From the Archives — In Celebration of the Art Walk
Highlighting four Sister artists from our Congregation’s history.
Highlighting four Sister artists from our Congregation’s history.
Her first ministry with the Sisters of Charity took her to Brooklyn, NY in 1957. There she served as housekeeper at Saint Sylvester Convent. She returned to Halifax in 1959. For 30 years, Sister Bernadette worked at Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse in the Cafeteria. She was appointed Cafeteria Supervisor in 1972 and served in that capacity until 1989. Following her retirement, she continued to contribute to the quality of life at the Motherhouse, then at Caritas Residence by applying her talents where needed. Sister Bernadette was a skilled seamstress tending to the sewing needs of the community. She was mentored in the role of Sacristan while at the Motherhouse. When the Sisters moved to Caritas Residence, Sister Bernadette brought and upheld the Sacristans’ traditions and standards meticulously. She took great care and pride in everything she did, some even cited her work as perfection. Sister Bernadette’s quiet and gentle ways were her gifts. She was faithful, observant, kind and caring. She was very devoted to her chapel ministry. Sister Bernadette was also a cherished member of the Sisters of Charity choir for many years and loved music throughout her whole life.
Edna put her education to good use in the community. She was the Director of Computer Services for the Provincial Offices in Brooklyn and Middle Village. She computerized Provincial Office data across all departments; she created and published the New York Province Newsletter. She was also a talented photographer and took pictures at most community functions. She worked on various community projects; for example, the annual Golf Outing Committee, a fund raising project. Outside the community she gave computer workshops at St. John’s University while also working as a computer expert for various small businesses.
Sister Maureen spent many years in New York teaching on Long Island and in Brooklyn parishes, as well as co-managing a group home for at-risk girls. She returned to her beloved home parish of Saint Peter's, Dorchester, MA, where she taught for several more years before retiring to Marillac Residence at Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley, MA in 2013. Sister Maureen was known everywhere for her generous spirit, her wonderful laugh and big smile. She loved her students and treasured her years teaching, and especially loved mentoring new, young teachers.
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.