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2014
Sister Winifred O'Toole, SC
(formerly Sister Marian Robert, SC)
DIED
May 12, 201

WAKE
Thursday, May 15th
From 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Vigil Service is at 6:30 p.m.
Mount Saint Vincent Convent

FUNERAL MASS
Friday, May 16th at 10 a.m.
Mount Saint Vincent Convent

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery, Yonkers, NY

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MINISTRIES

Westchester County
•Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale
1955–60, Teacher, Gr. 1
•Our Lady of Mercy, Port Chester
1968–69, Teacher
•St. Francis of Assisi, Mt. Kisco
1969–70, Science Teacher
•St. John, White Plains
1975–77, Reading Coord.
•St. Patrick, Bedford Village
1977–79, Learning Disabled
•Sacred Heart School, Hartsdale
1986–96, Dir. Learning Cntr.

Dutchess County
•St. Mary, Wappingers Falls
1962–66, Teacher Gr. 1
•St. Joachim, Beacon
1966–67, Teacher, Gr. 1

Manhattan
•St. John
1960–62, Teacher, Gr. 2
•St. Ignatius
1982–83, Teacher

Bronx
•St. Athanasius
1967–68, Teacher
•St. Gabriel
1970–72, Language Arts Teacher
1979–82, Special Ed.
•St. Margaret of Cortona
1996–2001, Special Ed.

Sister Winifred
O'Toole , SC

Sister Winifred O'Toole (Sister Marian Robert) was born December 19, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of three daughters and a son of Michael and Mary Acton O'Toole. Winifred attended Saints Peter and Paul School in the Bronx and Cathedral High School in Manhattan. She entered the Sisters of Charity of New York September 8, 1952 and received the name, Sister Marian Robert. She earned a BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MS in Education from Western Connecticut State College. She later earned New York State permanent certification in Elementary Education.

Sister Marian Robert's first assignment was Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Scarsdale. A born teacher, she excelled in primary education and, for over twenty-five years, served at schools throughout the Archdiocese: Saint John the Evangelist, Manhattan; Saint Mary, Wappingers Falls; Saint Joachim, Beacon; Saint Athanasius and Saint Gabriel, Bronx; Our Lady of Mercy, Port Chester; Saint Francis of Assisi, Mount Kisco; Saint John, White Plains. During this time she advised, inspired and encouraged many with her talents and innovative ideas.

"During this time she advised, inspired and encouraged many with her talents and innovative ideas."

Sister Winifred then used her expertise to teach Special Education classes for over ten years at Saint Patrick School, Bedford Village, Saint Gabriel School, Bronx, and Saint Margaret of Cortona School, Bronx. Additionally, for ten years she directed the Learning Center at Sacred Heart School, Hartsdale. In these assignments, Sister Winifred was a witness of God's love for these special little ones. In 2003, she retired to Mount Saint Vincent Convent where she shared her talents in many areas of service.

Sister Winifred always loved exercise and movement. She became interested in liturgical dance and shared her talent at many Congregation prayer services.

We rejoice with Sister Winifred now as she meets her God face to face and enjoys eternal peace and happiness.


Sister Jeanne Atkinson, SC

DIED
May 1, 2014

WAKE
Tuesday, May 6, Mount Saint Vincent Convent, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Vigil Service, 6:30
p.m.

FUNERAL MASS
Wednesday, May 7, Mount Saint Vincent Convent, 10 a.m.

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery, Yonkers, NY

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MINISTRIES

Bronx
• St. Gabriel
1953-54, Teacher
• St. Athanasius
1966-79, Teacher
• Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center
1982-2000, Dir. Medical Library
• St. John Chrysostom
2002–03, Librarian
2003-11, Tutor

Manhattan
• St. John the Evangelist
1962-63, Teacher
• Incarnation
1960-62, Teacher
• Elizabeth Seton Jr. College
1979-88, Librarian
• St. Paul
1979–82, Librarian
•  College of Mount Saint Vincent 2001, Librarian, Nursing Dept. NYC Campus

Center Moriches
• St. John the Evangelist
1962–66, Teacher

New Rochelle
• Blessed Sacrament/Saint Gabriel HS
2001–02, Librarian

images/sr-JAtkinson-2014.jpgSister Jeanne
Atkinson , SC

Sister Jeanne Atkinson (Joan) was born on November 20, 1932 in New York City. She and her brother Robert were the only children of Robert and Jean McKittrick Atkinson. Joan attended P.S. 152, P.S. 52 Junior High School, and Blessed Sacrament High School in Manhattan before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1950. Sister Jeanne earned her BA in Math from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MLS in Library Science from Saint John University.

Sister Jeanne's early ministry was in Elementary Education. She served at Saint Gabriel School and Saint Athanasius School in the Bronx; Saint John the Evangelist School and Incarnation School in Manhattan, and Saint John the Evangelist School in Center Moriches, Long Island. Her love of reading and her desire to spread this love to others inspired her to enter the field of library science.

In 1979 she began her ministry as a librarian at Elizabeth Seton Junior College, New York City Campus, and then served at St. Paul School in Harlem. Sister Jeanne went on to serve as Director of the Medical Library at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in the Bronx. She later held the position of librarian in the Nursing Department of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Manhattan Campus. Sister Jeanne then served as librarian at Blessed Sacrament/Saint Gabriel High School, New Rochelle, and Saint John Chrysostom School in the Bronx, where she also tutored students. In 1996 Sister Jeanne participated in a Career Options Program run by Calvary and Our Lady of Mercy Hospitals in the Bronx. This program introduced its participants to opportunities for ministry in the field of health care. Sister Jeanne believed the program qualified its participants for many services.

Sister Jeanne was
"...known for her cheerful
smile, friendliness,
and sense of humor."

Sister Jeanne retired to the Convent of Mount Saint Vincent in 2011 where she became known for her cheerful smile, friendliness, and sense of humor. We rejoice with her now as she enters into the loving presence of her God whom she served so well.


Sister Miriam Thomas Collins, SC

DIED
March 20, 2014 at St. Joseph's Medical Center, Yonkers
Final Vows: 3/11/59

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers, Saturday, March 22nd, 2:30 to 8:00 PM; Vigil Service at 6:30 PM

Saint Athanasius Church, 878 Tiffany Street, Bronx, NY 10459, Sunday, March 23, 2014, 3:00 to 8:00 PM; Prayer Service at 5:30 PM

FUNERAL MASS
Saint Athanasius Church, Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:30 AM

BURIAL
Saint Joseph's Cemetery,
Yonkers, New York

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MINISTRIES

Manhattan
Ascension School
1954–62, Teacher, Gr. 1 & 3

Bronx
St. Athanasius School
1962–67, Teacher, Gr. 5 & 7

St. Athanasius Parish
1967–72, Community Service Worker
2004–13, Director, Comm. Outreach Program

Simpson St. Dev. Assoc.
1972–2004, Administrator, Multi-Serv. Center

St. Athanasius Parish
2004–13, Director, Comm. Outreach Program

images/Sr-Trude-Collins-2014.jpgSister Miriam Thomas
Collins, SC

Sister Miriam Thomas, who also called herself Sister Trude because of her baptismal name, Gertrude, was born on August 3, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, to Gertrude De Gennaro and Thomas Collins. She was one of two children and always remained close to her younger brother Thomas, who predeceased her in 1999. Trude attended Saint Mary Star of the Sea School and Bishop McDonnell High School in Brooklyn. After graduating, she entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1951 and received her BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Sister Thomas began her ministry in the field of education, teaching primary grades in Ascension School, Manhattan, and middle grades in Saint Athanasius School in the Bronx. In 1967 Sister Thomas left the classroom and became a community service worker in Saint Athanasius Parish. From 1972 to 2004 she worked as the administrator of the multi-service center called SISDA, Simpson Street Development Association. Her work in Saint Athanasius Parish continued until early 2013 as the director of a community outreach program.

“Sister Thomas' jovial kindness and compassion made her beloved by all the people in the South Bronx. She was widely known as the 'Bronx Bombshell,' because of her energy and exuberance."

Sister Thomas' jovial kindness and compassion made her beloved by all the people in the South Bronx. She was widely known as the "Bronx Bombshell," because of her energy and exuberance. She worked closely with the people, helping them to meet their needs. She became actively involved in local politics and won a seat on the Hunt's Point Community Corporation. As a result of her work and dedication to SEBCO, Southeast Bronx Community Organization, an affordable housing development on Southern Boulevard was named the "Sister Thomas, S.C. Apartments" in her honor. Sister Thomas has been the recipient of numerous awards for her service to the community, among them being named one of the outstanding women of the Bronx in 2012.

Sister Thomas was a fun-loving and outgoing person who took great delight in entertaining and emceeing shows for the sisters. Saint Patrick's Day at the Convent of Mary the Queen will be a different experience without "our Trude?." She will be sorely missed by the Sisters of Charity as well as by her many, many friends and neighbors in Saint Athanasius Parish.

Rest in peace, Sister Trude, as you rejoice in the presence of your God whom you served so well.

 


Sister Immaculata Burke, SC

DIED
March 8, 2014
Novillero, Sololá, Guatemala

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MINISTRIES

Manhattan
• St. Vincent's Hospital
1956–70, Nurse, Adm. Supervisor

Guatemala
• Spokane Mission, Diocese of Solala Chimaltenango
1971–2014, Health Promotion, Education, Promotion of Women

images/Sr-Immaculata-Burke-2014.jpgSister Immaculata
Burke, SC

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton once characterized herself as a "citizen of the world." What an apt description of Sister Immaculata Burke whose death occurred in the highlands of Guatemala, far away from the land of her birth, and from her adopted country.

Sister Immaculata had the heart of a true daughter of Elizabeth Seton, the soul of a missionary, the skill of a healer, the compassion of one who walked the way of charity "with the least" of the brothers and sisters of Jesus.

“Sister Immaculata had the heart of a true daughter of Elizabeth Seton, the soul of a missionary, the skill of a healer, the compassion of one who walked the way of charity...”

Brigid Burke was born February 18, 1920 in Mullingar, Ireland, one of three daughters and three sons of James and Brigid Troy Burke. As a young woman she went to England to receive nurse's training, and went abroad to Ceylon, (now Sri Lanka) and then to the Bahamas, where she worked at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau. There she met the New York Sisters of Charity who impressed her as women on fire with a mission to be with all those in need, especially the poor. Their boundless charity resonated with her own concerns for those caught in the grip of poverty, concerns that would guide her tireless work for more than sixty-one years as a Sister of Charity.

On September 8, 1953, she entered the community in New York, and received the name Marie Immaculata. Her first and only mission in New York was St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan, renowned for its quality service to all, including many who could not afford to pay. But her missionary heart heard, and responded, to the call to serve others in a land far to the south of what had become home. With Sisters Doris Pagano and Marie Tolle she opened a mission in Novillero, Sololá, where most of the people were Mayan, and all of them were poor.

Others soon joined the mission, whose main ministries were in the areas of health promotion and catechetics. Sister Immaculata was responsible for opening several clinics focused on mother and infant health initiatives. She encouraged young Guatemalan doctors to give of their time and skill to the work of the clinics. One, Dr. Jose Miguel Vasquez, became a co-worker and friend for many years. Volunteer doctors from abroad also came, donating weeks at a time to work in her clinics. Recently, student nurses and alums from the College of Mount Saint Vincent have also gone to Sololá on a regular basis to assist—and learn.

In her forty-three years of service to the people of Guatemala, Sister Immaculata witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of a brutal civil war that claimed the lives of over 200,000 men, women, and children, the majority of whom were indigenous people.

She was already a seasoned missioner when, in 1976, an earthquake struck, which killed more than 23,000 people and destroyed entire towns, including Chimaltenango. Immaculata found her way to the center of that town and worked tirelessly for five days and nights with little food or sleep, trying with other volunteers to save as many lives as possible.

Sister Immaculata was supported largely by the mission outreach program of the diocese of Spokane, Washington. In 1992 Pope John Paul II awarded her the papal medal "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" for her exemplary reaching out to those to whom she gave willingly of every service in her power to render.

When Sisters went to visit, Sister Immaculata often gave them a tiny seed to keep as a reminder of the vast amount of work that still needed to be done in Guatemala. From the seeds of her life and witness have come fruitful harvests that will be remembered forever by the people she claimed as her own.

Qué descance en la paz de nuestro Salvador JesuCristo!


Sister Martha Cummings, SC
(formerly Sister James Carmita, SC)

DIED
February 16, 2014

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Vigil Service: 6:30 PM

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
10:30 AM

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MINISTRIES

Bronx
• St. Raymond Elementary 1958–61, Teacher, Gr. 3,1
• St. Barnabas Elementary
1966–71, Teacher, Gr. 8
1971–79, Assist. Principal

Manhattan
• Sacred Heart
1961–66, Teacher, Gr. 5–7
• Hospital for Special Surgery
1980-81, Nurse
• Bellevue Hospital
1983–96, Reg. Nurse

Yonkers
• St. Joseph Nursing Home
1996, Admin. Intern

• Convent of Mary the Queen
1996–98, Assist. Administrator
1998–2004, Administrtor

Blauvelt, NY
• St. Martin DePorres Infirmary
2004–14, Administrator

images/Sister-Martha-Cummings.jpgSister Martha
Cummings, SC

Sister Martha Cummings (Sister James Carmita) was born May 9, 1937 in New York City. She was one of two daughters of Harry and Madeline Bajart Cummings. Martha attended Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School and Blessed Sacrament High School in Manhattan. She entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1955. Sister Martha earned a BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and an MA in American History from Manhattan College. She later earned her RN degree from Edna McConnell Clark School of Nursing, NYC, and an MPA in Health Administration from Long Island University. Sister Martha held NYS Certification in elementary education and nursing.

Sister began her ministry in education in 1958 at Saint Raymond School, Bronx. From there she went to Sacred Heart School, Manhattan, and then Saint Barnabas, Bronx, as a teacher and then Assistant Principal, a position she held for eight years. In 1979, Sister Martha returned to full-time study to become a practical nurse. She worked at Hospital for Special Surgery for one year and returned to nursing school to receive her diploma as an RN in 1983.

Sister Martha began work as a registered nurse at Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan, serving there for thirteen years. In 1996, Sister Martha began an eight-year ministry at Convent of Mary the Queen, as Assistant Administrator and then as Administrator. In 2004, she became the Administrator of Saint Martin De Porres Infirmary for the Dominican Sisters in Blauvelt, NY, a position she held until early 2014.

