopher Kurtz, SC

DIED
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
(age 87)

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Sunday, August 14, 2011
2 – 8pm
6:30pm, Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Monday, August 15, 2011   10:00am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, Yonkers

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on February 2, 1950.

She earned a BS in Nursing from St. John’s University and a MA in Administration from New York University.

MINISTRIES
Dobbs Ferry
· Cabrini Nursing Home, 1981-99, director of nursing

Harrison
· St. Vincent’s Hospital
1952-60, head nurse / supervisor at the Retreat
1967-72, administrative supervisor
1972-81, supervisor of the methadone clinic
1999-2009, volunteer

Manhattan
· St. Vincent’s Hospital, 1960-65 (supervisory positions – medical, psychiatric and evening administration)

Yonkers
· St. Joseph’s Hospital, 1965-67, assistant administrator

 

images/SrKurtz.jpgSr. Maria Christopher
Kurtz
, SC

Evelyn Kurtz had the Sisters of Charity of New York as teachers at St. John the Evangelist School, Cathedral High School and St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing before she entered the Congregation and took the religious name of Maria Christopher.

During her 18 years as Director of Nursing at St. Cabrini Nursing Home, Sr. Christopher planned, organized, administered and directed the nursing care for 200 skilled nursing patients. She supervised over 130 staff members, many of whom maintained contact with her throughout the years.

Sister was quoted as saying “I feel I am making a very important contribution to the care of the elderly by providing an atmosphere in which they can be brought to their highest level of functioning with dignity.”

Sr. Christopher
was a great nurse
and mentor.

After her “retirement” in 1999, Sr. Christopher continued her lifetime care of the sick and elderly as a volunteer.

During her recent years at Mary the Queen, Sr. Christopher continued to counsel and mentor the nursing staff on Hall 4. She was a great nurse!

We rejoice with her now as she enters into the joy of her God and is greeted by those loving words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”


Sr. Margaret Mary Hindley, SC
(formerly Sr. Grace Margaret, SC)

DIED
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Friday, August 5, 2011
   2 – 8pm
   6:30pm, Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Saturday, August 6, 2011
9:30am

BURIAL
Saint Mary’s Cemetery
Rye Brook (Port Chester), NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1949.
She earned a BA in History / Education from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and a MA in Education from Hunter College.

MINISTRIES
Bronx
· Grace Institute Outreach,
1984-94 & 1995-96

Brooklyn
· St. John the Baptist, 1961-63

Manhattan
· Ascension, 1953-58
· St. Patrick, 1963-70
· Holy Name, 1970-72
· Mother Cabrini High School,
1972-75

North of NYC
· Nanuet:  St. Agatha’s Home, 1960-61
· Dobbs Ferry:  Our Lady of Victory, 1975-84

Staten Island
· St. Peter, 1952-53
· Immaculate Conception, 1958-60

images/SrHindley.jpgSr. Margaret Mary
Hindley, SC

Sister Margaret, a life-long educator, served a total of 10 schools, across two levels, in two dioceses. She also was a group mother at St. Agatha’s Home.

Sister taught on the elementary school level for 18 years, and then was assistant principal at Holy Name School for two years. After that, Sr. Margaret spent 12 years on the high school level. 

In 1984 she began what she called “the most rewarding ministry of my life” – as Director of the Grace Institute Outreach program in the South Bronx. There she oversaw the program that enabled women to receive their GED and to upgrade their job skills.

Gifted with an artistic bent, Sr.  Margaret used her creativity to enrich the lives of others. She proudly made her sister’s wedding dress, and designed and made curtains for her local communities. She often enhanced parish and convent parties with her decorations and flair for color.

"Sr. Margaret’s active life of ministry, prayer and community, as well as her later years of patient suffering, shaped her into something beautiful for her God. "  

Sr. Margaret’s active life of ministry, prayer and community, as well as her later years of patient suffering, shaped her into something beautiful for her God.  Now, with her family and friends, we rejoice that this joyful, enthusiastic Sister of Charity can enjoy the God of all beauty face to face.


