In Memoriam: Sister Margaret Aileen Fennell, SC

Sister Margaret Aileen loved her work with the children she taught and counseled. She will long be remembered by her students for the knowledge which she imparted and the helpful advice she so kindly gave.

Sr. Margaret Aileen Fennell, SCSister Margaret Aileen Fennell (Sister Miriam Brendan) was born March 23, 1928 in New York City. She was one of five children, four daughters and one son, of Michael and Margaret Ryan Fennell. Margaret attended Saint Luke School in the Bronx and Cathedral High School, Manhattan, then worked for one year before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 7, 1947. Sister Brendan received a BA in Spanish from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MS in Guidance from Fordham University. She later earned NYS Permanent Certification in Spanish and Guidance.

Sister Margaret Aileen’s first ministry assignments were in the field of elementary education. Sister taught at Resurrection School, Rye; Our Lady of Angels School and Saints Peter and Paul School, both in the Bronx; Saint Francis Xavier School, Saint Brigid School and Saint Patrick School, in Manhattan. In 1969, Sister Margaret Aileen became a secondary school guidance counselor. She served at the Academy of Mount Saint Vincent in Tuxedo Park; Saint Vincent Ferrer HS, Manhattan; Saint Barnabas HS, Bronx; Saint Joseph by-the-Sea HS, Staten Island; and Cardinal Spellman HS, Bronx. Sister remained in the Guidance Department at Cardinal Spellman for fourteen years. After her retirement from active ministry, Sister Margaret Aileen continued as a volunteer at Cardinal Spellman for many years. In 2003 she moved to Mount Saint Vincent Convent where she spent twelve years, then moved to Cabrini of Westchester, Dobbs Ferry, in 2015.

Sister Margaret Aileen loved her work with the children she taught and counseled. She will long be remembered by her students for the knowledge which she imparted and the helpful advice she so kindly gave. Sister was generous and kind, a faith-filled person whose love of God was apparent in her daily life. In a very quiet way, Sister Margaret Aileen would often help others, her kindnesses known only to the recipient and to God. She was always a good and loyal friend. We rejoice with her now as she stands before the God whom she served so long and so well. Rest in peace, Sister Margaret Aileen.



Date of Death
March 22, 2017


Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Assembly Room
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471
Monday, March 27, 2017
2:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Prayer Vigil at 4:30 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Assembly Room
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
11:00 am

Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY


Archdiocese of New York

  • St. Vincent Hospital, Manhattan
    1950, Admitting office
  • Resurrection, Rye
    1950–51, Teacher, Gr. 3
  • Our Lady of Angels, Bronx
    1951–53, Teacher, Gr. 5, 6
  • SS Peter & Paul, Bronx
    1953–54, Teacher, Gr. 7
  • St. Francis Xavier, Manhattan
    1954–60, Teacher, Gr. 7, 8
  • St. Brigid, Manhattan
    1960–65, Teacher, Gr. 8
  • St. Patrick, Manhattan
    1965–69, Teacher, Gr. 8
  • Academy of Mt. St. Vincent, Tuxedo
    1969–71, Guidance Counselor
  • St. Vincent Ferrer HS, Manhattan
    1971–73, Guidance Counselor
  • St. Barnabas HS, Bronx
    1973–86, Guidance Counselor
  • St. Joseph by-the-Sea, Staten Island
    1986–89, Guidance Counselor
  • Cardinal Spellman HS, Bronx
    1989–97, Guidance Counselor
    1990–2003, Chairperson, Guidance Dept.
    2003–04, Volunteer

4 Responses to In Memoriam: Sister Margaret Aileen Fennell, SC

  1. Liz O'connor vulpi March 25, 2017 at 10:15 pm #

    Rest In Peace Sister Aileen.

  2. Brother Kenney Gorman CFX April 2, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    May she Rest In Peace. Sister Brendan, or Brendan as we affectionately called her at SFX Grammar School in Manhattan, taught, companioned, loved and listened to us seventh and eighth graders. One happy memory was Sister taking her class with the help of the mothers to ice skating in Central Park for a class outing. She joined in the fun – skating in full habit with us! We stayed in contact through the years. I attribute my vocation as a Xaverian Brother to Sister’s listening and encouragement. At this time, special thanks to her good friend Sister Philip who encouraged her in these latter years.

  3. Joan Caruso April 3, 2017 at 7:25 am #

    R.I.P. SISTER.

  4. Nancy Lehrer /Barrero September 29, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    Sister Brendan always wanted us to do our best. She made us work hard but what she instilled in me at ST. BRIGID will be cherished by me Forever!

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