“Sister Martha was a kind and compassionate teacher and nurse. Her students enjoyed her sense of humor and her quick wit....”

Sister Martha was a kind and compassionate teacher and nurse. Her students enjoyed her sense of humor and her quick wit, as well as her ability to make Social Studies interesting and informative. The mother of one of her patients wrote of her, "Sister Martha attended my son with such dedication and tenderness … We are deeply grateful for her care." Sister's care and concern extended to the sisters at Convent of Mary the Queen and Saint Martin De Porres Infirmary. In both convents, Sister Martha made the sisters feel comfortable and at home.

Sister Martha's goal in caring for the elder sisters was "to assist the sister-residents to attain a maximum quality of life which will enable them to carry out their ministry of prayer and service." Her presence, peacefulness, sense of humor and friendly demeanor enabled her to carry out this goal.

Remember us, Sister Martha, as you enjoy the loving presence of your God whom you served so well. Rest in peace.


Sister Constance Horan, SC
(formerly Sister Constance Marie, SC)

DIED
January 20, 2014

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers
Thursday, January 23, 2:00 – 8:00 pm
Prayer Service
6:30 pm

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Friday, January 24
10:00 am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph's Cemetery,
Yonkers, New York

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MINISTRIES

Bronx
• Our Lady of Angels
1933–34, Teacher, Gr. 8
• St. Raymond Elementary
1934–38, Teacher, Gr. 8
Westchester
• Seton Academy, Yonkers
1938–39, Teacher, Gr. 7, 8
• Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale
1943–49, Teacher, History

Manhattan
• Our Lady of Good Counsel
1939–43, Teacher, Gr. 8 Boys Dept.
• Cathedral HS
1954–61, Teacher, History, Home Ec.
• Grace Institute
1961–76, Teacher, Fashion Merch.
1976–2000, Adult Ed, Clothing Constr. & Tailoring
2000–03, Volunteer

Brooklyn
• Bishop McDonnell HS
1949–54, Teacher, History
Home Ec.

images/Sr-Constance-Horan-2014.jpgSister Constance
Horan, SC

Sister Constance Horan (Sister Constance Marie) was born on May 17, 1913 in New York City, the eldest of three daughters and one son born to James and Catharine Whalen Horan. She attended Our Lady of Mercy School, Bronx, and Cathedral Elementary and High School, Manhattan. She completed her freshman year at the College of Mount Saint Vincent before entering the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1932. She earned a BA in History at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in History from Fordham University, and an MA in Home Economics from New York University.

Sister Constance was a faithful and innovative educator. She taught seventh and eighth grades at Our Lady of Angels and Saint Raymond School in the Bronx; Seton Academy, Yonkers; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Manhattan and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale. In 1949 she helped open the Home Economics Department at Bishop McDonnell High School, Brooklyn and at Cathedral High School. In 1961 she began her legendary years of service at Grace Institute. She served in many departments of adult education: fashion merchandising, clothing construction and tailoring. Her remarkable talents were especially recognized in the day and evening sessions of the Merchandising Department where she supported many immigrants in their choice of career. Her students praised her for quiet expertise, understanding and encouragement. She ministered at Grace Institute until 2003 when she retired to the Convent of Mary the Queen in Yonkers.

“Sister Constance was a
faithful and innovative
educator....Her students
praised her for quiet
expertise, understanding
and encouragement.”

Sister Constance was chairperson of the Sisters of Charity Habit Committee in the years following Vatican Council II, when each Sister was free to choose her own mode of dress. Sister Constance made arrangements with David Chrystal Manufacturers to design outfits for those who chose to dress in simple, contemporary style. Her patience and thoroughness were respected and she remembers this as "a most unique experience."

Welcome home, Sister Constance. You are a good and faithful servant who will be embraced by your God and all your loved ones.


Sister Claire Marian Barton, SC

DIED
January 17, 2014

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers, NY
Monday, January 20, 2014
2:00 – 8:00 pm
Prayer Service
6:30 pm

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
10 a.m.

BURIAL
Saint Joseph's Cemetery,
Yonkers, New York

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MINISTRIES

Yonkers
• St. Joseph's Hospital
1948–50, Maternity–Delivery Room Nurse

Manhattan
• St. Vincent's Hospital
1950–64, Nursing Supervisor

Staten Island
• St. Vincent's Medical Center
1964–73, Assist. Nursing Supervisor, Nursing Supervisor, Home Care Coordinator
1973–82, Nursing Supervisor OB-GYN

Bayley Seton Hospital
1982–98, Chaplain

Sisters of Charity Medical Centers, Bayley Seton Campus
1998–2001, Volunteer Chaplain
2001–04, Volunteer, Pastoral Care

images/Sr.-Barton-2014.jpgSister Claire Marian
Barton, SC

Sister Claire Marian Barton (Helene) was born on September 12, 1925 in New Dorp, Staten Island, one of three children born to Samuel and Helen Cole Barton. Helene attended Our Lady Queen of Peace and Saint Louis Academy Elementary Schools and Notre Dame Academy High School in Staten Island before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on February 1, 1947. Sister Claire received her RN in Nursing from Saint Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing and a BS in Nursing from Saint John's University.

Sister Claire's entire ministry was spent in hospitals managed and staffed by the Congregation. Her first assignment was to Saint Joseph Hospital in Yonkers where she worked in the maternity-delivery room. In 1950 she was assigned to Saint Vincent's Hospital, Manhattan, where she remained until 1964 serving in administrative roles. In 1964, Sister Claire began her many years of ministry on Staten Island. In Saint Vincent's Hospital she filled many positions including Nursing Supervisor, Coordinator of Home Care, and Administrator of Obstetrics and GYN. In 1982 Sister Claire became Chaplain at Bayley-Seton Hospital, previously the United States Public Health Hospital. She remained in this position until 1998 and then continued her service as a volunteer until 2004 when she retired to Mount Saint Vincent Convent. At the time of her retirement Sister Claire received the following honor… "As a supervisor, administrator, chaplain and volunteer, Sister Claire has brought the mission of the Sisters of Charity of New York to each of her assignments. Her dedicated service to patients, their families and staff have been an inspiration for us all." In 2010 when she moved to the Convent of Mary the Queen where she became known for her quiet, prayerful interest in the Sisters.

“Her dedicated service to patients, their families and staff have been an inspiration for us all.”

We rejoice with Sister Claire Marian now as she meets her God face to face and enjoys eternal peace and happiness with the God whom she served so devotedly as a Sister of Charity.

2013

Sister Mary Whamond, SC
(formerly Sister Mary de Lourdes, SC)

DIED
December 12, 2013
Age: 94

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Monday, December 16
2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Vigil Service at 6:30 p.m.

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Tuesday, December 17
10 a.m.

BURIAL
Saint Joseph's Cemetery

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MINISTRIES

Brooklyn
•Visitation Monastery
1943–80, Prayer, Reparation
and Education

Bronx
•Our Lady of Angels
1980–84, Teacher Gr. 5,
Secretary
•St. Barnabas H.S.
1990–91, Secretary
•Mount Saint Vincent
Convent
1991–97, Asst. to Administrator

Rye
•Resurrection
1984–90, Admin. Asst.

images/Sr-Mary-Whamond-2013.jpgSister Mary
Whamond, SC

Sister Mary Whamond (Sister Mary de Lourdes) was born on November 3, 1919 in Brooklyn, New York, one of four daughters and three sons of William and Helen Murray Whamond. Mary attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Bishop McDonnell High School, and Saint Joseph College, Brooklyn. She entered the Order of the Visitation on July 16, 1943. Sister Mary received an MS in Religious Education from Fordham University and took further theology courses at the Pastoral Institute in Douglaston.

Sister Mary served in the ministry of education during her years in the Order of the Visitation where she was a teacher and administrator in the Visitation Academy. In the 1960s she was called upon by her congregation to serve first as the Assistant Superior and then the Superior of the Monastery. In 1980, Sister Mary transferred to the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul of New York. Her first mission as a Sister of Charity was to Our Lady of Angels School where she taught the fifth grade and then became the school secretary the following year. She then went to Resurrection School in Rye where she served as the Administrative Assistant. While working full time in school, Sister Mary was also one of the directors of the temporary professed sisters for the Congregation. In 1990, she went to Saint Barnabas High School where she was school secretary for one year. Following her time in education, Sister Mary went to Mount Saint Vincent Convent where she served as the Assistant to the Administrator for many years. When Sister Mary retired she continued using her many talents for the service of others through various volunteer ministries.

“In every experience of her life, Sister Mary reflected joy, humor, and great kindness. She was always ready and willing to help others.”

In every experience of her life, Sister Mary reflected joy, humor, and great kindness. She was always ready and willing to help others. She enjoyed sewing during her leisure time and was an avid Mets fan. Mary was enthusiastic about her life and her God. She enjoyed her family, her friends, and her religious life. Her nieces and nephew were also very devoted to her, and they enjoyed many family gatherings together. Now, as she stands before her loving God whom she served so well, she enjoys the blessings and happiness of her deserved reward. Rest in peace, Sister Mary, and remember us with love, as we will remember you.


Sister Regina Catherine Gorga, SC

DIED
December 1, 2013
Age: 93

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Tuesday, December 3
2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Vigil Service at 6:30 p.m.

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Wednesday, December 4
at 10 a.m.

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery

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MINISTRIES

Yonkers
•St. Mary
1941–42, Teacher, Gr. 2

Manhattan
•St. Francis Xavier
1943–44, Teacher, Gr. 1
•St. Patrick
1955–57, Teacher, Gr. 1
•Holy Name of Jesus
1960–66, Teacher, Gr. 1–3

Staten Island
•Blessed Sacrament
1944–55, Teacher, Gr. 1

Queens
•St. Gabriel
1957–60, Teacher, Gr. 1

Shrub Oak
•St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
1966–86, Teacher, Gr. 3, 4
1986–95, Supervisory & Clerical Duties
1995–96, Volunteer Services

images/Sr-Regina-Catherine-Gorga-2013.jpgSister Regina Catherine
Gorga, SC

Sister Regina Catherine Gorga (Helen) was born on January 12, 1920 in New York City, one of three daughters and three sons of Angelo and Carmela Guinella Gorga. Helen attended Blessed Sacrament School and Evander Childs High School in the Bronx. She attended Grace Institute before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on February 2, 1941. Sister Regina Catherine received her BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and later earned New York State certification in the Montessori method of education.

She began her ministry in 1941 as a second grade teacher in Saint Mary School, Yonkers. She also taught in Saint Francis Xavier School, Saint Patrick School, and Holy Name of Jesus School in Manhattan; Blessed Sacrament School in Staten Island, and Saint Gabriel School in Queens. In 1966 Sister Regina Catherine went to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Shrub Oak where she remained for thirty years. An expert in elementary education, she taught third and fourth grades. From 1986 to 1995, she served the school in supervisory and clerical capacities. From 1995 to 1996 Sister Regina Catherine offered her volunteer services to the school and parish. When Sister Regina Catherine celebrated her Golden Jubilee on February 1, 1991, the entire school population attended a Mass of Thanksgiving wherein the students sang Jubilate in Latin and the Congregation responded with resounding applause.

“Sister Regina Catherine was also a special woman who gave of herself constantly in every situation.”

Sister Regina Catherine "retired" in 1996 to Mount Saint Vincent Convent where her friendliness and helpfulness contributed to the spirit of the convent. In 2002 she joined the Sisters at the Convent of Mary the Queen. The hymn, A Very Special Woman, dedicated to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, was one of her favorite hymns. Sister Regina Catherine was also a special woman who gave of herself constantly in every situation. Welcome home, good and faithful servant. Our God and those who have gone before you welcome you!


Sister Marian C. Delaney, SC
(formerly Sister James Miriam, SC)

DIED
November 29, 2013
Age: 79

WAKE
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Thursday, December 5, 2013
3 p.m. - 8 p.m.,
Vigil at 6:30 p.m.

FUNERAL MASS
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Friday, December 6, 2013
10 a.m.

BURIAL
Gate of Heaven Cemetery

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MINISTRIES

Manhattan
•St. Vincent's Hospital
1958–60, Nurse
1960–61, Asst. Head Nurse, Medical Fl.
1970–71, Asst. Head Nurse, Clinic
•Visiting Nurse Service, East Harlem
1968–69, Public Health Nurse
•Columbia Presbyterian Med. Ctr.
1969–70, Midwifery Student
•Manhattan House of Detention 1971–72, Head Nurse
•Beth Israel Hospital
1972–73, Public Health Nurse
•Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital
1973–74, Nurse, Surgical Unit
•St. Vincent Hospital and Med. Ctr.
1995–99, Nurse, Home Care Program
1995–2008, Volunteer Services

Harrison
•St. Vincent Hospital
1961–64, Supervisor, Psychiatric

Nanuet
•St. Agatha Home
1964–68, Health Coordinator

images/Sr-Marian-Delaney-2013.jpgSister Marian C.
Delaney, SC

Sister Marian C. Delaney (Sister James Marian) was born in New York City on May 13, 1934, one of four daughters and two sons born to James and Marian Casey Delaney. Marian attended Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale and Saint Gabriel High School in New Rochelle before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1952. Sister earned an RN in Nursing from Saint Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing, a BSED in Nursing from Hunter College, and an MA in Community Nursing Service Administration from Columbia University. She later earned NYS permanent certification as a Public Health Nurse.

Sister Marian's active ministry was all in the field of nursing, where she was involved in a wide variety of roles. Her first mission was as an operating room nurse at Saint Vincent's Hospital, Manhattan. From there she went to Saint Vincent Hospital, Westchester, where she was the head nurse on the medical floor. She spent four years at Saint Agatha Home, Nanuet, as the Health Coordinator; worked as a visiting nurse in East Harlem; and then at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Manhattan, as a midwifery student. She then returned to Saint Vincent Medical Center, Manhattan, and in 1971 became the head nurse at the Manhattan House of Detention. Sister Marian worked as a public health nurse in Beth Israel Hospital and then a nurse in the surgical unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and Cancer Center. Sister Marian continued to work at Sloan Kettering as the discharge-planning coordinator for the next fifteen years. From 1990 until her "retirement" in 1995, Sister Marian worked in the Home Care Program at Saint Vincent Medical Center but still continued her service as a volunteer in various roles until 2008. She retired to the Convent of Mount Saint Vincent, where, because her ability to walk became limited, she drove her "scooter" to get around.