Sr. Elizabeth Quinn, SC
(formerly Sr. Marie Cornelius, SC)

DIED
Friday, July 1, 2011
(age 93)

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
   2 - 8pm
   6:30pm, Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
10:00 am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers,  NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1937.

   She earned a BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and a MA in Home Economics from New York University.

MINISTRIES
Brooklyn
· Bishop McDonnell High School, 1957-63

Manhattan
· St. Veronica, 1940-43
· Grace Institute, 1956-57, 1963-77, 1978-86 & 1993-2003

Queens
· St. Gabriel, 1943-54

Wappinger Falls
· St. Mary, 1954-56

images/SrQuinn.jpgSr. Elizabeth Quinn, SC

Sr. Elizabeth’s ministry was education. After teaching first grade at three schools over 16 years, Sister taught Home Economics at Bishop McDonnell HS for six years. Then she began her long service in adult education at Grace Institute, the tuition-free training program for women in need that the Sisters of Charity of New York staffed for 106 years. Sr. Elizabeth devoted a total of 33 years to Grace, where she specialized in teaching clothing construction.

Sister’s Congregational service included Coordinator at the convent in Incarnation parish in northern Manhattan and six years as part of the administrative team at Mary the Ocean Star in Ventnor, NJ.

"She had a large and
understanding heart
and a ready acceptance
of all persons as she
found them."

After 66 years as a Sister of Charity, Sr. Elizabeth retired at age 86 to a ministry of prayer, service and witness...and quilting.

Not surprisingly for one with her background, Sister was handy with a needle. In 2003, she entered two of her quilts – “Keep the Home Fires Burning” and “Stars in My Garden” – in an exhibit in NYC. Both of these quilts were beautiful examples of her work and the love which and the love which she put into each of her projects. 

In the classroom, as well as outside of it, Sr. Elizabeth was a teacher – one who touched the lives of all those whom she met. She had a large and understanding heart and a ready acceptance of all persons as she found them.

Sr. Mary Christopher Ludden, SC

DIED
Sunday, May 15, 2011
(age 90)

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
   2 – 8pm
   6:30 pm, Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
Mount Saint Vincent
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
10:30 am

BURIAL
Saint Peter Cemetery
Troy, NY
Thursday, May 19, 2011

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1943. She earned a BA in Home Economics and Chemistry from Hunter College; and both a MA in Home Economics and a PhD in Home Economics and Retailing from New York University.

MINISTRIES
The Bronx
·
Visitation, 1946-47
· St. Barnabas, 1948-53

Manhattan
· New York University, 1969-70
· Hunter College, 1970-83
· Cathedral Prep Seminary,
1983-92
· St. Ignatius Loyola, 1993-2000

Westchester
· Yonkers:  Elizabeth Seton School, 1943-45 & 1953-62
· Elizabeth Seton College,
1962-69
· White Plains:  St. John High
School, 1947-48

images/SrMaryChristopherLudden.jpgSr. Mary Christopher
Ludden, SC

Sr. Mary Christopher grew up in northern Manhattan with her parents and older sister. She was taught by Sisters of Charity of New York at Cathedral HS and entered the Congregation after college.

Sister’s education ministry spanned three levels of schools:  13 years on the elementary level, 15  years at high schools, and 21 years in colleges. She taught chemistry, general sciences, biology, geometry, algebra, home economics and social studies through grade 12. On the college level, Sr. Mary Christopher taught retailing and home economics. At her alma mater Hunter College, she chaired the home economics department for two of her 13 years there.

Sr. Mary Christopher was active outside the classroom too. She was a member of:

  • a panel at Governor Rockefeller’s Conference on Women
  • the Sisters’ Council of the New York Archdiocese
  • the Friends of Cardinal Newman Society.

In 1968 Sister was invited to the White House by Mrs. Lyndon Johnson as part of the that year’s Women Doer’s Luncheon. In the early 1970s, she taught consumer education with the “Summer in the City” program.

