In Memoriam: Sister Caroline McGinn, SC

Sister Caroline’s unique style of kindness and compassion will be remembered by students she taught and counseled and the Sisters with whom she lived.


Sister Caroline McGinn (Sister Maureen Thomas) was born in New York City on February 12, 1932, one of four daughters and three sons born to Thomas and Bridget Elliott McGinn. She attended Sacred Heart School in the Bronx and Cathedral High School before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on February 2, 1950. Sister Thomas received a BA in Math from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in Guidance from Seton Hall University and an MA in Theology from Fordham University. She later earned NYS permanent certification in Math and Guidance, and her NYC License as a Guidance Counselor.

Sister Caroline’s ministry in education encompassed elementary to high school as both teacher and guidance counselor. She was first missioned to Resurrection School in Rye. Her other teaching assignments included Visitation School, Saint Augustine School, Saint Athanasius School and Blessed Sacrament School, all located in the Bronx. She also taught in Saint Patrick School on Mott Street. In 1970 she was sent to Cathedral High School where she served as Guidance Counselor for the students in grades 10, 11 and 12. Her next ministry was at Saint Peter’s High School on Staten Island where she was Guidance Counselor for grades 9 and 10. Her final ministry experience was with the New York City Board of Education where she worked as Guidance Counselor for the public school system. In her retirement Sister Caroline served as a caregiver to family members. Sister Caroline went to live at the Convent of Mary the Queen in Yonkers in 2008 where she continued to participate in the prayer and community life of the Congregation. In 2015 Sister Caroline moved to Saint Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry.

Sister Caroline’s unique style of kindness and compassion will be remembered by the students she taught and counseled and the Sisters with whom she lived. We rejoice with her now as God welcomes her into eternal peace and as she is united with her family, friends and all the Sisters of Charity who have gone before her.

May you forever enjoy the reward of your labors, Sister Caroline.



December 15, 2015


Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Assembly Room
6301 Riverdale Ave.
Bronx, NY 10471
Thursday, December 17, 2015
2:00–7:00 pm
4:30 pm Prayer Service

Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Assembly Room
Friday, December 18, 2015
11 am

Saint Peter Cemetery
Staten Island, NY



Archdiocese of New York

  • Resurrection, Rye
    1952–56, Teacher, Gr. 4
  • Visitation, Bronx
    1956–58, Teacher, Gr. 6
  • St. Augustine, Bronx
    1958–60, Teacher, Gr. 7
  • St. Athanasius, Bronx
    1960–62, Teacher, Gr. 7
  • St. Patrick, Manhattan
    1962–63, Teacher, Gr. 7
  • Blessed Sacrament, Bronx
    1963–70, Teacher, Gr. 7,8
  • Cathedral H.S., Manhattan
    1970–1975, Guidance Counselor
  • St. Peter H.S., Staten Island
    1975–1988, Guidance Counselor
  • Volunteer Services, Staten Island
  • Care Giver, Staten Island

NYC Board of Education

  • Guidance Counselor


9 Responses to In Memoriam: Sister Caroline McGinn, SC

  1. Liam Baldwin December 18, 2015 at 7:03 am #

    Sister Caroline was a first cousin of my Mother and her family originated from Castleblayney Co Monaghan In Ireland.
    Along with her brother Father Sylvester McGinn they were treasured members of the family especially to their relations back home in Ireland and England. While my mother was alive she always looked forward to the Christmas cards and letters from America. She will be sadly missed and our deepest sympathies go out to her family in the USA.

    Dear cousin may you rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you today.

    Love Liam

    • Webmaster December 18, 2015 at 10:46 am #

      Thank you, Liam. Sister Caroline was much loved by the Congregation and all whom she served as a devoted Sister of Charity. Our condolences to you and your family as well. God bless.

  2. Anna Baldwin December 18, 2015 at 11:57 am #

    I wish to express my deepest sympathies to her sister Georgianna Fenning & family, friends & Sister’s of Charity on the passing of your beloved Sister Caroline McGinn. As my brother Liam stated in the above email, she was a 1st cousin to my mother Cecelia McMahon Baldwin. I am proud of the legacy that she has left behind, such a pure and wonderful heart. May she rest in peace in the arms of Jesus in Heaven. Thinking of you all in this time of sadness. With love from cousin Anna Baldwin Hoff (Texas) & your cousins in (Duffy’s Monaghan, Baldwin’s Louth Ireland & McMahon’s Birmingham UK).

    • Webmaster December 18, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

      On behalf of the Sisters of Charity and Georgianna Fenning, we thank you for your kind words. Peace to you and your family.

  3. Caroline Mc Laughlin December 19, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

    I have just heard the sad news of Sr. Caroline death R.I.P.
    On behalf of all the family of the late Annie Duffy nee Mc Mahan from Lurgangreen, Castleblayaney, Co. Monaghan. I extend my deepest sympathy to Georgiana and family. We have wonderful memories of Sr. Caroline coming to stay at our home and when we visited in New York. I was proud to be named after her
    From Caroline Mc Laughlin (nee Duffy) Buncrana Co. Donegal, Ireland

    • Webmaster December 19, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

      What a wonderful honor to be named after such a great woman. Please accept our condolences for your loss. God bless you.

  4. Michael Duffy December 25, 2015 at 7:53 am #

    I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest sympathy to her sister Georgianna fenning and family
    of your sad loss of sister Caroline. I was the youngest in my family and my late mother Annie Duffy would remind me of the lovely memories she had with sister Caroline and the way she was highly educated.May she rest in peace from

    Michael, Philomena and Niamh Duffy.Carrickmacross, co monaghan.

  5. Mary McVann and the Eliott Family December 28, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    We wish to express our sincere condolences to Georgianna and the Sister’s of Charity on the passing of Sister Caroline McGinn R.I.P. Caroline was our first cousin and she visited us in Donegal on several occasions as did her brother Father Sylvester R.I.P and sisters Grace R.I.P and Georgianna. We have wonderful memories of their visits. Thinking of you all at this time of sadness.

    The Elliott Family.

  6. Theresa Ward January 24, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    May I on behalf of the Geoghegan and Caulfield families express our deepest sympathies to Georgianna and Fenning family, Sisters of Charity and friends of Sr Caroline Mc Ginn. St Caroline was 1st cousin of my mother Molly Geoghegan nee Caulfield and we all have lovely memories of her visits to Monaghan. My mother and I visited New York in Sept 1996 on the occasion of my mother’s 80th birthday and were chauffeur driven by Georgianna to visit Sr Caroline & Fr. Sylvester. Happily Molly still lives in her own home and is reasonably well approaching her 100th birthday.
    Again our sincere sympathy and may the gentle soul of Sr Caroline rest in peace.
    Theresa Ward

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