“Sister Marian will be remembered for her kindness and compassion as well as for the excellent nursing care she provided for so many throughout her lifetime.”

Sister Marian will be remembered for her kindness and compassion as well as for the excellent nursing care she provided for so many throughout her lifetime. We rejoice with her as she enters into the joy and glory of her God, who will greet her with the loving words, "Well done, good and faithful servant." Rest in eternal peace, Sister Marian.


Sister Ruth Marion McCullough, SC

DIED
Tuesday,Nov. 26, 2013
Age: 97

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Friday, November 29th
2:30-8:00 PM
Vigil Service at 6:30 PM

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen, Saturday, November 30th,
2013 at 9:30 AM

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery

                  ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Bronx
•Visitation
1938–1940, Teacher, Gr. 2

Kingston, NY
•St. Mary
1940–42, Teacher, Gr. 1

Manhattan
•St. Vincent's Hospital
1942–60, Accounting
1960–67, Comptroller
•Archdiocese of New York
Office of Supervisor of School
1967–69, Financial Supervisor
•Archdiocese of New York
1969–89, Director, Field Unit Budget Office
1989–90, Consultant

Sister Ruth Marion McCullough (Ruth) was born on September 17, 1916 in New York City, one of two daughters and one son born to Anthony and Frances Sheehan McCullough. Ruth attended Saint Paul the Apostle School, Cathedral High School, and Grace Institute Business School in Manhattan before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on February 2, 1938. Sister Ruth Marion received her BA in Accounting from Saint John University and later earned New York State permanent certification in Accounting.

Education was Sister Ruth's first ministry. After four years at Visitation School in the Bronx and Saint Mary School in Kingston, she was missioned to Saint Vincent Hospital in Manhattan in 1942 where she worked in the Accounting Department. In 1960 she was appointed Comptroller of Saint Vincent Hospital and served in this position until 1967. She then worked for the Archdiocese of New York as Financial Supervisor in the Office of Superintendent of Schools until 1969 when she became Director of the Field Unit Budget Office for the Archdiocese. She held this position until 1989 when she became an Archdiocesan Financial Consultant. Her business and organizational talents were greatly appreciated in the Archdiocesan offices in which she served, as well as by the many administrators who profited by her services.

“Her business and organizational talents were greatly appreciated in the Archdiocesan offices in which she served...”

Sister Ruth Marion was deeply interested in the adaptations of religious life made in response to the Second Vatican Council. She explored the transitions in depth and subsequently published her thoughts in a pamphlet titled The Brave Answer. Sister Ruth was respectful and straightforward in her expressions, even when they were dissenting. In 1990 she retired to the Convent of Mary the Queen where she became known for her friendliness and concern for others. Rest in peace, Sister Ruth Marion. Enjoy the love of your God whom you served so well!


Sister Agnes Connolly, SC
(formerly Sister Agnes Miriam, SC)
DIED
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
Age: 95

WAKE
Mount Saint Vincent Convent, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Vigil Service at 6:30 PM

FUNERAL MASS
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception,
Mount Saint Vincent,
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 10:00 AM

BURIAL
Sisters Cemetery at Mount Saint Vincent

                  ~  ~  ~

images/Sr-Agnes-Connolly-2-2013.jpgSister Agnes Connolly, SC

MINISTRIES

Manhattan
•Cathedral High School
1942, Teacher
•St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center
1942–45, Student in Nursing
1946–47, Supervisor, Chemistry Teacher
1947–49, Director, Nursing Service
1949–62, Teacher, Asst. Dir. School of Nursing
•Archdiocese of NY
1987–96, Director for Mission,
Alliance for Catholic Health Care
•NY Foundling Hospital
1996–98, Consultant for Mission

Bronx
•Mount Saint Vincent
1962–68, Director of Postulants
1971–75, Regional Coordinator
1975–79, Regional and Health Coordinator
1979–87, President of the Congregation
•Volunteer, 1998–2009

Yonkers
•St. Joseph Hospital
1968–69, Staff Nurse
1969–71, Head Nurse, Surgical Unit

images/Sr-Agnes-Connolly-2013.jpgSister Agnes Connolly, SC

Sister Agnes Connolly (Sister Agnes Miriam) was born on July 13, 1918 in Manhattan. She was one of three daughters and one son born to Patrick and Mary McCabe Connolly. Agnes attended Saint Francis de Sales School and Cathedral High School. After graduating from the College of Mount Saint Vincent as a Chemistry major, she entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 7, 1940.

Sister Agnes' first mission was to teach at Cathedral High School, but within months she was sent to Saint Vincent Hospital School of Nursing for her RN, fullfilling her dream to become a nurse. Sister Agnes also earned an MS in Administration from New York University, and an MS in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College in New Rochelle. She served at Saint Vincent Hospital in a variety of positions, including that of Associate Director of the School of Nursing until 1962.

At a time of great change in the Church, on the eve of Vatican II, the Congregation called upon Sister Agnes to serve in the novitiate. As Director of Postulants from 1962 to 1968, her personal warmth, sense of humor, and practical spiritual wisdom inspired the young women entering religious life and helped renew the Sisters of Charity formation program. In 1968 she was missioned to Saint Joseph Hospital, Yonkers, where she was Head Nurse. In 1971 the congregation called again, electing her twice as Regional Coordinator. During this period she also served as Health Coordinator until, in 1979, she was elected to succeed Sister Margaret Dowling as President of the Congregation.

“Throughout her life Sister
Agnes inspired all with her
knowledge, professionalism
and dedication in caring
for the sick and those who
cared for them. As a sister
in leadership, she was
innovative, decisive
and inspirational.”

Her two terms as President saw her caring for each individual sister, the Congregation's institutions, and new ventures with her characteristic compassion, courage, and intelligence. Completing two terms as president in 1987 did not mean retirement for Sister Agnes—she became Director for Mission Effectiveness for the Alliance of Catholic Health and Human Services for the Archdiocese of New York. Sister Agnes continually shared her talents and experiences by serving on the board of trustees of several institutions, including Covenant House. As she moved into retirement, she served at the Convent of Mary the Queen as a volunteer spending time with our sisters and being a presence to them.

Throughout her life Sister Agnes inspired all with her knowledge, professionalism and dedication in caring for the sick and those who cared for them. As a sister in leadership, she was innovative, decisive and inspirational. The list of those she inspired and helped is long and varied. Take your rest, Sister Agnes, with the God you served so very well.


Sister Anne T. Golden, SC
(formerly Sister Marian Peter, SC)
DIED
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Age: 91

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Sunday, November 3, 2013
2:30 - 8 p.m.
Vigil at 6:30 p.m.

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Monday, November 4, 2013
9:30 a.m.

BURIAL
St. Joseph's Cemetery

      ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Manhattan
•Our Lady of Good Counsel
1943–44, Teacher, Gr. 2
• St. Vincent Hospital
1967–71, Staff
•Lord & Taylor, NY
1971–72, Head Nurse, Med. Dept.
•Health Conservation Dept., Metropolitan Life
1972–73, Visiting Nurse Staff
•Cabrini Health Care Center
1973–76, Head Nurse
•Epiphany
1984–85, CCD Teacher

Westchester
•St. Joseph Hospital, Yonkers
1947–51, R.N., OR Supervisor
•Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers
1961–63, Staff Nurse
•St. Vincent Hospital, Harrison
1963–67, Head Nurse, St. Angela Hall

Brooklyn
• Holy Family Hospital
1951–58, Head Nurse Hall 3
•St. Joseph Orphanage
1959–60, Group Mother

Queens
•St. Monica, Jamaica
1958–59, Teacher, Gr. 2

Bronx
•Mt. St. Vincent Convent
1960–61, Infirmarian

images/Sr-Anne-T-Golden-2013.jpgSister Anne T. Golden, SC

Sister Anne T. Golden (Sister Marian Peter) was born on June 26, 1922 in the Bronx. She was one of three daughters and one son born to Peter and Anne McDonald Golden. Anne attended Our Lady of Mercy School and Cathedral High School in Manhattan. She entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on February 2, 1942 and received the name Sister Marian Peter. She earned her BSN in Nursing from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MA in Nursing Education from New York University.

Sister Anne's first ministry was in the field of education; she taught second grade at Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Manhattan. She then served as a nurse in Saint Joseph Hospital, Yonkers, Holy Family Hospital, Brooklyn, Saint Vincent Hospital Harrison and Saint Vincent Hospital, Manhattan. She also was the infirmarian at Mount Saint Vincent Convent and staff nurse at the Convent of Mary the Queen. She served as Head Nurse in the Medical Department of Lord and Taylor Department Store in Manhattan; worked in the Health Conservation Department of Metropolitan Life and in the Cabrini Health Care Center. At Cabrini she worked with homeless women who were waiting placement in nursing homes or alcoholic rehabilitation centers. In this position she often reiterated the great need for the compassion she felt as she witnessed their suffering.

“At Cabrini she worked with homeless women.... In this position she often reiterated the great need for the compassion she felt as she witnessed their suffering.”

Two other siblings of Sister Anne entered religious life. Her brother, Thomas, was a Maryknoll priest and her sister, Peg, (Sister Mary Rose) became a Sister of Divine Compassion. We rejoice with Sister Anne now as she enters the peace and joy of the kingdom and is reunited with her family and all of the Sisters of Charity who have gone before her. Be at peace!


Sister Mary Elizabeth Kenny, SC
(formerly Sister Thomas Maureen, SC)
DIED
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Age: 86

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Thursday, August 29, 2013
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Vigil Service at 6:30 PM

FUNERAL MASS
Friday, August 30th, 10:30 AM, Convent of Mary the Queen

BURIAL
Mount Saint Vincent
at a later date.

                  ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Nanuet
•St. Agatha Home
1948–49, Teacher, Gr.7

Brooklyn
•St. Charles Borromeo
1949–53, Teacher, Gr. 1
•Bishop McDonnell H.S.
1962–64, Teacher, Gr. 10, 11

Manhattan
•St. John the Evengelist
1953–57, Teacher, Gr. 4, 6
•Blessed Sacrament H.S
1964–66, Teacher, 11, 12, Dept. Chair
•Cathedral H.S
1966–73, Teacher, Gr. 11, 12, Dept. Chair

Bronx
•St. Barnabas
1957–62, Teacher, Gr. 6, 7
•St. Barnabas H.S.
1976–87, Admin. Assistant
•College of Mount Saint Vincent
1994–2004, PT Health Services (Volunteer)
•Office of New Membership, Mount Saint Vincnet
1999–2005, PT Volunteer Services

Westchester
•St. Gabriel H.S., New Rochelle
1973–76, Dept. Chair
•St. Peter's
1996–2000, Volunteer Services
•Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers
1987–91, Admin. Assistant

Staten Island
•St. Peter H.S
1991–94, Teacher, Librarian (ES)

 

Sr-mary-Elizabeth-Kenny-2013Sister Mary Elizabeth
Kenny, SC

Sister Mary Elizabeth Kenny, SC, (Sister Thomas Maureen) was born on January 16, 1927 in New York City. She was the only child of Thomas and Delia Doyle Kenny. Mary Elizabeth attended Saint Jerome School in the Bronx and Cathedral High School in Manhattan. She entered the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1946 and was given the name Sister Thomas Maureen. She earned a BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and a Masters in American History from Fordham University, as well as New York State permanent certification in Social Studies.

“Sister Mary Elizabeth was a master teacher with a special gift for relating to students on all levels. She inspired them with a love for knowledge and achievement.”

Her first mission assignment was teaching seventh grade at Saint Agatha Home in Nanuet. She then taught at Saint Charles Borromeo, Brooklyn, Saint John Evangelist, Manhattan, and Saint Barnabas, Bronx. In 1962 Sister Mary Elizabeth was assigned to Bishop McDonnell High School in Brooklyn and then to Blessed Sacrament High School in Manhattan where she became chair of the History Department. Her teaching and organizational abilities were acknowledged as she continued to serve as History Department Chairperson at Cathedral High School, Manhattan, Saint Gabriel High School in New Rochelle, and Saint Barnabas High School in the Bronx. Sister Mary Elizabeth was a master teacher with a special gift for relating to students on all levels. She inspired them with a love for knowledge and achievement. She saw possibilities in each, and she followed their growth from year to year. In 1987 she became an administrative assistant at the Convent of Mary the Queen. In this position she showed the same love and belief in the Sisters as she had with her students. Upon her retirement she volunteered at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and the Office of New Membership where she brought the expertise for which she had become famous.

Rest in peace, Mary Elizabeth, for you served with lighthearted love and joy.


Sister Margaret Rose Curry, SC
(formerly Sister Elizabeth Marietta, SC)
DIED
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Age: 95  

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Thursday, August 15th,
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Vigil Service at 6:30 PM

FUNERAL MASS
Friday, August 16th, 10:30 AM, Convent of Mary the Queen

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery, Yonkers, NY

                    ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Manhattan
•St. Francis Xavier
1939–42, Teacher, Gr. 6
•Incarnation
1942–44, Teacher, Gr. 7
•St. Brigid
1956–62, Teacher, Gr. 7

Bahamas
•St. Francis, Nassau
1944–50, Teacher, Gr. 7
1954–56, Teacher, Headmistress St. Anslem, Fox Hill

Bronx
•St. Gabriel
1950–54, Teacher, Gr. 4
•Blessed Sacrament
1962–67, Teacher, Gr. 8

Westchester
•St. John the Evangelist, White Plains
1967–71, Teacher, Gr. 6
•New Rochelle Hospital
1971–76, Practical Nurse
•United Home for Aged Hebrews, New Rochelle
1976–79, Practical Nurse
•Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers
1979–84, Practical Nurse
1985–86, Practical Nurse, Part-time
•St. Gabriel Parish,
New Rochelle
1984–85, Pastoral Ministry
1986–1990, Volunteer,
Ministry to Homebound

Nanuet
•St. Patrick Villa
1991–96, Practical Nurse

images/Sister-Joanne-Ward-2013.jpgSister Margaret Rose
Curry, SC

Sister Margaret Rose Curry (Sister Elizabeth Marietta) was born on May 10, 1918 in New Rochelle, New York. Margaret was one of thirteen children of Lackey and Elizabeth Reilly Curry. She attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary School and Saint Gabriel High School in New Rochelle. She entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1937. As a novice, she was given the name Sister Elizabeth Marietta. She earned a degree in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Her first missions were Saint Francis Xavier and Incarnation in Manhattan where she taught the upper grades. In 1944 she volunteered for mission in the Bahama Islands. Here, she continued her education ministry as she served as teacher at Saint Francis Xavier as well as head mistress at Saint Anselm, Fox Hill. Led by her heart, she was a frequent visitor to the Lazaretto, a leper colony in Nassau, where her desire for nursing flowered. When she returned to the states, she taught at Saint Gabriel and Blessed Sacrament Schools in the Bronx, Saint Brigid School in Manhattan and Saint John School in White Plains. In 1971, Sister Margaret Rose became a licensed practical nurse. In this capacity she served in the New Rochelle Hospital Extended Care Facility and the United Home for Aged Hebrews in New Rochelle. She then ministered at the Convent of Mary the Queen and Saint Patrick's Villa.