"...she enters into the joy of her God whom she served faithfully for so many years."  

Sister also found time to write articles for the Journal of Home Economics and prepared teacher’s manuals in home economics. After leaving Hunter College, she taught in the Cathedral Prep Seminary and translated a book on John Henry Newman from French into English.

We rejoice with Sr. Mary Christopher now as she enters into the joy of her God whom she served faithfully for so many years. 


Sr. Miriam Agatha O’Dea, SC

DIED
Thursday, May 6, 2011
(Age 92)

WAKE
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Assembly Room
Sunday, May 8, 2011
   2 – 8pm
   Prayer Service 6:30pm

FUNERAL MASS
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
Mount Saint Vincent
   Monday, May 9, 2011
   10am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1938. She earned a BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

MINISTRIES
Manhattan

· Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1940-49
· St. Bernard, 1955-61

Outside New York City
· Port Chester, Our Lady of Mercy, 1967-90
· Southampton, Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary, 1961-67
· Tivoli, St. Sylvia, 1953-55
· Yonkers, St. Denis, 1949-53

images/SrMAgathaO'Dea.jpgSr. Miriam Agatha
O’Dea, SC

Catherine O’Dea entered the Congregation after graduation from Cathedral HS. She took the religious name Miriam Agatha and became a teacher.

Sr. Agatha was missioned to 6 schools over 50 years. Because of her administrative ability, Sister served as principal at St. Bernard in Manhattan and at Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary in Southampton.

"...always available
with a listening ear
and open heart
to each Sister’s needs
and stories."  

Sister’s longest parish association was with Our Lady of Mercy in Port Chester. There, she taught grades 4, 5 and 6 over 14 years, and was a library volunteer over 9 years. She was a vital part of the parish prayer group. In her retirement, Sr. Agatha was always available with a listening ear and open heart to each Sister’s needs and stories.  


Sr. Anne Courtney, SC
(formerly Sr. Anna Mercedes, SC)

DIED
Friday, May 6, 2011
(age 96)

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
   2 – 7pm
   Prayer Service at 3pm

FUNERAL MASS  
Convent of Mary the Queen
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
   10:30am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 7, 1931.
She earned three degrees in English:  a BA from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA from Columbia University, and a PhD from Fordham University.

MINISTRIES
The Bronx
· St. Barnabas High School, 1961-62
· College of Mount Saint Vincent, 1962-85
· Congregation’s Archives, 1985-2006
Manhattan
· Blessed Sacrament, 1933
· Cathedral High School,
1943-61
Brooklyn
. St. Mary Star of the Sea,
1933-43

images/SrAnneCourtney,-.jpgSr. Anne
Courtney, SC

Anne was a miracle baby, born premature and weighing just a little over 3 pounds. She began her association with the Sisters of Charity of New York in first grade, at St. Barnabas School in the Bronx. After graduation from St. Barnabas HS, she entered the Congregation.

Sr. Anne was an outstanding educator and taught at 5 schools over 52 years. During her 18 years at Cathedral HS, Sister both taught and chaired the English Department; she was affectionately nicknamed SAM (Sr. Anna Mercedes) by her students.

Sr. Anne’s longest association was with her alma mater, the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Over 23 years, she was an English instructor, Academic Dean, Associate Professor of English, Vice President, and Executive Vice President and Continuing Ed Coordinator. 

At age 70, Sr. Anne became the Archivist for the Congregation, and served that department for a total of 21 years. She also was a founding member of the national organization Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious, and wrote a prayer for workers in this ministry.      

Sister’s memory was legendary, as was her ability to make the people and events of the distant past come alive. She was a storyteller par excellence.

Sister also was noted for her writing abilities. She contributed to high school English text books, wrote poetry and also “Pioneers,” about the 1847 foundation of the Sisters of Charity of New York.

"She believed that, 'God wants us to meet Him in everyone and be responsive to their needs.'”

