Sister Agnes Catherine Coyle
Sister Agnes Catherine turned 95 in January. In the beginning of 2020 she told her story in an oral history interview for the archives.
Her story begins in Dorchester, where as the middle child of ten she was often seen accompanying sisters in St. Peter’s Parish, where she attended grammar school. Her older sister, Catherine, entered the convent 10 years ahead of her, and as soon as Agnes graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1942 she was off to join the Sisters of Charity – Halifax herself.
Early missions included teaching in Our Lady of Angels, Brooklyn, St. Agnes, New Waterford, and several schools in Massachusetts. Her formal work in nursing followed volunteering in The Martin one summer. In her fifties she went to Boston City Hospital for her LPN. It was then that she found her true calling. In 1976 she moved to Wellesley where she found her niche in caring for those in Elizabeth Seton Residence and especially spending time with those who were dying.
A special blessing for her (and for those she served) has been her work with the dying. For her it is a matter of not letting people die alone. In this time of pandemic we are more aware than ever what a compassionate act of love that is.