“Sister Margaret Rose...will be remembered with love by those whose lives she touched, in the classroom, hospital and in the adventures of daily life.”

Sister Margaret Rose retired in 1996 to Mount Saint Vincent Convent where she continued to help the Sisters in any way she could. Sister Margaret Rose was a nurse to her fingertips and will be remembered with love by those whose lives she touched, in the classroom, hospital and in the adventures of daily life. From the many children she taught, to the various persons she cared for in the Bahamian leper colony, to the elderly whom she nursed when back in the U.S., the memories of Sister Margaret Rose will always reflect her good and gentle ways. Take your rest now, Sister Margaret. Join your many brothers and sisters in heaven as you enjoy the presence of your God, whom you served so well.


Sister Mary Joanne Ward, SC

DIED
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Age: 85

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Sunday, July 14, 2 p.m.
Community Prayer Service
6:30 p.m.

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Monday, July 15
10:00 a.m.

                    ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Brooklyn
•St. Joseph Hall
1947-52, Teacher, Gr. 3–5,7–8
•St. Joseph Hall
1952-53, Group Mother, Gr. 7–8 Girls
St. Joseph Children Services
1971–75,Social Worker

Nanuet
•St. Agatha Home
1953–56, Group Mother, Gr. 7–8 Boys
•St. Agatha Home
1956–59, Work/Study Prog. Soc. Wrk
•St. Agatha Home
1959–60, Social Worker
•St. Agatha Home
1960–62, Dir. Grp. Living Dept.
•St. Agatha Home
1962–64, Assist. Adminstrator
•St. Agatha Home
1964–68, Administrator

Bronx
•Sisters of Charity Ctr.
1968–73, Regional Superior

Manhattan
•NY Eye & Ear Infirmary
1975–98, Dir., Social Serv.
•12th St., NYC
1998–2008, Social Worker

Queens
•Rego Park, Queens
2008–11, Social Worker

images/Sister-Joanne-Ward-2013.jpgSister Mary Joanne
Ward, SC

Sister Mary Joanne Ward (Mary Ellen) was born in New York City on July 14, 1927, one of two daughters and two sons of John and Hannah Kelly Ward. She attended Incarnation School and Cathedral High School before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1945. Sister Joanne earned a BS in Latin from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MA in Social Work from Fordham University.

Sister Joanne began her life of ministry as a teacher at Saint Joseph's Hall, Brooklyn. In 1953 she was assigned to Saint Agatha Home, Nanuet, where she served as group mother, social worker, Director of the Group Living Department, Assistant Administrator and Administrator. She was known as a caring, person-centered leader who encouraged each Sister to grow personally and professionally.

During the post-Vatican II years, Sister Joanne brought her practical wisdom to the new Congregational role of Regional Superior/ Coordinator, 1968–1975. She returned to social work at Saint Joseph Childrens' Services, Brooklyn, and as Director of Social Service at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Manhattan, where she touched many lives.

“Sister Joanne was open to ideas that stretched her mind and spirit...woman of balance, grace, buoyant hope, and sisterly charity...”

A life-long learner, Sister Joanne was open to ideas that stretched her mind and spirit; her vision of God, religions, world and universe kept expanding. Sister Joanne, woman of balance, grace, buoyant hope, and sisterly charity, we bless you as you go forth to meet the God whose people you served so well as a Sister of Charity.


Sister Margaret Mary Murphy, SC

DIED
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Age: 77

WAKE
Riverdale on Hudson Funeral Home
6110 Riverdale Ave.,
Bronx, NY 10471

Friday, July 12, 2013
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m.

MASS
Immaculate Conception Chapel
Mount Saint Vincent
Saturday, July 13, 2013
10:00 a.m.

Cremains to be interred in Mount Saint Vincent

                    ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Manhattan
•Epiphany School
1957–61, Teacher, Gr. 2,7
•Visiting Nurse Service
1976–80, Public Health Nurse
•St. Vincent Comm. Medicine
1982–83, Public Health Nurse

Yonkers
•St. Mary School
1961–63, Teacher, Gr. 8

Bronx
•Cardinal Spellman HS
1963–72, Teacher, Gr. 9–12
•Montefeore Hospital
1974–76, Nurse, Loeb Center

Staten Island
•Bayley Seton Hospital
1983–93, Nurse Practitioner/Gerontology
•Bayley Seton Hospital
1993–2002, Nurse Practitioner/ Dir. Gerontology
•St. Vincents Cath. Med. Ctrs.
2002–07, Nurse Practitioner/ Dir. Gerontology
•Richmond Univ. Med. Ctr.
2007–2013, Nurse Practitioner/AIDS–HIV Specialist

 

images/Margaret-Murphy-2013.jpgSister Margaret Mary
Murphy, SC

Margaret Mary Murphy was born August 15, 1935 in New York. She was the only daughter among three sons born to Kathleen Murphy and Denis Murphy. She attended Saint Margaret Mary Elementary School in the Bronx, and Cathedral High School in Manhattan. Margaret Mary entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1954, and on March 10, 1955 received the religious name of Sister Marian Denis. She earned a BA in Mathematics from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MA in Mathematics from Manhattan College.

Education was Sister Margaret's first ministry. She taught at Epiphany School, Manhattan, Saint Mary School in Yonkers, and Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx. She enjoyed teaching the very young in elementary school and challenging youth in high school. She also treasured the relationships these ministries fostered.

In 1972 Margaret felt a call to serve in the health care profession. She completed a master's degree in nursing from Pace University. She served on the nursing staff of Montefiore Hospital and the Visiting Nurse Service of Manhattan. It was as a visiting nurse that she first became involved in the care of the elderly. This so captured her interest that she completed a master's degree from Columbia University in primary care for older adults. In 1983 she worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Bayley Seton Hospital on Staten Island where, with Sister Eileen Judge, she cofounded the Gerontology Center. Sister Margaret was invited by the Richard Bayley Clinic of St. Vincent Hospital, Staten Island, to provide primary care to people with HIV/AIDS who also had multiple complex illnesses. When Bayley Seton Hospital closed the Gerontology Department in 2002, she continued and enlarged this ministry at Saint Vincents Catholic Medical Centers until its closure in 2007 and then at Richmond University Medical Center. Margaret was also a vital member of the Seton Center #3 community at Washington Square. With them she worked tirelessly for an end to human trafficking as well as other social justice issues.

“Sister Margaret spoke of the miracles she saw in her work with the elderly and those with HIV. 'Working with them," she wrote, "is a daily lesson in courage and hope.'”

Sister Margaret spoke of the miracles she saw in her work with the elderly and those with HIV. "Working with them," she wrote, "is a daily lesson in courage and hope." Thank you, Margaret, for the courage and hope of your life. You cared for God's people, whether in a classroom, hospital, or home. Now, united with your brothers Ned and Tim, enjoy the presence of the Lord whom you served so well.


Sister Mary Anne Cronin, SC
(formerly Sister Maureen Timothy, SC)

DIED
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Age: 77            

WAKE
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Convent of Mary the Queen
From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m.

MASS
Monday, July at 9:30 a.m., Convent of Mary the Queen

BURIAL
Gate of Heaven Cemetery,
Hawthorne, New York

                    ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Staten Island
•Blessed Sacrament
1956–61, Teacher, Gr. 2

Manhattan
•Sacred Heart
1961–65, Teacher, Gr. 1, 2
•St. Francis Xavier
1967–70, Teacher, Gr. 5
•St. Vincent Medical Center
1986–95, Internal Auditor

Bronx
•SS Peter and Paul
1965–67, Teacher, Gr. 3
•Cardinal Hayes HS
1970–73, Teacher, Accg., Rel.
•Sisters of Charity Center
1971–80, Congregation Treasurer
•St. Patrick Home for the Aged
1982–83, Administrative Intern
•St. Patrick Home for the Aged
1983–86, Administration

New Jersey
•Society of African Missions, Tenafly
2000–03, Finance Office

images/Mary-Anne-Cronin-2013.jpgSister Mary Anne
Cronin, SC

Sister Mary Anne Cronin (Sister Maureen Timothy) was born on July 20, 1935 in New York City. She was one of four daughters born to Timothy and Gunda Bohrer Cronin. Mary Anne attended Saint Teresa School in Woodside and, then, Cathedral High School. She entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1953. Sister Timothy earned her BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and an MBA in Finance Management from Manhattan College. She later earned NYS Permanent Certification in Nursing Home Administration.

Sister Mary Anne began her ministry service in the field of education. Sister taught at Blessed Sacrament School, Staten Island; Sacred Heart and Saint Francis Xavier in Manhattan, and Saints Peter and Paul in the Bronx. She then taught Accounting and Religion at Cardinal Hayes High School. From 1971 through 1980, Sister Mary Anne served as the Congregation Treasurer, and during these difficult years she did an excellent job for the Community and for each of the Sisters. Following this, Sister served as an Administrative Intern at Saint Patrick Home for the Aged in the Bronx. In 1986 she became an Internal Auditor for Saint Vincent Medical Center in Manhattan.

“In 2003, she decided to retire from active ministry, but continued her ministry of prayer, service and witness.”

Poor health plagued Sister Mary Anne for several years, and, though it slowed her down somewhat, she continued to work in the Finance Office at the Society of African Missions. In 2003, she decided to retire from active ministry, but continued her ministry of prayer, service and witness.

We rejoice with her now as she is welcomed into the arms of her loving God whom she served so well as a Sister of Charity. Enjoy eternal peace and happiness, Mary Anne.


Sister Thomas Marie Callahan, SC

DIED
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Age: 92            

WAKE
Sunday, May 5, Convent of Mary the Queen
From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Vigil Service at 6:30 p.m.

MASS
Monday, May 6 at 10 a.m., Convent of Mary the Queen

BURIAL
Burial at Saint Joseph Cemetery

                    ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Westchester
•St. John Elementary School, White Plains
1942–49, Teacher, Gr. 1

•St. Gabriel H.S., New Rochelle
1967–73, Teacher/Librarian

Manhattan
•Ascension School
1949–57, Teacher, Gr. 1, 3
•All Saints H.S.
1959–62, Teacher, Gr. 9, Librarian
•St. Ignatius Loyola School
1983–88, Librarian

Saugerties
•St. Mary of the Snow
1957–59, Teacher, Gr. 3, 5

Bronx
•Cardinal Spellman H.S.
1962–67, Teacher/Assist. Librarian
•St. Barnabas H.S.
1979–83, Librarian

Staten Island
•Blessed Sacrament School
1973–77, Librarian
•St. Peter H.S
1988–91, Librarian

Southampton, Long Island
•Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary School
1977–79, Librarian

images/Sr-Thomas-Marie-Callahan-2013.jpgSister Thomas Marie
Callahan, SC

Sister Thomas Marie Callahan (Anna) was born on October 7, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the youngest of three children and only daughter born to Patrick and Anna Clancy Callahan. Anna attended Saint Mary Star of the Sea School and Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 7, 1940. She received a BA. in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MLS in Library Science from Saint John's University.

While most of Sister Thomas' ministry in education was as a high school librarian, her fondest memories were the years she spent teaching the primary grades at St. John's, White Plains, Ascension in Manhattan, and Saint Mary of the Snow in Saugerties. After serving as librarian in All Saints High School, Manhattan, Cardinal Spellman High School, Bronx, and Saint Gabriel High School, New Rochelle, she returned to elementary school as librarian in Blessed Sacrament School in Staten Island. Sister Thomas also served as librarian in Sacred Hearts School in Southampton, and Saint Ignatius Loyola, Manhattan. Her work at Saint Barnabas High School in the Bronx and Saint Peter's High School on Staten Island was highly respected, for she was a marvelous librarian whose love of literature, reading, and learning was easily conveyed to all of her students. She is fondly remembered for her kindness and gracious demeanor.

“...she was a marvelous librarian whose love of literature, reading, and learning was easily conveyed to all of her students.”

Rest in eternal peace, Sister Thomas, for you have served your God well for many years as a Sister of Charity.


Sister Mary Meyler, SC
(formerly Sister Maria Philomena, SC)

DIED
Friday, March 22, 2013
Age: 79             

Mass celebrated in the Cathedral of Santa Cruz on March 26, 2013.

WAKE
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Assembly Room
Monday, April 1, 2013
9:00 – 10:45 am.

MASS
April 1, 2013
11:00 am in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mount Saint Vincent

BURIAL
Mount Saint Vincent Cemetery

She earned a BS in chemistry from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MS in chemistry from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She earned NYS permanent certification in chemistry, physics and health.

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MINISTRIES

Staten Island
•St. Peter School
1954–57, Teacher, Gr. 3–5

Manhattan
•St. Stephen
1957–61, Teacher, Gr. 5

Westchester County
•St. John High School, White Plains
1960–61, Teacher, Sciences
•St. Gabriel High School, New Rochelle
1968–71, Teacher, Sciences
•St. Peter School, Yonkers
1994–95, Teacher, Science (EE)

Bronx
•Cardinal Spellman High School
1961–66, Teacher, Sciences
•College of Mount Saint Vincent
1966–67, Instructor, Chemistry Lab
•Nativity of Our Blessed Lady
1971–81, Teacher, Gr. 6–8

Orange County
•St. Joseph School, Florida
1981–94, Teacher, Gr. 8

Berkeley, CA
•Corcoran House
1995–96, Sabbatical

Diocese of Quiche, Guatemala
•1997–2003, Coord. Rehab Prg.
•2003–06, Assist. to Admin, Rehab Prg.
•2006–09, Dir. of Aspirants, Formation
•2009–10, Assist. to Dir. of Aspirants
•2010–2012, Assist. to Barbara Ford Cntr

images/Sr-Mary-Meyler-2013.jpgSister Mary Meyler, SC

Sister Mary Meyler was born in New York City on April 26, 1933. She was one of four daughters and three sons born to John and Ann Cowman Meyler. Mary attended Holy Rosary Elementary School, Bronx, and Cathedral High School, Manhattan. She entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1951 and received the name Sister Maria Philomena. She earned a BS in chemistry from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MS in chemistry from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Sister Mary also earned New York State permanent certification in chemistry, physics and health.

