In Memoriam: Sister Pauline Cinquini, SC

She was a patient, kind, and compassionate person, ever-faithful and prayerful, as well as a very loving member of both her local community and the Sisters of Charity.


Sister Pauline Cinquini (Sister Peter Marie) was born on November 14, 1933 in Long Island City, New York, the only child of Paul and Elizabeth Collins Cinquini. Pauline graduated from the Academy of the Holy Child and Cathedral High School, then worked for several years before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1958. Sister Pauline earned
a BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in English from Manhattan College, and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Immaculate Conception Seminary in New Jersey.

Sister Pauline began her work with children at the New York Foundling Hospital and the Holy Name Day Nursery, both in Manhattan. Her ministry in education spanned thirteen years, during which she taught in Saints Peter and Paul and Blessed Sacrament Schools in the Bronx, Holy Name and Saint Brigid Schools in Manhattan, and Resurrection Academy in Rye. Beginning in 1973, Sister Pauline spent two years at the House of Prayer at Xavier Center in Convent Station, New Jersey. She and several sisters then began the Elizabeth Seton House of Prayer at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Scarsdale, New York, in 1975. From 1975 on, Sister Pauline worked in the House of Prayer Ministry as a retreat director, and director of spiritual programs on local, national, and international levels. In 1988, she was named Liaison for the Charismatic Renewal for the Archdiocese of New York. In 1996, the parish of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scarsdale asked her to direct its Adult Education Program and four years later she also became Director of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for the parish. During all of these years, Sister Pauline continued her prayer programs and retreats as part of the House of Prayer ministry.

A very talented musician, Sister Pauline provided music for countless retreats and programs. She was a major participant in the music ministry at many charismatic conferences and was privileged to play and sing for Pope John Paul II during one of her many visits to Rome.

Sister Pauline, along with the many other sisters involved in the charismatic renewal ministry, urged others to listen to the Spirit speaking in their lives and be open to the guidance and the will of God. She was a patient, kind, and compassionate person, ever-faithful and prayerful, as well as a very loving member of both her local community and the Sisters of Charity. Sister Pauline now rests in God’s presence, knowing infinite love and peace, and rejoicing with her family, friends, and the Sisters of Charity who have gone before her.

Be happy, Sister Pauline, with the God whom you served so well throughout your life.


December 24, 2015


Elizabeth Seton House of Prayer
194 Gaylor Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Monday, December 28, 2015
2:00-8:00 pm
6:00 pm Prayer Service

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
8 Carman Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
11:00 am

St. Joseph’s Cemetery
Yonkers, NY


Archdiocese of New York

  • New York Foundling
  • Holy Name Nursery
  • SS Peter and Paul, Bronx
    1961–1963, Teacher, Gr. 2
  • Holy Name, Manhattan
    1963–1966, Teacher, Gr. 1
  • Blessed Sacrament, Bronx
    1966–1970, Teacher, Gr. 6
  • St. Brigid, Manhattan
    1970–1973, Teacher, Gr. 8
  • Resurrection Academy, Rye
    1975–1976, Teacher
  • Elizabeth Seton House of Prayer, Scarsdale
    1975–2015, House of Prayer Ministry
    Retreat Director, Spiritual Programs
  • Charismatic Renewal Office, Scarsdale
    1988–2015, Retreats, Dioc. Liaison
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale
    1996–2000, Director, Adult Education
    2000–2015, Director, RCIA

Diocese of Paterson

  • Xavier Center, Convent Station
    1973–1975, House of Prayer Ministry

7 Responses to In Memoriam: Sister Pauline Cinquini, SC

  1. Emily December 27, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    You will be missed by many. You are one of the main reasons that I am a proud Catholic today. You helped me with the RCIA program at IHM and for that I am forever grateful. You filled a spot in my heart and I will always remember you. Rest in peace.

  2. Joan (Joseph) Caruso December 27, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    Rest in peace Dear Sister…God Bless you

  3. Sr.nancy kellar December 31, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    Pauline was my soul friend for the 43 years we lived together.We did over 100 parish missions in ny,no conn. And as far away as Australia.We ministered together in 48 states of the U.S. And she accompanied me to 16 countries including India,Japan,Korea,China,and Ghana in West Africa where we gave retreats to sisters and priests.Her music touched many hearts wherever we will be sorely missed,dear PaulineWith love from Nancy

  4. Sr. Mary Tommasino December 31, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    A trusted friend a guiding light, a sister. Word can not say how she will be missed.

  5. Charlanne Zepf Bauerlein January 31, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

    Sr. Pauline’s singing and music touched my heart and those of my parents — Charlanne and Joe Zepf. I loved seeing her, along with the other women religious, playing leadership roles in the catholic charismatic church community. She gave witness to the Spirit’s presence in our lives and modeled a deep love for our Lord and others. I admired her and feel grateful to have known her. Her example helped to deepen my faith and love for Jesus. Praise God for your life! You will be missed.

  6. Mary Alfano February 3, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    A terrific person who was God’s light to others.

  7. Zoraida October 4, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

    Sister Peter was my second grade teacher in 1963 in St Peter and Paul School in the Bronx. Sister Peter prepared me for my first holy communion. She was kind, compassionate, warm and a wonderful teacher. My family moved to Puerto Rico in 1966. I always remembered her as my favorite elementary school teacher. God bless you and keep you always.

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