Of her life as an educator, Sr. Anne said, “I truly believe education is the vehicle for transmitting the Good News – and we’re always teaching by everything we say and do.”

Her life reflected her philosophy as a Sister of Charity. She believed that, “God wants us to meet Him in everyone and be responsive to their needs.”

There’s little doubt that Sr. Anne met God’s expectations.


Sr. Marian Jude Byrne, SC

DIED
Sunday, April 11, 2011
(age 85)

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
   2 – 8pm
   6:30 pm, Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
Mount Saint Vincent
Thursday, April 14, 2011
   10am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1943. She earned a MS in Education and a MA in American History, both from Fordham University.

MINISTRIES
The Bronx
·
St. Raymond, 1946-50 & 1956-58
· St. Barnabas High School, 1958-67
· St. Raymond Academy, 1972-97

Manhattan
·
St. Stephen, 1954-55
· Cathedral High School, 1967-72

Outside New York City
·
St. Peter (Yonkers), 1944-46
· St. Joseph (Yonkers), 1950-54
· St. John Evangelist (White Plains), 1955-56

images/Sister-Jude-Byrne-2011.jpgSr. Marian Jude
Byrne, SC

Helen Mary Byrne grew up in the Bronx with her two siblings and Irish-immigrant parents. She had Sisters of Charity as teachers from first grade at St. Augustine’s School through graduation at Cathedral High School. 

As Sr. Marian Jude, her talents as an educator were recognized early and she embarked on her first teaching position just six months after receiving the novice’s habit. Over the next 14 years, Sister taught at a total of six parochial schools. In 1958, Sr. Jude, as she was familiarly known, “graduated” to the high school level. Over the next 39 years, she was principal or assistant principal at each of the secondary schools to which she was missioned. Sister’s longest service was at St. Raymond Academy for Girls, where she served as assistant principal for one year and principal for 24 years. 

Sr. Jude followed the time-honored formula handed down from Elizabeth Seton herself through generations of Sisters of Charity educators: demand excellence, be firm yet fair, and treat each person with genuine, loving concern. Wherever she served, students, parents and faculty felt the grace of her influence.

"Wherever she served, students, parents and faculty felt the grace of her influence."

A former colleague described her as thorough, precise, and totally focused on education; she was known for arriving at school early and staying late. Another colleague wrote that Sister Jude never asked anything of her teachers that she herself would not do, and that her very presence reminded students of the meaning of education in the fullest sense of the word.

Sister was devoted to her family, especially to her nieces and nephews, and to her lifelong friend and partner in the ministry of education, Sr. Marie Clementine Foy. If the Sisters of Charity had an Educators’ Hall of Fame, Sisters Jude and Clementine would surely rank among the top ten. The two friends shared a quick wit, a fun-loving zest for life, and a keen interest in books and current affairs. Clementine’s death in 2004, after they had both retired to the Convent of Mary the Queen, was a painful loss.

The shield of St. Raymond’s Academy bears the motto “Deus Est Caritas” – God is Charity. To the full embrace of the God of all Charity, whom Sister Jude loved and served with her whole heart, we now gratefully commend this consummate educator, faithful friend, and beloved Sister of Charity.


Sr. Mary Gallagher, SC
DIED
Thursday, April 7, 2011
(age 72)

WAKE
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Assembly Room
Sunday, April 10, 2011
2 – 4:30 & 6 – 8pm
Prayer Service, 6:30 pm

FUNERAL MASS
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
Mount Saint Vincent, Bx
Monday, April 11, 2011, 10am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1962. She earned a BS in English and a MA in Religious Education from Fordham University; and a MA in Higher Education and an EDD in Higher Education & Religion from Teachers College, Columbia University.

MINISTRIES
Bronx
· Cardinal Spellman High School, 1966-78
· Sisters of Charity Center, 1983-87 & 1999-2010

Westchester
· Larchmont:  St. Augustine Parish, 1987-1999
· Yonkers:  St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 2010-present

Queens
· La Guardia Community College, 1981-83 (research assistant)

images/SrGallagher_2011.jpgSr. Mary Gallagher, SC

Sister Mary died unexpectedly on April 7.