Sister Mary's ministry began in elementary education at Saint Peter School, Staten Island, and Saint Stephen School, Manhattan. Sister Mary was then missioned to Saint John High School in White Plains, Cardinal Spellman High School and the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. She returned to elementary education in Nativity of Our Blessed Lady, Bronx, Saint Joseph, Florida, New York, and Saint Peter School in Yonkers.

In 1995, Sister Mary attended a sabbatical program in Berkeley, California. She then volunteered for the Sisters of Charity mission in Guatemala, Central America, where she worked in the Diocese of Quiché. Mary founded a residential program of prevention and rehabilitation in alcoholism for women and men, which included education in occupational skills. The program continues to support many today.

“Sister Mary collaborated with Sisters Barbara Ford (deceased) and Virginia Searing to enable the Guatemalan people to find a spirituality of peace in a country that had its land and spirit destroyed by war.”

Sister Mary collaborated with Sisters Barbara Ford (deceased) and Virginia Searing to enable the Guatemalan people to find a spirituality of peace in a country that had its land and spirit destroyed by war. In addition, she assisted Sister Virginia Searing in the planning, construction, oversight and day-to-day workings of the Barbara Ford Peace Center. As Sister Mary's health weakened, she remained a moral support to Sister Virginia and assisted her in many ways in the programs of the Barbara Ford Peace Center.

We rejoice with Sister Mary now as she enters into the peace, joy and love of her God.


Sister Anne T. Flood, SC
(formerly Sr. Mary Turibius, SC)

DIED
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Age: 86

WAKE
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Assembly Room
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
3:00 – 8:00 pm,
Prayer Service at 6:30 pm

MASS
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception,Mount Saint VincentWednesday,
March 6, 2013
10:00 am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, New York

Sr. Anne received a BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in Religious Education and a PhD in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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MINISTRIES

Manhattan
•Holy Trinity
1946–55, Teacher, Gr. 2,7

Bronx
•St. Gabriel
1955–56, Teacher, Gr. 7

Westchester
•Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale
1956–59, Teacher, Gr. 7
•Resurrection School, Rye
1959-66, Teacher, Gr. 7, 8
•NY Archdiocesan Office
1969–70, Coordinator, Westchester County CCD
•Hastings, Dobbs Ferry,
Elmsford
1970–71, Religious Ed Coordinator

Pennsylvania
•York Catholic, York
1966–69, Teacher, Religion

•WDC Doctoral Program, ICEL Consultant
1971–74, Full Time Student,1981 Ph.D fm Cath.U.

•RIC Student and FT Adult Spiritual Dev,
1974–78, S. Mary, Alexandria, VA, Spiritual Development

•Founder and Dir., Spir Dev., NY Foundling, General Theological Epis. Seminary
1978–91, Adjunct Faculty Office of Field Education

•Fairfield University, CT
1991–95, University Chaplain-Campus Minister

•Sacred Heart Retreat House,
Colorado PT 1991-2008

•Dominican Academy, NY
1995–2004, Dir. Spiritual and Human Development

•Spiritual Direction & Retreat Work
2004–10, Pastoral Care

images/Sister-Anne-T-Flood-fb-2013.jpgSister Anne T. Flood, SC

Sister Anne T. Flood was born on August 26, 1926 in New York City. She was one of six daughters and seven sons born to Patrick and Mary Cullen Flood. Anne attended Saint Barnabas Elementary and High School. On September 8, 1944 she joined her Sister Winifred as a Sister of Charity of New York, and received the name Sister Mary Turibius. She earned her BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in Religious Education and a PhD in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Sister Anne's early ministries were at Holy Trinity School, Manhattan, Saint Gabriel's, Bronx, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Scarsdale, and Resurrection Elementary School in Rye. This was followed by three years at York Catholic High School in Pennsylvania. In 1969, she became Archdiocesan Religious Education Coordinator of Westchester County. In 1974 she joined the Parish Team in Saint Mary's Parish in Alexandria, Virginia. She was also a member of the adjunct faculty in Theological Field Placement of the General Episcopal Theological Seminary. In 1991 Sister Anne became University Chaplain-Campus Minister at Fairfield University in Connecticut. She was also Founder and Director of the Spiritual Development Department of the New York Foundling Hospital. In this position, she worked in the Unwed Mothers Program, organizing religious and spiritual classes at 45 group homes. From 1995 to 2004 she was Director of Spiritual and Human Development at Dominican Academy, Manhattan. She also served in the Pastoral Care Department of Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers of New York.

For many summers, Sister Anne was a revered retreat director at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House in Sedalia, Colorado, where she worked closely with Father Vincent Hovely, SJ, who praised her expertise at directing the thirty-day Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola. In this capacity she touched the lives of countless men and women from all walks of life.

“Like her foundress, of whom she wrote so lovingly, Sister Anne was helper and friend to many.”

In 2010 Sister Anne published Grace and Courage, a collection of the poetic thoughts of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. Like her foundress, of whom she wrote so lovingly, Sister Anne was helper and friend to many. Rest in peace, Sister Anne.


Sister Marie Anne La Russo, SC
(formerly Sr. Miriam Michael, SC)

DIED
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Age: 94

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Tuesday, January 15
2:00 – 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen
Wednesday, January 16
9:30 am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

She earned a BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in Education and Guidance from Fordham University, and NYS permanent certification in Elementary and Special Education.

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MINISTRIES

Manhattan
•Epiphany School
1943, Teacher, Gr. 2
•Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
1943–54, Teacher, Gr. 1
•St. Bernard
1984–90, Teacher, Gr. 3
•St. Bernard
1991–92, Hospital Volunteer

Staten Island
•Blessed Sacrament
1959–64, Teacher, Gr. 5
•Our Lady Star of the Sea
1969–84, Teacher, Gr. 6,7,3

Bronx
Sts. Peter and Paul
1964–65, Teacher, Gr. 7
1965–76, Teacher, Gr. 7,8

images/Sr-Marie-Anne-LaRusso-2013.jpgSister Marie Anne
La Russo, SC

Sister Marie Anne La Russo was born on November 19, 1919 in Manhattan. She was one of four daughters and three sons born to Gerard and Maria Schiraldi La Russo. Marie attended Epiphany School and Cathedral High School, and then worked for four years before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1941. Sister Michael received a BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MA in Education and Guidance from Fordham University. Sister also pursued further study at Manhattan College as well earning NYS permanent certification in Elementary and Special Education.

Sister Michael spent many years teaching elementary school and taught every grade from first to eighth. After professing vows, she spent several months at Epiphany School in Manhattan before being missioned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, also in Manhattan. Sister Michael spent five years at St. Mary's in Wappingers Falls and five more at Blessed Sacrament on Staten Island. From 1964 through 1967 she taught at Sts. Peter and Paul School and St. Barnabas School, both in the Bronx. Sister Marie Anne then returned to Staten Island where she taught at Our Lady Star of the Sea until 1984, and then moved to St. Bernard's School in Manhattan where she remained until her "retirement."

“...she was able to 'joyfully spread Jesus' message' to all the people she encountered in her ministry.”

Sister Marie spent forty-four years in the ministry of teaching. She loved this ministry and was happy as a teacher because she felt the love of her students and always "tried to give love as Jesus did." She continued to hear from many of her students, which made her feel that she was able to "joyfully spread Jesus' message" to all the people she encountered in her ministry. She remained active in her retirement, always displaying thoughtfulness, caring and patience with those she encountered.

We rejoice with her now as she enters the peace and joy of God's Kingdom and is reunited with her loving God, her family and all of the Sisters of Charity who have gone before her. Rest in the peace of your loving Savior, Sister Marie!


Sister Mary Seton Fanning, SC

DIED
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Age: 94
75 years of commitment as a Sister of Charity of New York

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
Sunday, January 13
2:00 – 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen
Monday, January 14
9:30 am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

                  ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Bronx
•Sts. Peter and Paul
1940–47, Teacher, Gr. 1,2,3,5,6

Westchester
•Our Lady of Mercy, Port Chester 1947–50, Teacher, Gr. 7
•St. Peter's, Yonkers
1950–54, Teacher, Gr. 6,7 •Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale 1954–57, Teacher, Gr. 7

Staten Island
•Immaculate Conception
1957–65, Teacher, Gr. 5, 6
•St. Mary, Rosebank
1967–70, Teacher, Gr. 6
•Blessed Sacrament
1970–72, Teacher, Gr. 6, CCD Gr. 5,6
•Mt. Carmel/St. Benedict
1972–75, Teacher, Gr. 5,6
•Assumption
1975–77, Teacher, Gr. 5

Manhattan
•Epiphany
1965–67, Teacher, Gr. 7, 8

images/Fanning,-Sr.-Seton-2013.jpgSister Mary Seton
Fanning, SC

Sister Mary Seton Fanning, (nee Eleanor) was born on December 18, 1919 in Staten Island, the daughter of Patrick and Ellen O'Malley Fanning. Eleanor attended St. Peter's Elementary and High School before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1938. Sister Seton earned a BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in Education from Richmond College, and an MS in Religious Education from Fordham University. She later earned NYS permanent certification in English and Spanish education.

Sister Seton's many years of ministry in education began at Saints Peter and Paul in the Bronx, followed by assignments at Our Lady of Mercy, Port Chester, St. Peter's, Yonkers, and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale. She then returned to Staten Island, teaching at Immaculate Conception, St. Mary, Rosebank, Blessed Sacrament, and Assumption. In the 1980s Sister Seton worked in the New York City Public School system and the Caring Community, a seniors program in Greenwich Village.

“Sister Seton was certainly a loving individual who enjoyed sharing her giftedness with all of God's people.”

In 1991 Sister Seton auditioned and was chosen for a guest role in the play Nunsense. Part of the proceeds she received for her role was donated to our Senior Sisters Fund. Her performances were thoroughly enjoyed by those fortunate enough to catch her on stage. Sister Seton's talent extended beyond the theatrical into the world of music; she was a talented harmonica player and performed at many occasions. In 2003 she won a prize at a Senior Talent Show at the Third Avenue Street Festival, playing a harmonica medley of old folk tunes. In response to a survey question asking what she felt the significance of her work to the community in which she serves, Sister Seton said, "I am attesting to the fact that a life of faith in God and in humanity, lived in the light of the Gospel, is not only possible, but gives a special quality to life, making hope and love daily experiences."

Sister Seton was certainly a loving individual who enjoyed sharing her giftedness with all of God's people. May your joy be ever full, Sister Seton, as you meet your God face to face.


Sister Miriam Eugene Fenton, SC
DIED
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Age: 79
Final Profession: 3/18/58

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers,
Tuesday, January 8
2:00 – 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

Hannemann Funeral Home,
Nyack, NY
Wednesday, January 9
2:00 to 4:00 pm
7:00 to 9:00 pm

FUNERAL
St. Ann's RC Church,
16 Jefferson St. Nyack, NY
Thursday, January 10
10:00 am

BURIAL
St. Agatha's Sisters of Charity Cemetery, Nanuet, NY

Sr. Eugene earned a BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MS in Elementary Education from St. John University, an MS in Religious Education and an MRE in Scripture from the Archdiocesan Catechetical Institute. She also received NYS Certification in Social Studies and School Admin. and Supervision.

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MINISTRIES

Bronx
•St. Barnabas
1953–57, Teacher, Gr. 4, 5

Manhattan
•St. Bernard
1957–61, Teacher, Gr. 5

Staten Island
•Sacred Heart
1967–71, Teacher, Gr. 7, 8

Yonkers
•St. Joseph
1971–78, Principal

Saugerties
•St. Mary of the Snow
1978–85, Religious Ed. Coordinator

Poughkeepsie
•1985–91, Catechetical Office Region Director, Dutchess & Putnam Counties
•Our Lady of Lourdes High School
2007–11, Library Assistant

Poughkeepsie/Nyack
•1991–96, Catechetical Office
Region Director, Dutchess & Rockland Counties

Poughkeepsie, et al.
•1996–2007, Catechetical Office Region Director, Dutchess & Ulster Counties

images/Sr-Miriam-Eugene-Fenton-web-2013.jpgSister Miriam Eugene
Fenton, SC

Margaret Patricia Fenton was born on June 11, 1933 in South Nyack, New York. She was the oldest of ten children born to Frederick Eugene Fenton and Catherine Helen McDonald. She attended St. Ann's Elementary School in Nyack and Nyack High School. She entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1950 and received the name Sister Miriam Eugene.

Sister Miriam Eugene spent her life as a Sister of Charity in the field of education as teacher and principal, parish catechetical coordinator and, most recently, as a regional catechetical director for the Archdiocese of New York.

Sister Eugene taught at St. Barnabas in the Bronx, St. Bernard in Manhattan, St. John the Baptist in Brooklyn, and Sacred Heart in Staten Island. She became principal of St. Joseph in Yonkers in 1971. In 1978, she became coordinator of the catechetical program at St. Mary of the Snow Parish, Saugerties, NY. As a full-time parish minister, Sister Eugene felt she was involved in every aspect of parish life, from the small child to the senior citizen, from the classroom to the hospital, and from parish societies to ecumenical groups.

In 1985 Sister Eugene was asked by the New York Archdiocesan Catechetical Office to become Regional Director of Catechetical Programs for Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam and Rockland Counties, a position she held for over two decades. In this position, she made a tremendous contribution to catechetical formation as teacher, director, course writer and editor. A special tribute was given to Sister Eugene in 2000 by the Catechetical Office for the archdiocese. Sister Joan Curtin, Director of the office, acknowledged Sister Eugene for the "deep faith, integrity, compassion, and professional expertise" that she brought to her catechetical ministry.

“Sister Eugene has often been called by her family, friends, and colleagues, 'a true Sister of Charity.'”

Sister Eugene remained close to her nine siblings, their families and extended families, always enjoying her relationship with them. She proudly proclaimed that together they have produced twenty-six members of a new generation.

Sister Eugene has often been called by her family, friends, and colleagues, "a true Sister of Charity." We now say, Sister Eugene, rest in the loving presence of the God whom you served so completely.

