Sister Joan received her B.Sc. in Elementary Education from Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax and her post graduate diploma from UNB, Fredericton. Sister Joan began her ministry teaching in Williston Park and Richmond Hill New York, before returning to the Maritimes to teach in Bathurst NB; Halifax, Musquodoboit and Cole Harbour NS. In 1990 Sister Joan returned to university, obtaining her Masters of Theology from the Atlantic School of Theology and her Masters of Arts in Pastoral Care/Health Services from Saint Paul’s University Ottawa. She received her certification as a specialist in Pastoral Care in 1995 from C.A.P.P.E. in Halifax. While in graduate studies in Ottawa she served as Chaplain at Carleton Hospital. Upon graduation she served as Director of Pastoral Care at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in NB and then at Cape Breton Regional Hospital in NS. In 1999 she returned to Halifax and was appointed Hospital Chaplain at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. From 2001-2009 Sister Joan was missioned to Quebec to serve with the Spiritual Care Ministry at Saint Elizabeth Centre.
Sister Timothy Marie Hogan, beloved Sister of Charity, Halifax for 82 years, entered peacefully into eternal life on August 28, 2022 at the age of 100. Missioned in 1943 to Our Lady Help of Christians School in Brooklyn, NY where she taught elementary grades for six years. She spent the next sixteen years of ministry in various school in Nova Scotia, returning to Saint Patrick School, Lawrence, MA in 1965. Sister Timothy spent twenty-three years teaching at Saint Patrick School. She took an assignment at Most Precious Blood School and then serving as volunteer substitute teacher at Saint Patrick’s until retiring in 1998. Timothy moved to Marillac Residence, Wellesley, MA in 2006. Throughout her ministry in education, she taught religious education classes in the parishes in which she served as moderating the parish sodality in Dartmouth NS.
Sister Dorothy was involved in Education, serving as a teacher and administrator for thirty-six years. She taught in New York (Woodside), Nova Scotia (Halifax, New Aberdeen, Bedford, Lower Sackville and Enfield) and British Columbia (Vancouver). She served as a principal in Nova Scotia (Port Hawkesbury) and Province of Quebec (St. Michel). She worked with the Halifax Municipal School Board, teaching special education classes. She also taught Religious Education classes. For seven years, Sister Dorothy served at Seton House of Prayer in British Columbia (Summerland and Kelowna) where she supported pastoral ministers, directed retreats, and provided spiritual direction. In 1991, she transferred to St. Vincent Convent, Edmonton, Alberta where she was involved in congregational administration. She continued working in administration when she returned to Halifax and served in leadership at Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse. She moved to Caritas Residence and served as a volunteer from 2008 until she retired in 2011.
Sister Anne entered the Sisters of Charity, Halifax in 1948 and was missioned to Saint Peter School in Dorchester, MA where she began her ministry as an elementary school teacher. Following this assignment she served at Saint Pius Memorial School in Halifax, Saint Mary School in Port Hawkesbury, and Saint Catherine School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, coming back to Saint Peter School, Dorchester in 1967. Sister Anne returned to native New York in 1972 to teach at Saint Barnabas School, Bellmore, Our Lady of the Cenacle School, Richmond Hill where she served for several years and continued on as a substitute teacher there and at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine School, Jamaica into her retirement years. Sister Anne’s ministry was not confined to the classroom. She found herself involved in many parish activities wherever she was missioned—Religious Education, Sodality, adult and children’s choir, training Alter Servers, Sisters of Charity Auxiliary and as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.
Sister Joan entered the Sisters of Charity, Halifax in 1949 and began her ministry as a teacher at Saint Patrick School in Quebec. Sister Joan was then missioned to Boston where she taught at Saint Kevin School and Saint Peter School, Dorchester, MA and Saint Michael School, North Andover, MA for almost fifteen years. In 1967, Sister Joan returned to her native New York to teach at Resurrection-Ascension School and Maria Regina High School in Uniondale, NY. She then was missioned to Saint Barnabas School in Bellmore, where she served as Principal. Toward the end of her educational career, Sister Joan accepted a position as a Residential Counselor at Boys Hope International in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she worked with adolescent boys in need of support and direction. Following this, she returned to New York to serve in the New York Childhood Center at Saint Brendan School in Brooklyn as an Educational Assistant. Her last teaching assignment was at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine School in Jamaica, NY before retiring to Marillac Residence at Mount Saint Vincent in Wellesley in 2012.
Beloved daughter of the late Louis and the late Edith (Diedrick) Russo. Beloved sister of the late Linda Dombroski and husband John. Loving aunt of Dolores Gold and husband Mark, Robert Dombroski and wife Ingrid. Loving grand aunt of Michael & Daniel Gold, Robert John Dombroski and wife Tabitha, Kristyn Kieran and husband Kevin. Loving great grand aunt of Dustin Dombroski and Ella Chase. Devoted member of the Sisters of Charity - Halifax Cherished colleague, friend, and educator.
Sister Joan began her career teaching at Mount Saint Vincent Academy in Halifax. From there her teaching ministry brought her to Bridgewater NS, then across Canada to British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, before returning east to Ontario and then New York.
Sister Catherine received her BSc in Home Economics from Mount St Vincent College in 1948. She taught Home Economics in New Waterford, and later at Mount Saint Vincent College from 1958-1965. Sister Catherine spent four years as the Dietician at the Halifax Infirmary. In 1968 Sister earned a master’s degree in nutrition and management from Cornell University, N.Y. In 1970 when the call went out from the congregation for the Sisters to go to Latin America, S Catherine volunteered and first went to Chiclayo, Peru for six months. From there she went to Bani, Dominican Republic where she would spend the next 40 years.
Since the early 2000’s, 12 of us have been present at Bread and Life. Its mission and ours resonate.
A spectacular balloon sculpture, music, two artisanal cakes, but most important of all, about 150 friends old and new marked the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Centro Corazón de María, the ministry to the Latino community in Hampton Bays, New York.