During her 49 years in the Congregation, Sister served as a teacher and program administrator.

As an educator, she taught religion and English at Cardinal Spellman High School for 12 years.

Her Congregational service included being the co-director of the PRO program in the ‘80s and the director of the Associate program for 11 years.

Sister Mary also served two parishes:

  • St. Augustine Parish in Larchmont, where she was the director of religious education for 12 years
  • St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Yonkers, where Sister had been the office manager since last August

She is survived by her sister, Sr. Eileen Gallagher, SC.

(Additional biographical information will be made available at a later time.)

Sr. Mary J. Walsh, SC
(formerly Sr. Maria Rosaire, SC)

DIED
Sunday, March 18, 2011
(age 97)

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Monday, March 21, 2011
   2 – 8pm
   6:30pm, Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
   10am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1937. She earned an RN from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing; a BS in Nursing Education from St. John’s University; and a MA in Nursing Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.  

MINISTRIES
Manhattan
· St. Vincent’s Hospital, 1940-46
· National League for Nursing,
1968-82

Nanuet
St. Agatha Home, 1939-40

Yonkers
St. Joseph’s Hospital, 1946-68
& 1982-2004

images/SrMJWalsh.jpgSr. Mary J. Walsh, SC

Sr. Mary J. grew up in Port Chester, NY, with her sister, brother and parents. She had the Sisters of Charity of New York as teachers from grades 1 – 12, and at Saint Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing before entering the Congregation.

Sister served St. Vincent’s Hospital, Manhattan, as supervisor in the Operating Room. At St. Joseph’s Hospital, Yonkers, where she served a total of 44 years, Sister was Director of the Nursing Services, Director of the School of Nursing School, and Assistant Administrator between 1946 and 1968. For the next 14 years, Sister worked with the National League for Nursing as a consultant and Director of Education. In 1982, she returned to St. Joseph’s, now a Medical Center. Over the next 22 years, Sr. Mary J. was Utilization Review Coordinator and Patient Representative; she shared her extensive knowledge and concern with all she met.

"With her untiring and dedicated service, her sense of humor and common sense approach to life, Sr. Mary was an example for all."

Sr. Mary J. touched many lives over her 65 years of active ministry. She retired at age 91. With her untiring and dedicated service, her sense of humor and common sense approach to life, Sr. Mary was an example for all. Through her, patients and health-care staff experienced the love and concern of a true Sister of Charity. This was a gift they will carry throughout their lives.

images/SrMJWalshStJoseph.jpg

1992: Sr. Mary J. Walsh on the job as patient rep at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center.


Sr. Eileen Regina Leonard, SC

DIED
Monday, March 7, 2011
(age 87)

WAKE
Hillebrand Funeral Home
63-17 Woodhaven Boulevard
Rego Park, NY  11374
   718-639-5511
Friday, March 11, 2011
2 – 5 & 7 - 9pm

FUNERAL MASS
Our Lady of the Angelus
Church
63-63  98th St.
Rego Park, NY  11374
Saturday, March 12, 10am

BURIAL
Calvary Cemetery
Queens, NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1945. She earned a BA in English from Hunter College; a MA in Spanish from Fordham University; and a MA in Administration and Supervision from Hunter College. She held New York State certifications in Spanish and in Administration and Supervision. 

MINISTRIES
Bronx
· Visitation School, 1947-49
· St. Barnabas High School

Manhattan
· Cathedral High School, 1963-2005

Queens
· Our Lady of the Angelus, 2003-11

images/SrEileenReginaLeonard.jpgSr. Eileen Regina
Leonard, SC

Sr. Eileen’s education ministry spanned 64 years, three boroughs, three schools and one parish.