2012

Sister Alma Wedge, SC
DIED
Saturday, December 29,
2012
Age: 100
Final Profession: 8/15/38

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers,
Friday, January 4
2:00 – 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen
Saturday, January 5
9:30 am

BURIAL
St. John Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens

Sister Alma received a BS, MA and PhD from St. John’s University, and NYS Certification as Psychiatric Social Worker — Mental Health.

                    ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Bronx
•Holy Angels NYS Protectory 1932–34, Teacher, Gr. 5
•St. Barnabas
1951–55, Teacher, Gr. 8
•SS Peter and Paul 1955–57, Teacher, Gr. 8

Brooklyn
•St. Joseph Orphanage 1934–44, Teacher, Gr. 7, 8
•St. Joseph Hall
1934–44, Director, High School Residence

Manhattan
• Grace Institute
1951, Revised Text & Cooking School Sub
•Cathedral High School 1957–66, Teacher
•St. John’s University
1966–68, Instructor, Sociology

New Jersey
• Episcopal Church, Youth Consult Serv.
1968–70, Dir., Residential Treatment Ctr, Program Analyst
•Rutgers University
1968–70, Instructor, Sociology
•Kean College
1970–72, Associate Prof., Sociology
•Jersey City State College 1972–74, Adjunct Prof., Sociology

Staten Island
• North Richmond Mental Health Society 1972–74, Program Analyst for NYC Planning
•St. Vincent School of Nursing
1974–75, Lecturer, Sociology of Religion
•NYS Office of Mental RetardaZon, Dev. Disabilities 1975–81, Public EducaZon Director
•NYS Coordinator, United Cerebral Palsy 1981–83, Assistant Admin., Placement

images/Sr-Alma-Wedge-2013.jpgSister Alma Wedge, SC

Sister Alma Wedge (Rosalma) was born on November 17, 1912 in Leominster, MA, daughter of Oliver and Sophie Cooper Wedge. She attended Oxford Private School in Worcester, MA and Wadleigh High School before entering the Sisters of Charity on April 26, 1931. Sister Alma earned her BS in Educational Psychology, her MA and PhD in Sociology from St. John’s University, and later received NYS permanent certification as a psychiatric social worker. Sister Alma’s early ministry was in education at the New York Catholic Protectory and St. Joseph Hall in Brooklyn, followed by Grace Institute, St. Barnabas Elementary and Saints Peter and Paul Schools in the Bronx. From 1957 to 1966 she taught history at Cathedral High School. She then moved to higher education. With her doctorate in Sociology, she taught in St. John’s University, Rutgers University, Stevens Institute, and Kean College.

Sister Alma was the first woman to hold an office in the American Sociological Society; the first Sister to teach in St. John’s University Graduate School; the first Catholic Sister to work for an Episcopal Bishop in New Jersey where she directed a residential treatment center and trained college students for child care. In New York, Sister Alma was the first Director of Public Education for the deinstitutionalization of the mentally retarded. Sister Alma also served as a lecturer at Staten Island Hospital and St. Vincent’s Medical Center School of Nursing in Staten Island. During her years in Staten Island, she organized a Toastmasters International chapter. Sister Alma later became District Governor for the New York State region and a member of their hall of fame.

“She was a pioneer in many fields, and became known as one who always reached out to the underprivileged and those who needed her assistance in any way. Sister Alma has truly exemplified the commitment to the poor....”

Sister Alma’s career was broad. She was a pioneer in many fields, and became known as one who always reached out to the underprivileged and those who needed her assistance in any way. Sister Alma has truly exemplified the commitment to the poor as shown in the life of a Sister of Charity. Rest in peace, Sister Alma. Your many good works follow you.


Sister Dolores Ann Calamari, SC
(formerly Sr. Agnes Dolores, SC)
DIED
Wednesday, December 28,
2012
Age: 83

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers,
Wednesday, January 2
2:00 – 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen
Thursday, January 3
9:30 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery, Yonkers

Sr. Dolores earned her RN in Nursing from St. Vincent Hospital, her BS in Nursing from St. John's University, an MS in Nursing from Hunter College, and NYS Certification in Pedicatrics.

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MINISTRIES

Manhattan
•St. Vincent Hospital
1953–56, Staff Nurse
56–60, Supervisor, Instructor Nursing Faculty
66–71, Instructor Nursing Faculty–Pediatrics

•Pace College & FDR
VA Hospital
1971–74, Instructor/Asst. Professor, Nursing

Staten Island
•St. Vincent Hospital
1960–66, Supervisor, Instructor Nursing Faculty

Westchester
•Pace University,
Pleasantville, NY
1974–94, Asst. Professor in Nursing
1993–2003, Professor Emeritus

•St. Agnes Hospital,
White Plains
1995–2003, Maternity Clinic, Childbirth Instructor

images/Sister-Dolores-Calamari-2012.jpgSister Dolores Ann
Calamari, SC

Sister Dolores Ann Calamari was born on October 24, 1929 in Manhattan. She was the daughter of DeWitt and Louise Carvini Calamari. Dolores attended St. Barnabas Elementary and High School and St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on February 2, 1951. She received a BS in Nursing from St. John’s University, an MS in Nursing from Hunter College, and NYS certification in Pediatric Nursing.

Sister Dolores’ first mission was St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan where she served as a staff nurse, supervisor, and instructor. From 1960 to 1966 she worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Staten Island where she was an instructor in the School of Nursing. In 1971 Sister Dolores joined the faculty of Pace University in Pleasantville, New York, as an associate professor and retired in 2003 as Professor Emeritus. In her over thirty years at Pace, Sister Dolores was seen by her students and colleagues not only as a nurse and teacher, but also as a Sister of Charity, a person committed to her congregation and her church.

“Sister Dolores was seen by her students and colleagues not only as a nurse and teacher, but also as a Sister of Charity, a person committed to her congregation and her church.”

In her retirement Sister Dolores volunteered in the maternity clinic at St. Agnes Hospital in White Plains where she taught childbirth education for those living in poverty. Sister Dolores also volunteered in Sister of Charity retirement homes, and at Rosary Hill caring for cancer patients.

Sister Dolores was a devoted family member. She was a loving caregiver to her parents and was present to her extended family both in times of sadness and celebration. Rest in peace, Sister Dolores, enjoying the presence of your loving God whom you served so well.


Sister Laura Marie Ruckel, SC
DIED
Wednesday, December 27, 2012

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers,
Sunday, December 30
2:00 – 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen
Monday, December 31
9:30 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery, Yonkers

Sister Laura earned a BS in Education from Fordham University and NYS Certification in Education.

                     ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Bronx
•St. Gabriel
1946–46, Teacher, Gr. 1| 1963, Teacher, Gr. 8
•Mount Saint Vincent Convent
1999-2011, Volunterr

Manhattan
•Epiphany
1947–55, Teacher, Gr. 1

Westchester
•St. Denis, Yonkers
1955–63, Teacher, Gr. 1, 7, 8 1966–71, Principal
•Our Lady of Mercy, Port Chester 1964–66, Teacher, Gr. 7, 8
•St. Mary, Yonkers 1978–97, Teacher, R. 4 1997–99, Volunteer
•Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers 1997–99, Volunteer

Brooklyn
•Our Lady Star of the Sea 1963–64, Teacher, Gr. 7

Rockland
•St. Peter, Haverstraw 1971–78, Teacher, Gr. 4

images/Sr.-Laura-Ruckel-2012.jpgSister Laura Marie
Ruckel, SC

Sister Laura Marie Ruckel, nee Joan, was born on August 25, 1925 in New York City. Edward and Laura Lambrecht Ruckel were the proud parents of three daughters and three sons. Joan attended St. Philip Neri Elementary School and St. Barnabas High School, both in the Bronx. Upon her graduation from high school, Joan worked for three years before entering the Sisters of Charity in 1945. Her sister, Rita, now Sister Maria Thérèse, had entered the Sisters of Charity in 1940. Sister Laura received her BS in Education from Fordham University and later earned her NYS permanent certification in Elementary Education. Teaching was her life-long ministry, and one which she dearly loved. Sister Laura was an excellent and well-loved educator.

Her first mission was St. Gabriel's School in the Bronx, where she taught the first grade. Sister Laura then taught at Epiphany School, Manhattan, followed by St. Denis, Yonkers, and Our Lady Star of the Sea in Brooklyn. In 1963, Sister Laura returned to St. Gabriel in the Bronx, where she taught the eighth grade. After two years at Our Lady of Mercy in Port Chester, Sister Laura was appointed Principal and Superior at St. Denis, Yonkers. At the close of her term as principal, she taught at St. Peter's in Haverstraw.

In 1978, Sister Laura went to St. Mary School in Yonkers, where she remained for twenty-one years. Here she taught the fourth grade and in 1997 became a school volunteer. Also at this time, Sister Laura volunteered at the Convent of Mary the Queen, where she transported wheelchair bound sisters to and from therapy, and assisted the sisters on the fourth floor with their meals. In 1999, Sister Laura moved to Mount Saint Vincent Convent and continued her ministry at the Convent of Mary the Queen.

“She had a positive outlook, a sense of humor, and a friendly way of helping others. She will be remembered for her honesty, trust, organizational skills, and her love for her religious life.”

As her health declined, Sister Laura graciously accepted her limitations as she always accepted whatever God asked of her. She had a positive outlook, a sense of humor, and a friendly way of helping others. She will be remembered for her honesty, trust, organizational skills, and her love for her religious life. We will all remember Sister Laura as a magnificent educator and a truly wonderful person. Rest in peace, Laura, in the love and peace of the God you so well served.


Sister Regina O'Rourke, SC
(formerly Sr. Maria Rose, SC)
DIED
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers,
Thursday, December 28
2:00 – 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen
Saturday, December 29
9:30 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery, Yonkers

Sister Regina earned a BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in Elementary Education from Hunter College, and NYS Certification in Education. 

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MINISTRIES

Manhattan
• St. Paul
1948–60, Teacher
• Holy Name
1960–63, Teacher
•Sacred Heart
1969–78, Teacher, Gr. 4
• Incarnation Convent
1978–80, Coordinator
• Holy Trinity
1967–69, Principal

Bronx
•St. Athanasius
1963–67, Principal
•Mount Saint Vincent Convent
1981–82, Executive Housekeeper
•Mount Saint Vincent Convent
1982–90, Assistant to Administrator

Ventnor, NJ
• Mary the Ocean Star
1980–81, Admin. Team

images/O'Rourke-Sister-Regina-2012.jpgSister Regina
O'Rourke, SC

Sister Regina O'Rourke was born on January 23, 1914 in Stapleton, Staten Island, one of 4 daughters of William O'Rourke and Rose Sisk O'Rourke. She attended Immaculate Conception School and St. Peter's High School. Regina worked for Brown Brothers Harriman, a renowned Wall Street firm. She loved her job but felt an emptiness. In her own words, "I did not want to go to God with empty hands." She entered the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1946. She earned a BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and an MA in Elementary Education from Hunter College.

Sister Regina taught elementary school at St. Paul's and Holy Name in Manhattan. She then became Principal of St. Athanasius School in the Bronx where she was a vital part of the building of the new school and convent. She had a special place in her heart for St. Athanasius, "I loved the spirit of the people as they saw the erecting of the new school and convent. You could feel their love for the sisters …." She then became Principal of Holy Trinity in Manhattan and a teacher at Sacred Heart and Incarnation, also in Manhattan. Sister Regina loved all her teaching ministries which were mainly with the those living in poverty. She brought joy to staff, children and families.

“Sister Regina loved all her teaching ministries which were mainly with the those living in poverty. She brought joy to staff, children and families.”

Sister Regina then became part of a team at the Sister of Charity Rest House in Ventnor, New Jersey and at Mount Saint Vincent Convent. Her enthusiasm, smile and spirit were contagious. We thank you, Regina, for your love. Enjoy your eternity as you approach your loving God with full hands. Rest in peace and joy!


Sister Angelica Marie Troy, SC
DIED
Monday, December 4, 2012
Age: 92

WAKE
Mount Saint Vincent Convent,
Thursday, December 6,
2:00 – 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Immaculate Conception Chapel
at Mount Saint Vincent
Friday, December 7,
9:30 am

BURIAL
Calvary Cemetery
Woodside, NY

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity on September 7, 1940. She earned a BS in Chemistry from Fordham University. She earned certification in Pharmacy from New York State in 1950.

                ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Manhattan
•St. Lawrence Academy
1942, Teacher, Grade 4
•St. Vincent Hospital
1948–99, Pharmacist
•St. Vincent Hospital
1999–2008, Volunteer

Westchester
•St. Gabriel, New Rochelle
1942–43, Teacher, Grade 1
•St. Francis, Mount Kisco
1943–44, Teacher, Grade 1

Sister Angelica Marie Troy (Ann Marie)

images/SrAngelicaMarie.jpgSister Angelica Troy, SC

was born on October 30, 1920 in Elmhurst, Queens, one of two daughters born to Louis and Josephine Hasen Troy. Ann attended St. Joan of Arc School, in Jackson Heights, Queens, Cathedral High School, and Queens College before entering the Sisters of Charity on September 7, 1940. Sister Angelica received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Fordham University and later earned New York State permanent certification in Pharmacy.

Sister Angelica began her ministry in the field of education. She taught at St. Lawrence Academy, Manhattan, St. Gabriel's, New Rochelle, and St. Francis, Mount Kisco, before beginning her studies at Fordham University. In 1948 she served as Pharmacist and later as Coordinator of Pharmacy Purchasing at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Manhattan, where she became known for her compassion, wit and selflessness toward others.

Sister Angelica traveled to Thailand with her sister, Jodi, to assist Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Laotian refugees of the Khmer Rouge genocide in the late-1970s. She found this ministry especially rewarding and was asked to remain there permanently.

“More than 1,000 guests gathered to applaud the tiny Sister who had given a giant's service to anyone who needed her assistance...”


In 2008, Sister Angelica was the recipient of the Elizabeth Seton Award, annually bestwoed upon a Sister of Charity at the Angelus Gala, the most prestigious fund raising event for St. Vincent's Hospital. More than 1,000 guests gathered to applaud the tiny Sister who had given a giant's service to anyone who needed her assistance, following the example of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Rest in joy and in peace, Sister Angelica, in the loving arms of our God whom you served so well.


Sister Patricia Regina Walsh, SC
DIED
Friday, October 19, 2012
Age: 80

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen,
Sunday, October 21,
2:00 – 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen, Monday, October 22,
10:30 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1951. She earned a BA in Psychology from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She received training in Montessori education from Fairleigh Dickenson University.

                ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Rockland
•St. Agatha Home, Nanuet
1954–62, Group Mother

Manhattan
•NY Foundling
1963–69, Child Care

Westchester
•St. Gregory, Harrison
1969–71, Teacher Gr. 1
•St. Anthony Convent, Yonkers
2000-05, Volunteer

Dutchess
•St. Mary School, Wappingers Falls
1971–99, Teacher Gr. 1
•St. Mary School, Wappingers Falls, Volunteer

Sister Patricia Regina Walsh, SC, (Rose

images/Patricia-Regina-Walsh-2012.jpgSister Patricia Regina
Walsh, SC

Philomena) was born on September 25, 1932, the youngest of eleven children born to Patrick and Mary Murphy Walsh. She attended St. Paul's School and St. Joseph Commercial High School, both located in Brooklyn. Her areas of concentration at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and Fairleigh Dickenson University were psychology and Montessori methods of teaching.

Sister Patricia's family was so proud to be American and at the same time joyfully celebrated their Irish heritage. Music was the joy of each family gathering. The harmony of their songs gave evidence of their deep love for one another. Each one of the Walsh family clan had a signature song and everyone sang harmony for each other's "ditty."
 

“At the heart of each mission was a deep love of the children she served.”


Sister Patricia served in various ministries. At the heart of each mission was a deep love of the children she served. As a group mother at St. Agatha Home, Nanuet, a baby nurse at the New York Foundling, or a first grade teacher, Sister Patricia brought joy and quality service to all her "charges." Her years at St. Mary, Wappinger Falls, filled her with many blessings. This special woman had a tremendous heart filled with generosity and kindness. If she could do it, she would never say no to a request. Is it no wonder that her heart was worn out with love.

Sister Pat went home to rest in the loving heart of her God. Rest in Peace, Sister Patricia.


Sister Rose Marie Galligan, SC
(formerly Sr. Thomas Regina, SC)

DIED
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Age: 89

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen,
Tuesday, September 18
2:00 - 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen, Wednesday, September 19,
9:30 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

                  ~  ~  ~

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1944.

Sister entered the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1944. She earned a BS in Business from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

MINISTRIES

Manhattan
•New York Foundling Hospital
1946–49, Bookkeeper
1949–67, Personnel, Finance, Support Services
1967–69, Assistant Admin, Finance
1969–84, Deputy Admin,
Finance
1984–97, Special Assistant
1997–2000, Volunteer Services

 

images/Sr Rose Marie web.jpgSister Rose Marie
Galligan, SC

Sister Rose Marie Galligan was born on August 14, 1923 in New York City, one of two daughters and a son born to Thomas and Rose Heery Galligan. After attending St. Stephen's School and Cathedral High School in Manhattan, she worked for two years before entering the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1944. She received a BS degree in Business from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Sister Rose Marie's entire active ministry, beginning in 1946 and continuing for 54 years, was spent at The New York Foundling. Sister used her business acumen as a bookkeeper from 1946 to 1949 and from 1949 to 1967 she served in Personnel, Finance, and Support Services. Her ministry continued as Assistant Administrator for Finance for fourteen years and then in 1984 she became Special Assistant. Sister retired in 1997 but continued to serve as a volunteer at the Foundling until 2000. The New York Foundling was very special to Sister Rose Marie and, as a resident in the Convent of Mary the Queen, she enjoyed time reminiscing with others about her favorite place.

“The calm and strength that radiated from Sister Rose Marie at this time of trial bore witness to St. Elizabeth's special care for one of her beloved daughters.”

Under the leadership of Mother Mary Fuller, the Congregation offered a novena to Mother Seton on behalf of Sister Rose Marie when she faced a serious medical issue. The calm and strength that radiated from Sister Rose Marie at this time of trial bore witness to St. Elizabeth's special care for one of her beloved daughters.

Sister Rose Marie and her sister, Mary, and brother, Thomas, remained especially close throughout their lives. Their care and love for each other was a special bond; they were truly a gift to one another.

We rejoice with Sister Rose Marie now as she meets the Lord whose little ones she served so well. Be at peace, Sister Rose Marie.


Sister Elizabeth Mary O'Connor, SC

DIED
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen,
Thursday, September 13
2:00 - 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen, Friday, September 14,
10:00 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

                  ~  ~  ~

Sister Elizabeth Mary entered the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1941.

She earned a BA in French from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in Education/Reading from Manhattan College, and NYS Certification in French.

MINISTRIES

Queens
• St. Gabriel
1943, Teacher Gr. 2

Manhattan
• Incarnation
1943–47, Teacher Gr. 1

Westchester
• St. Mary's, Yonkers
1947–54, Teacher Gr. 1
• St. Gregory, Harrison
1954–56, Teacher Gr. 1, 2
• Immaculate Heart of Mary
1960–67, Teacher Gr. 8
• Resurrection, Rye
1980–82, Teacher
• Academy of the
Resurrection, Rye, 1982–90,
Teacher, Eng., Lat., Fr.

Beacon
• St. Joachim
1956–58, Teacher Gr. 1

Staten Island
• Our Lady Star of the Sea
1958–60, Teacher Gr. 1

Bronx
• St. Barnabas
1967–71, Teacher Gr. 8
1971–80, French Teacher
Gr. 2-8
• St. Barnabas High School
1990–99, Business Office, Asst./Finance
• St. Barnabas High School
1999–2005, Volunteer Services

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Sister Elizabeth Mary O'Connor (Elizabeth) was born in New York City on August 7, 1923, the younger of two daughters of Michael and Elizabeth Kinahan O'Connor. She attended St. Vincent Ferrer School and Cathedral High School, both in Manhattan, before entering the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1941. She received her BA in French from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and continued her graduate studies in French at Fordham University, Middlebury College in Vermont, Millersville State University in Pennsylvania and Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

Sister Elizabeth's ministry in education took her from elementary to high school. She was a pioneer at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Staten Island and at St. Gregory's in Harrison. She also taught at Incarnation, Manhattan, St. Mary's, Yonkers, St. Joachim's, Beacon, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale, St. Barnabas High School, Bronx and Resurrection Academy, Rye.

Sister Elizabeth moderated the Forensic Club in many high schools. She developed personal relationship with her students and impressed upon them that, although they might not be winners, they will develop speaking skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. At St. Barnabas, Sister Elizabeth started an F.L.E.S. Program (Foreign Language Elementary School). One fourth of the elementary student population signed up for this program and many became language majors and teachers!

“Sister Elizabeth was
always a scholar
who had a great love
of learning.”

When Sister Elizabeth retired from teaching, she returned to St. Barnabas High School, where she was Assistant Treasurer for ten years. Ever a lover of language and of "all things Irish," she joined Tara Circle's Cultural Program and studied Gaelic for three years. Sister Elizabeth was always a scholar who had a great love of learning. As a resident of the Convent of Mary the Queen, she was always willing to assist in Archival projects. Her love of Community history showed in many of her recreational conversations.

Throughout her life she was devoted to her sister, Mary, and enjoyed time spent in her care. Rest in peace, Elizabeth, as you enjoy the rewards of your service and are welcomed into the loving arms of our God.


Sister Regina Michael Lowe, SC

DIED
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Age: 90

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen,
Sunday, August 26
2-8 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen, Monday, August 27
10:00 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

                  ~  ~  ~

Sr. Regina Michael entered the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1942

She earned a BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MS in Reading from Lehman College.

MINISTRIES

Bronx
• Our Lady of Angels
1944, Teacher
• St. Raymond
1944–50, Teacher
• St. Augustine
1964–85, Teacher

Bahamas
• St. Francis Xavier
1950-54, Teacher
• St. Vincent, Harbour Island
1954–61, Teacher
• Sacred Heart
1961–64, Principal
•Our Lady's School, Nassau
1985–99, Teacher

images/Sr-Regina-Michael-2012.jpgSister Regina Michael, SC

Sister Regina Michael Lowe, nee Mary Ann, born on November 27, 1921 in New York City, was one of three daughters and one son born to Thomas and Mary Sheridan Lowe. Mary Ann attended St. Gabriel’s School in Manhattan, Cathedral High School, and worked for three years before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1942. Sister Regina Michael earned a B.A. in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an M.A. in Reading from Lehman College, and NYS Permanent Certification in Elementary Education.

Sister Regina Michael’s teaching career began in the Bronx at Our Lady of Angels School and then six years at St. Raymond School. In 1950 she was missioned to the Bahamas where she taught at St. Francis Xavier School for four years. During these years Sister Regina Michael taught Archbishop Patrick Pinder when he was a student at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School. She then taught at St. Vincent’s on Harbour Island until she became principal of Sacred Heart School from 1961 to 1964. Sister Michael then returned to the Bronx as a teacher in St. Augustine School for the next twenty-one years. In 1985, Sister returned to the Bahamas where she taught at Our Lady’s School in Nassau until 1999. At the Thanksgiving Luncheon in November of 1998, Sister Regina Michael was honored for her outstanding service to the people of Our Lady’s Parish and School.

“Whether the children and families came from the Bronx or the Bahamas, Sister Michael’s care, compassion and love of God’s people was apparent
in all she did.”

In 1999, after twenty-eight years teaching in the Bahamas, Sister Michael returned to New York to “retire” in St. Patrick’s Villa, Nanuet. But, a Sister of Charity never actually retires and so Sister Michael volunteered teaching English to immigrants. Throughout her life and in all her experiences, Sister Regina Michael reflected the joy and enthusiasm of her God whom she faithfully served for seventy years as a Sister of Charity. Her skill and kindness were shown in each of her many years of teaching. Whether the children and families came from the Bronx or the Bahamas, Sister Michael’s care, compassion and love of God’s people was apparent in all she did.

Rest in peace, Sister Regina Michael, as you are welcomed into the loving arms of your God whom you served so well.


Sister Mildred Azevedo, SC
(formerly Sister Maria Assumpta, SC)

DIED
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Age: 79

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen,
Wednesday, August 22,
2-8 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen,
Thursday, August 23
10:00 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

                  ~  ~  ~

Sr. Mildred entered the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1950.

She earned a BA in Math from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MSED in Guidance from Fordham University.

MINISTRIES

Manhattan
•St. Stephen
1953–59, Teacher

Westchester County
•St. Gabriel High School, New Rochelle
1971–75, Principal
•Elizabeth Seton College,
Yonkers
1986–93, Academic Advisor
•Iona College,
New Rochelle, NY
1993–94Academic Advisor
•Casa Esperanza,
Yonkers, NY
2003–07, Volunteer

Orange County
•Academy of Mount Saint Vincent, Tuxedo Park
1959–69, Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Ass't. Principal

Rockland County
•St. Patrick Villa, Nanuet
1983–86, Coordinator

Bronx
• St. Raymond Academy
1969–71, Guidance Counselor
•Sisters of Charity Center
1975–83, Regional
Coordinator
•College of Mount Saint
Vincent
1994–2003, Academic Advisor

images/Sr Mildred Azevedo-2012.jpgSister Mildred
Azevedo, SC

Sister Mildred Azevedo, SC, was born on August 22, 1932 in New Rochelle, New York, one of two children of Charles and Susan Ferreira Azevedo. Mildred attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary School and St. Gabriel High School in New Rochelle; she entered the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1950.

Sister Maria Assumpta received a BA in Math from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MSED in Guidance from Fordham University. While Sister Assumpta's first mission was St. Stephen's School in Manhattan, most of her education ministry was at the high school and college levels. Her ten years at the Academy of Mount St. Vincent in Tuxedo Park were memorable ones for her, the students, and in later years, the Alumnae. Those years at the Academy, where many students were boarders, offered her guidance counseling experience beyond any textbook. Sister Assumpta went on to serve as Director of Guidance at St. Raymond Academy for Girls, and then returned to her alma mater, St. Gabriel's High School, New Rochelle, as Principal. The care that she exhibited for staff, students, and parents was admirable and, in every sense of the word, inspiring.

“The care that she exhibited for staff, students, and parents was admirable and, in every sense of the word, inspiring.”

Sister Mildred was elected a Regional Coordinator in 1975. She was much beloved while on the Council in her role as Mission Coordinator and always had a special care for the Sisters serving in Appalachia, the Bahamas, and Guatemala. Sister Mildred chaired the Constitution Committee and with her steady, sensitive, and loving direction, she helped the Congregation complete the revision of their documents. Following her years on the Council, she was the Coordinator at St. Patrick's Villa, Academic Advisor at Elizabeth Seton College, Yonkers, and Iona College, New Rochelle. In 1994 she went to the College of Mount Saint Vincent as Academic Advisor to transfer students. After "retiring" she volunteered at the Sisters of Charity Multi-Service Center in Yonkers.


Sr. Mary T. Kane, SC
(formerly Sr. John Maureen, SC)

DIED
Monday, July 16, 2012
Age: 84

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen,
Wednesday, July 18,
2-6:30 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen, Thursday, July 19,
10:00 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery, Yonkers, NY

                  ~  ~  ~

Sister Mary entered the Sisters of Charity on February 2, 1946.

She earned a BS in Education
from Fordham University.

MINISTRIES
Manhattan
•St. Francis Xavier
1947–54, Teacher
•St. Agnes
1954–56, Teacher
•Blessed Sacrament
1956–57, Teacher
•Cathedral
1995–96, Clerical Assistant

Bronx
•St. Gabriel
1957–62, Teacher
•St. Anthony
1974–83, Teacher
1987–95, Teacher,
Remedial Sub
•Mt. St. Vincent Convent
1996–2003,
Switchboard Operator

Poughkeepsie
•St. Peter
1962–68, Principal

Staten Island
•Blessed Sacrament
1968–74, Teacher

Ventnor, NJ
•Mary the Ocean Star
1983–87, Guest House Team

images/Sr-Mary-Kane-2012.jpgSister Mary T. Kane, SC

Sister Mary T. Kane was born on July 21, 1927 in New York City, the only daughter of three children born to John and Mary Trainor Kane. Mary attended St. Paul School and Cathedral High School in Manhattan before entering the Sisters of Charity on February 2, 1946. Sister John Maureen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Fordham University.

