This issue of Charity Alive highlights some of the high schools in which we served. Academy of the Assumption Seton Hall Katimavik High [...]
Sister Mary Ellen’s ministry was multi-faceted. She began as a teacher at Saint Patrick Grammar School in Roxbury, MA where she also coached the girls’ high school basketball team. Shortly thereafter, she assumed the role of Coordinator of Formation and Assistant Director of Novices for the Sisters of Charity in Boston. Following this assignment, Sister Mary Ellen served as a high school teacher at Seton Hall High School in Patchogue, NY and as Project Director at Selden – Centereach Youth Association. During that time, she also served as a board member for the Sisters of Charity New York Province. In 1980 Sister Mary Ellen was elected to the General Council of the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, a position she held for eight years. After a sabbatical she began full-time study to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work at Boston College and completed her active ministry at Boston City Hospital as a Medical Social Worker.
She entered the Sisters of Charity in 1949 and professed her vows in 1952. Sister Pat was born with the heart of a teacher and for the first eighteen years of ministry taught primary school children at Saint Mary School in Canton, NY and Saint Peter School, Dorchester, MA. However, her passion was to serve in the field of Special Education. Earning a Master's degree in that field, Sister Pat served at Saint Mary School, Randolph, Saint Colletta School, Hanover, MA and Saint Colletta Day School, Braintree, MA. Her devotion to those with disabilities drew her to L'Arche, Irenicon in Haverhill, MA, an organization which serves adults with disabilities through homes in which people with and without disabilities share life together. Sister Pat ministered as Spiritual Coordinator there for 29 years. Completing her time at L'Arche, Sister Pat retired to Marillac Residence and later to Elizabeth Seton Residence at Mount Saint Vincent in Wellesley, where she continued to share her gentle and joyful spirit with everyone.
She was a dedicated and creative educator who taught elementary and junior high students in St. Peter, Dorchester, MA; Mount St. Agnes Academy, Bermuda; Our Lady of Perpetual Help School; Vancouver, BC; Christ the King Junior High and Vanier Catholic Secondary School, Whitehorse, YT. After thirty-nine years serving as an educator, she re tired and moved to Halifax, NS, where she was involved in the ministry of hospitality at DePaul Centre. From 2006 until her death, Sister Mary worked as the SC Coordinator of the Heritage Room.
She entered the Sisters of Charity in 1953 and ministered as a teacher in Saint Kevin and Saint Margaret Schools, Dorchester, MA, Saint Aidan School in Williston Park, NY and Saint Barnabas School and Parish, Long Island, NY. Sister William Noreen served in many administrative roles both as teacher and principal and was the founding principal of the Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Bellmore, NY. As a teacher her love of children was ever- present in her kindness, fairness and love. After retiring from education, she ministered in Saint Barnabas Parish as a Pastoral Associate, visiting local home-bound elders, the sick in hospitals and was involved with hospice care. Her devotion to the poor was outstanding and was evidenced by her constant commitment to the Saint Vincent dePaul Society. Sister William Noreen retired to Marillac Residence at Mount Saint Vincent in Wellesley in 2016 and with her upbeat spirit was always caring for the needs of others.
Sister Pat devoted her life to spiritual direction in pastoral and parochial ministry. Originally from Staten Island, New York, she entered the Congregation in 1967 at Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. Sister Pat was a Certified Christian Doctrine Instructor, and worked with the Diocese of Hamilton Bermuda and Saginaw, MI. She served much of her ministry in the United States, and later in Canada where she served her Congregation in Leadership as a Congregational Councillor, as Adult Formation Director, Seton Spirituality Centre, Terence Bay, and Chaplain for Caritas Residence, Halifax. A beautiful vocalist, she gave joyful witness to love with every breath and will be remembered with love.
Sister Ruth shared life with us for 84 years. Her ministry in education and pastoral care spanned six decades in Nova Scotia. As a teacher at St. Patrick, St. Catherine, St. Thomas Aquinas schools in Halifax, and Bedford Central, a beloved literacy tutor in Dartmouth, and the Chaplain of the IWK Children’s Hospital, Sister Ruth was very well known and loved in her local community. Sister Ruth was devoted to her parish, St. Pius, and acted as a parochial visitor to the Grace Maternity and Halifax Infirmary Hospitals to offer spiritual care.
Sister Anne shared life with us for 71 years and was a beloved educator in Nova Scotia and Massachusetts, who gave joyful witness to love. Sister Anne served her Congregation as Provincial Superior in Quincy, MA and as Provincial Treasurer in Boston, MA. She also served as Religious Education Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Halifax, as well as the Director of Formation in Halifax and as the Boston Office Treasurer for her Congregation.
Having received her BSc. and her BA at Mount St. Vincent University, Sister began her teaching career in the intermediate grades at St. Patrick’s, Lawrence, MA and subsequently at St. Anne’s, Glace Bay, NS; at St. Sylvester’s, Woodside, NY, and at St. Barnabas Convent, Bellmore, NY. After attaining her MSW from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, she served at Southside Hospital, Bayside, NY, and at the Senior Center in Rockville Center, NY.