She began in the Bronx, teaching the upper grades at Visitation School over two years. That was followed by 14 years teaching Spanish, algebra, social studies and religion at St. Barnabas High School.

In 1963, Sister began what would become 42 years of service at Cathedral High School. There, Sister taught Spanish, chaired the Spanish Department for two years, and then chaired the Modern Languages Department for 40 years.

During her tenure at Cathedral, Sister also founded the school’s renowned marching band. She did this at the request of Terence Cardinal Cooke, who, after watching the Columbus Day Parade in 1980, turned to Sr. Eileen Regina and said that Cathedral High School should have its own band. She set out to make that a reality immediately.

Over the years, the Cathedral Band has marched about 30 times annually and has won numerous awards. In 2009, it escorted the Sisters of Charity of New York up Fifth Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade which was dedicated to the Congregation that year.

"Sr. Eileen was
known as a
'Master Teacher.'"

Sr. Eileen was known as a “Master Teacher.” In 2000, she was awarded the Elizabeth Ann Seton Compassionate Educator Award, the highest honor given by the Archdiocesan Department of Education to a teacher. Throughout her teaching ministry, Sr. Eileen was interested in every student and enabled each to achieve the goals of education. Her relationships with many of her students lasted through her life.

Sister retired from Cathedral High School in 2005, but was very active in her parish in Rego Park, Queens where she taught Spanish and helped Spanish speakers with translations. Sr. Eileen is survived by her brother Rev. John Leonard, SJ, and sister Marion Ryan.

images/Sr Eileen Regina Leonard band_030911.jpg

Sr. Eileen Regina and the Cathedral High School All Girl Marching Band
The May 2, 1995 dedication in Central Park of the plaque marking the site of the original Mount Saint Vincent at McGown’s Pass — off Fifth Avenue at E. 105 St.


Sr. Eileen Finnegan, SC
(formerly Sr. Marie Ignatius, SC)

DIED
Sunday, February 6, 2011
(age 95)

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
   2 – 8pm
   6:30 pm, Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
   10am

BURIAL
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Valhalla, NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on February 2, 1936. She earned an BA in French and a MA in Education.

MINISTRIES
Bronx
· St. Gabriel, 1967-70

Brooklyn
· St. Stephen, 1937-41

Queens
· St. Gabriel, 1941-48
· Our Lady of Angelus, 1965-67

Rockland
· Haverstraw:  St. Peter, 1949-59

Staten Island
· Blessed Sacrament, 1959-63

Suffolk
· Southampton:  Sacred Hearts      of Jesus & Mary, 1948-49

Westchester
· Mamaroneck:  Holy Trinity,    1963-65 (principal)
· Yonkers:  Elizabeth Seton     Academy, 1970-75 & 1977-81
  St. Joseph, 1981-85

Rockland
· Haverstraw:  St. Peter, 1949-59

images/Sr.Finnegan.jpgSr. Eileen Mary
Finnegan, SC at her
60th Jubilee in 1996.

Eileen Mary Finnegan grew up in northern Manhattan with her two sisters, two brothers and Irish immigrant parents. She had the Sisters of Charity of New York as teachers and role models from grades 1 – 12 at Incarnation School and at Cathedral High School.

As Sr. Eileen, she taught at 11 elementary schools over 48 years. Her longest parish associations were with St. Peter’s in Haverstraw (10 years) and with the Elizabeth Seton Academy in Yonkers (nine years).

In September 1975, while attending the canonization of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Rome, Sr. Eileen was hit by a motorcycle and badly injured. Her recuperation took 18 months; after her recovery, Sister returned to her teaching post at Seton Academy.

Even at 95 years of age,
Sister still had a lively
interest in everybody
and everything.

images/Sr.Finnegan2.jpgSr. Eileen Mary
Finnegan, SC

Sister’s Congregational service included being the Sister Servant at Holy Trinity Convent in Mamaroneck where she was also the principal of the parish school for two years. At age 70, Sister traded the classroom for the office and worked for 12 years at the Congregation’s administrative headquarters at Mount Saint Vincent. 