Elementary education was the main focus of Sister Mary's ministry, which she joyfully embraced. She taught at St. Francis Xavier, St. Agnes, and Blessed Sacrament in Manhattan before being missioned to St. Gabriel's School in the Bronx. Her administrative talents were soon recognized and she served as Principal at St. Peter's School, Poughkeepsie, before going to Blessed Sacrament School in Staten Island and St. Anthony's in the Bronx. In 1983 she became part of the team working at the Convent of Mary the Ocean Star in Ventnor, New Jersey. After returning to St. Anthony's from 1987 to 1995, she briefly served as a clerical assistant at Cathedral High School, her alma mater, before beginning many years of service at Mt. St. Vincent Convent.

“In her quiet way,
Sister Mary touched
the lives of all those
she met.”

In her quiet way, Sister Mary touched the lives of all those she met. We rejoice with her now as she meets her God "face to face" and enjoys the eternal peace and happiness with the God whom she served so well as a Sister of Charity. Rest in peace, Sister Mary.


Sr. Ann Reynolds, SC
(formerly Sr. Christopher Maria, SC)

DIED
Monday, July 2, 2012

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

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen,Friday, July 6, 10 am
10:00 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery, Yonkers, NY

                  ~  ~  ~

Sister Ann entered the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1953.

She earned a BA in History-Art from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and NYS Certification in Elementary Education.

MINISTRIES
Yonkers
•St. Mary's
1956–58, Teacher
•St. Peter's
1988–93, Teacher
•St. John Riverside
1993–95, Nursing Assistant
•Mary the Queen
1995–2011, Patient Advocate

Brooklyn
•St. Paul's
1958–1962, Teacher

Manhattan
•St. Stephen's
1962–1966, Teacher

Bronx
•St. Athanasius
1969–1972, Teacher, Primary Coordinator
•St. Margaret of Cortona
1976–86, Teacher
•St. Raymond Academy
1986–88, Teacher

Haverstraw
•St. Peter's
1966–68, Teacher
1972–76, Principal

images/sr ann reynolds photo.JPGSr. Ann Reynolds, SC

Sister Ann Reynolds was born in Manhattan on August 30, 1935, one of two girls born to Christopher and Mary Conway Reynolds. She attended St. Anselm School in the Bronx, Cathedral High School in Manhattan, and on September 8, 1953 she entered the Sisters of Charity, receiving the name Sister Christopher Maria. During her early years in religious life, Sister Ann studied at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, receiving her BA in History and Art along with New York State certification in Elementary Education.

Sister Ann Reynolds was one of those legendary primary and middle school teachers whom students and parents remember with deep affection. Recognizing her gifts in primary education, she was often called upon to help prepare young Sisters to teach first grade and was someone whom other Sisters came to for advice. Her teaching ministry spanned three boroughs of New York City, and the counties of Westchester and Rockland. Sister Ann taught at St. Paul's in Brooklyn; St. Stephen's in Manhattan; St. Athanasius, St. Margaret of Cortona, and St. Raymond Academy in the Bronx; St. Mary's and St. Peter's in Yonkers; and St. Peter's in Haverstraw, where she also served as principal.

“...legendary primary and middle school teachers whom students and parents remember with deep affection.”

After thirty-seven years in education, Sister Ann entered nursing school and began a second legendary career as an LPN to care for the sick. She served as a Nursing Assistant at St. John Riverside in Yonkers and then became Patient Advocate for our Sisters at the Convent of Mary the Queen. Her wonderful people skills and sense of humor made her a great asset and friend to the Sisters and staff at the Queen.

A great source of love and pride, Sister Ann remained close to her sister Mary and her family in California. Her religious name was quite fitting as she truly was a Christ bearer to everyone she knew, bringing much joy and life to all. We rejoice with you, Sister Ann, as you are now in the arms of your loving Savior. Go in peace to the place our God has prepared for you.


Sr. Catherine Sherry, SC
(formerly Sr. Marian Gerard, SC)

DIED
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Age: 84
Entered: 9/8/51

WAKE
Mount Saint Vincent Convent,
Sunday, May 6, 2012
2:00 - 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, Mount Saint Vincent, Monday, May 7, 2012
10:00 am

                   ~  ~  ~

Sister Catherine entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1951.

She earned a BS in Chemistry from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MS in Biology from New York University, and an MPS in Health Service Administration from the New School for Social Research.

MINISTRIES

Manhattan
St. Vincent Hospital
Lab technologist
Supervisor, Microbiology
Supervisor, Chemistry
Supervisor, Hematology & Blood Bank
Associate Director of Laboratories
Administrative Director of Laboratories
Director of Laboratories/Pathology

 

images/Sr-Catherine-Sherry.jpgSister Catherine
Sherry, SC

Sister Catherine Sherry’s knowledge of science, her skill as an administrator and her dedication to the mission of the Sisters of Charity have made her one of the most highly esteemed professionals of her time.

Born in Brooklyn to Felix and Mary Sherry and raised in Staten Island with her sister, Marie, and brother, James, Catherine graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent with a BS in Chemistry. She worked as a chemist at Standard Brands before entering the Sisters of Charity in 1951 when she received the name Sister Marian Gerard. Sister became the Supervisor of the Blood Bank, Hematology, Chemistry, and Clinical Microbiology of Saint Vincent’s Hospital. In 1971 she was appointed Administrative Director of Laboratories/Pathology and Program Director of the Educational Program in Medical Technology. Sister earned an MS in biology at New York University and also received a Masters of Professional Studies at the New School for Social Research.

“...we are called not only to be stewards of the resources available to us, but to use them purposefully…all for the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ”

Sister Catherine has published articles in various clinical laboratory journals. She was appointed to the Review Board of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and also served as its Consulting Editor. She has served as Site Surveyor/Survey Team Leader for National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, as well as Site Inspector for the College of American Pathologists Inspection and Accreditation Program. In 1992, she was elected Treasurer and Member of Saint Vincent’s Medical Center Board of Trustees. In 1997 she was presented with the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award by Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Sister Catherine, as a true Sister of Charity, was able to integrate her professional expertise with her spirituality. In the 1989 edition of Saint Vincent’s Hospital News Notes, Catherine wrote, “St. Vincent was a practical man for his times...and for ours. To be able to continue our mission of service to all those in need of healthcare, especially the poor, we are called not only to be stewards of the resources available to us, but to use them purposefully…all for the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”


Sr. Miriam Gregory Yochum, SC

DIED
Monday, April 2, 2012
Age: 82
Entered: 9/8/46

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012
2:00 - 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL

Convent of Mary the Queen, Monday, Apr 9, 2012
10:30 am

                   ~  ~  ~

MINISTRIES

Bronx
Elizabeth Seton Academy
1948, Teacher
St. Barnabas School
1956–60, Teacher

Manhattan
St. Paul School
1948–56, Teacher
Holy Cross Academy
1960–66, Teacher

Wappingers Falls, NY
St. Mary's School
1966–2000, Principal

images/SrGregoryYochum-2012.jpgSister Miriam
Gregory Yochum, SC

Sister Miriam Gregory Yochum (Agnes) was born on July 9, 1929, in New York City, one of three daughters born to Rudolph and Florence Diemar Yochum. Agnes attended St. Joseph School, Manhattan, and Cathedral High School before entering the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1946. Sister Gregory earned her BS and MA in English from Fordham University, and later earned New York State permanent teacher certification in English.

Education was the focus of Sister Gregory’s ministry assignments. Early in her professional life, she taught at St. Paul’s School, Manhattan, where she had a profound impact on a newly arrived student from Cuba. She oversaw the young man’s linguistic development and introduced him to the New York Times, something he never forgot. He went on to Cardinal Hayes High School, where he earned a scholarship to Harvard, and later attended Harvard Business School. He remembers Sister Gregory with great fondness and is eternally grateful for her love and encouragement. Sister Gregory later taught at St. Barnabas School, Bronx, before going on to teach English in high school at Holy Cross Academy, Manhattan.

“Sister Gregory saw the education of youth as a challenging and exciting ministry....Her legacy lives on in those she inspired to become teachers and school administrators.”

Her impact on education continued at St. Mary’s School in Wappingers Falls where she was principal from 1966 until 2000.  In 2001, she returned to Wappingers Falls for the 150th Anniversary of St. Mary’s Parish. In an interview she stated, “I’m privileged to have served here for 34 years. The parents and children are wonderful—very warm, loving people, very anxious to do all they can to further the kingdom of God.” Sister Gregory was most certainly loved and cherished in return by the families of St. Mary’s. When a woman in Dutchess County learned of Sister Gregory’s death, she remarked: “Sister Gregory influenced my entire family. To this day we are indebted to her.  Do you have any idea what it means to be present in the lives of families for 34 years! She was like a quiet giant in our midst.”

Sister Gregory saw the education of youth as a challenging and exciting ministry. She appreciated the effect that teachers have in the classroom and as principal encouraged young people to join the profession that she loved. Her legacy lives on in those she inspired to become teachers and school administrators.

We rejoice with Sister Miriam Gregory now as she meets her God “face to face” and enjoys eternal peace and happiness with God whom she served so well as a Sister of Charity.

Sr. Margaret Farrara, SC
(formerly Sr. Marguerite Marie, SC)

DIED
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Age: 88

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012
2:00 - 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
11:00 am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery, Yonkers, New York

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Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on March 19, 1946.

She earned a BA in Latin from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MS in Education from Fordham University, and an MS in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College. She earned NYS permanent certification in Latin and in Elementary Education.

MINISTRIES

Westchester
•St. Peter
1947–54, Teacher

Yonkers
•Elizabeth Seton College
1970–73, Dean of Students

Manhattan
•Cathedral H.S.-Holy Trinity
Branch, 1954–59, Teacher
•St. Joseph Academy
1973–74, Director, Reading Lab

York, Pa.
•York Catholic H.S.
1959–66, Teacher

Bronx
•Sisters of Charity Center
1966–70, Regional Coordinator

Albany, N.Y.
•Hoosick Falls Central School
1974–1991, Teacher
•St. Mary School, Hoosick, NY
1991–93, Volunteer Services
•Immaculate Conception, Hoosick Falls, 1993–1997, Assistant to Dir. of Religious Education, K–12

images/Sr.MargaretFarrara-w.jpgSr. Margaret Farrara, SC

Sr. Margaret Farrara (Sr. Marguerite Marie) was born on April 6, 1923 in Eagle Bridge, N.Y., one of two daughters and four sons born to Joseph and Theresa Cavano Farrara. Margaret attended St. Alphonsus School and Cathedral High School, both in Manhattan, and the College of Mount Saint Vincent, before entering the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1945. Sr. Marguerite earned an MS in Education from Fordham University and an MS in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College. She later earned NYS permanent certification in Latin and in Elementary Education.

Sr. Marguerite’s ministry in education began at St. Peter’s in Poughkeepsie in 1947, where she taught the second grade for seven years. She went on to teach Latin at Cathedral High School – Holy Trinity Branch, Manhattan, and York Catholic High School in York, Pa. Many Sisters will recall the gift of Sr. Margaret’s presence as Director of the Renovation, a position in which she served during the summer months while in York.  

From 1966 to 1970 Sr. Margaret served as Regional Coordinator and later as Dean of Students at Elizabeth Seton College, Yonkers. In 1973 she became Director of the Reading Lab at St. Joseph Academy in Manhattan.

“Sr. Margaret was a teacher— one who touched the lives of everyone she met with her understanding heart and the acceptance of all persons as she found them.”

Sr. Margaret returned to her hometown area in 1974, where she taught first and second grades at Hoosick Falls Central School until 1991. Upon her retirement, she and Sr. Mary Liegey undertook the development and extension of the Religious Education Program of their parish, Immaculate Conception in Hoosick Falls. They both served as Co-Religious Education Directors of the program from 1993 to 1997. After this time Sr. Margaret volunteered at Habitat for Humanity. In 1994 Sr. Margaret and Sr. Mary began making jellies to raise money for the Sisters of Charity missions in Guatemala. In a 2007 article in Catholic New York, Sr. Margaret was quoted as saying, “Anything we can give them is a great help.” Sr. Margaret and Sr. Mary continued making jellies in their retirement.

In the classroom or outside, Sr. Margaret was a teacher— one who touched the lives of everyone she met with her understanding heart and the acceptance of all persons as she found them. She will always be remembered for her winning smile and her gift for spiritual direction. Rest in peace, Sister Margaret!


Sister Helen Marie Horton, SC
(formerly Sr. Mary Ligouri, SC)

DIED
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Age: 88

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012
2:00 - 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

FUNERAL
Convent of Mary the Queen, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012
10:00 am

BURIAL
St. Joseph Cemetery, Yonkers, NY

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Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on Feb. 2, 1946.

She earned a BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MA in Communications from New York University.

MINISTRIES
Bronx
•St. Gabriel
1947–48, Teacher
•St. Raymond
1948–59, Teacher
•Boyle Hall
1997–2006, Volunteer/Special Projects, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Projects

Queens
•Our Lady of Angelus
Rego Park, 1959–64, Teacher

Manhattan
•St. Joseph Academy
1964–67, Teacher

Yonkers
•Instructional T.V. Center
1967–89, Program Director
1989–97, Select & Schedule Programming

images/Sr.-Helen-Horton-web.jpgSister Helen Horton, SC

Sister Helen Marie Horton, SC, (Sr. Mary Ligouri) was born on July 23, 1923 in New York City, the only daughter of six children born to Chauncy and Helen Henderson Horton. Helen attended Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, Garden City High School, and worked for five years as a professional singer in such places as the Stork Club and the Hotel Pierre. In spite of her success as an entertainer, Helen realized there was something missing in her life. After much discernment, she entered the Sisters of Charity of New York in February 1946. She received her BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and her MA in Communications from New York University.

Sr. Ligouri’s early years of ministry were spent teaching primary grades. She was assigned to St. Gabriel and St. Raymond, both in the Bronx, Our Lady of Angelus in Rego Park, and St. Joseph’s Academy in Manhattan. In 1967 her ministry in education took on a new dimension when she was assigned to work at the Archdiocesan Instructional TV Center in Yonkers as Program Director. In 1984 Sister Helen received the first annual William E. Fagan award from Children’s Television International, recognizing her “excellence in leadership and contribution to the growth and quality of instructional television.” She retired from ITV in 1997. In an article in Catholic New York at the time she said that the satisfaction she received from her years at ITV had been great. “Reaching so many people, reaching children through the media and helping educate them — that certainly has been very fulfilling for me.”

“Reaching so many people, reaching children through the media and helping educate them — that certainly has been very fulfilling for me.”

Sr. Helen’s beautiful voice continued to be a gift to many throughout her life. She was leader of song at St. Joseph Parish in Yonkers for over 25 years, where she also prepared many children for First Holy Communion.

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

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