At age 82, Sr. Eileen began what would be 13 years in a ministry of Prayer, Service and Witness at the Convent of Mary the Queen.

Sister died just four days after the 75th anniversary of her entering the Congregation – on February 2, 1936. We rejoice with her now as she meets her God “face to face.”


Sr. Loretta Josepha Conran, SC

DIED
Thursday, January 27, 2011
(age 85)

WAKE          
Convent of Mary the Queen
Sunday, January 30, 2011
   2 – 6pm
   3pm, Prayer Service

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Monday, January 31, 2011
   9:30am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery,
Yonkers, NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1944. She earned an AB in English and a MA in Education.

MINISTRIES
Bronx
· St. Anthony, 1959-62
· Sts. Peter and Paul, 1971-2003

Manhattan
· St. John Evangelist, 1951-52

North of NYC
· Rye: Resurrection, 1946-51
  & 1967-71
· Nanuet: St. Agatha, 1962-63
· Yonkers: St. Denis, 1963-67

Nassau, The Bahamas
· Our Lady School, 1952-56
· St. Thomas More, 1956-58
   (teacher & headmistress)
· Xavier College, 1958-59

images/Sr.Conran.jpgSr. Loretta Josepha
Conran, SC

Sr. Loretta Josepha (born Veronica Hope) grew up in the Bronx with her parents and two sisters. She had the Sisters of Charity of New York as teachers at St. Augustine School and at Cathedral High School. After working for the New York Telephone Company for a year, she entered the Congregation on September 8, 1944 and began what would be an extraordinary career as an educator. 

Sister’s education ministry spanned 5 decades and touched students, families and faculty in 9 schools and 2 countries.

Sister’s "education
ministry spanned 5
decades and touched
students, families
and faculty...”

Her long-time desire to serve in foreign missions was fulfilled by seven years in The Bahamas, where Sister was a teacher and headmistress – back in the days when our Sisters wore the traditional habit and before air conditioning (1952-59).

Sr. Josepha’s longest school affiliation was with Saints Peter and Paul at 838 Brook Avenue in the Bronx. There she taught grades 6 – 8 at various times from 1971 – 96, and specialized in Language Arts, reading and religion. Sister retired from the classroom in 1996 but continued to live in Saints Peter and Paul parish until 2003.

In our Archives is a news story with a photo showing Sr. Josepha enthusiastically cheering on the Sts. Peter and Paul’s boys’ basketball team to the Varsity Crown in a CYO tournament. Sister was better known though for urging her students on to academic victory.

Sr. Josepha was a joyful, enthusiastic person; she was quick to assess a situation and often had a witty remark.

When she was leaving the Bahamas, Sister told a friend, “I will miss you, but God will be our connection.” 

Now she has finally met God face to face.  Rest in peace, Sister Josepha.

Sr. Maria Rhoda Reed, SC

DIED
Sunday, January 16, 2011
(age 91)

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
   Visiting Hours:  2 – 8pm
   Prayer Service:  4pm

FUNERAL MASS
Saint Mary Church
103 South Broadway
Yonkers, NY  10701
   Wednesday, January 19,
   2011, 10am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1937.  She earned a BA in History.

MINISTRIES

Bronx
· Saints Peter & Paul,
1939-43

Manhattan
· St. Stephen, 1943-45

Brooklyn
· St. Paul, 1963-64

Queens
· St. Gabriel, 1956-60
· St. Monica, 1960-63

Yonkers
· St. Peter, 1945-56
· St. Mary’s, 1964-2002
   -  Teacher, 1964-79
   -  Pastoral Assistant &
      Coordinator of Religious
      Education, 1979-93
   -  Pastoral Assistant in the
      parish & Director of
      Development for the school

images/Sr-Mary-Rhoda-Reed_.jpgSr. Maria Rhoda
Reed, SC
 

Catherine Reed was born and raised in Brooklyn. She was the second youngest of 10 children. As many Brooklynites of her day, she attended Bishop McDonnell High School, where the Sisters of Charity of New York were teaching. After one year at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, she entered the Congregation and took the religious name of Maria Rhoda. 

Sr. Rhoda’s ministry was education and she taught in seven parochial schools over 40 years. Her longest school / parish association was with St. Mary’s (AKA the Immaculate Conception) in Yonkers. After teaching 4th and 5th grades at the parish school for 15 years, Sr. Rhoda served as a pastoral assistant for the next 23 years. For the first 14 years of that period, Sister also was the Coordinator of Religious Education; from 1993 to 2002, she also was Development Director for St. Mary’s School.

Sister’s mission was always to serve the poor. One way that she did this was to sponsor walk-a-thons to raise money so that children could receive scholarships to attend St. Mary’s School.  Even after her “retirement” in 2002, Sr. Rhoda continued to visit St. Mary’s School, helping out where she could and speaking to the children of all grades about St. Elizabeth Seton.

“Sister’s mission
was always
to serve the poor.”

When Sr. Rhoda officially retired from active ministry in 2002 at age 83, the staff and parishioners of St. Mary’s Parish and School gave Sr. Rhoda a big send-off and wrote:

Throughout the years Sr. Rhoda dedicated herself to serving St. Mary’s “above and beyond” in whatever capacity was needed. She’s done so with graceful capability, humor, and enthusiasm. The parish has been fortunate to have Sr. Maria Rhoda with us for the past thirty-eight years and it is with a collective grateful heart that we offer Sister a huge and loving “THANK YOU.”

We add our thanks to God for giving Sr. Rhoda to us for so long.


Sr. Mary Rosilda Tabacco, SC

DIED
Thursday, January 6, 2011 (age 99)

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Sunday, January 9, 2011 
   Visiting Hours: 1:30 to
   7:00pm
   Prayer Services: 1:30
   and  6:30pm

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Monday, January 10, 2011  / 9:30am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of
Charity of New York on
September 8, 1928.
She earned a degree in History.

MINISTRIES

Bronx
· Visitation, 1954-56
  St. Margaret of Cortona,
  1962-68 (Principal)

Manhattan
· St. Patrick, 1930-47
· Holy Trinity, 1947-54
· Our Lady of Mt. Carmel,
   1968-74
· St. Ignatius Loyola,
   1974-81 (teacher &
   librarian) & 1981-96
   (in residence)

Staten Island
· Blessed Sacrament,
   1956-62

images/Sr.Tobacco.jpgSr. Mary Rosilda
Tabacco,
SC  

Sophia Tabacco grew up in Yonkers, where her immigrant parents (from Italy and Poland) had settled. She had one sister, two step-sisters and two step-brothers. She was educated by the Sisters of Charity of New York in grade school (St. Joseph’s) and in high school (Seton Academy). She entered the Congregation two years after graduation.

As Sr. Mary Rosilda, she specialized in elementary education, mostly the upper grades. Ironically, her longest parish associations were her first and last assignments, both in Manhattan. Sr. Rosilda began her teaching career at St. Patrick Old Cathedral School, where she spent 17 years. Sister closed out her career at St. Ignatius Loyola School, where she was a teacher and librarian in the school for seven years, followed by 15 years in active retirement in the parish. In between those two schools, there were five others, including St. Margaret of Cortona in the NW Bronx, where she served as principal for six years.

“...Sr. Rosilda’s life was
spent in quiet service
to the community
she loved...”

During her years of retirement at the Convent of Mary the Queen, Sr. Rosilda kept busy with things both large and small. She was always ready and willing to talk about the happy days spent at St. Ignatius.

Sr. Rosilda died just seven months shy of her 100th birthday. She saw the turning not only of a century but a millennium. Despite the often tumultuous times in which she lived, Sr. Rosilda’s life was spent in quiet service to the community she loved, and to the countless children she prepared for their futures.

We are grateful for her long and productive life.

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