Remembering Sisters2017-03-01T18:31:29+00:00

Sister Joan Verner (John Christopher)

Sister Joan Verner began her career as a teacher, beginning in the elementary grades, and subsequently in junior and senior high schools. She taught at Resurrection –Ascension, Rego Park, NY (1956-’62); Our Lady’s Convent, Vancouver, BC (1962-’65); as teacher and Principal at St. Anthony Convent, Renton WA (1965-72); and at Sacred Heart, Riverton, NJ (1972-’75). When she was assigned to St. Aidan Convent, Williston Park, NY, she began teaching history and social studies at St. Mary’s Girls High School in Manhasset, NY. Joan was an excellent teacher and also Dean of Discipline. She was serious but witty, and judged always with a sense of fairness. She acted justly.

Sister Margaret Shine

A Sister of Charity for 74 years who was missioned in Halifax, Glace Bay, North Sydney Nova Scotia, Williston Park, and Brooklyn, N.Y. Locally at Lowell, North Andover, Mount Saint Vincent and Elizabeth Seton Residence in Wellesley, Mass.

Sister Maureen Bernius

A Sister of Charity for 58 years who was missioned in Jamaica, NY, Richmond Hill, NY, Rego Park, NY and Marillac Residence at Mount St. Vincent, Wellesley.

Sister Claire Theresa Dill

A Sister of Charity for 73 years who was missioned in Brooklyn, NY and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Locally in Academy of the Assumption, Wellesley; St. Francis of Assisi, Medford; St. Peter, Lowell; St. Patrick, Lawrence; St. Michael, North Andover.

Sister Anne Hegarty (Anne Gerald)

Upon her Profession as a Sister of Charity she was assigned to Saint Joseph’s Parish in Needham, MA. After 5 years in Needham, she was reassigned to St. Peter’s in Lowell, MA where she spent 8 years. For the next 39 years she taught at Lawrence Catholic Academy (formerly St. Patrick Grammar School).

Sister Ann Whalen (Ann Maureen)

Sister Ann graduated with both her Certified Nursing Assistant and her Certified Practical Nursing from the Halifax Infirmary. She began her nursing ministry in Halifax at Mother Berchman’s Residence and the Halifax Infirmary. She continued her nursing ministry in Quebec and New York. In 1981 she was transferred to Halifax Province and resumed nursing at Mother Berchman’s Infirmary. After retiring from Nursing, Sister Ann studied Pastoral Care in Ottawa and carried out her new ministry in Halifax at St. Vincent Guest House, Parkstone Enhance Care, the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse and Caritas Residence.

Sister Patricia Tobin

Sister Pat Tobin, Sister of Charity, while born in Dorchester, MA spent all of her ministry years as a Sister of Charity in the New York area.

Sister Ann Marie Barry

A Sister of Charity for 61 years who was missioned in Woodside, Brooklyn and Fresh Meadows, NY. Locally in Lynn and Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley.

Sister Regina Cushing (Catherine Richard)

A Sister of Charity for 68 years who was missioned in St. Sebastian, Woodside, NY; Our Lady of the Cenacle, Richmond Hill, NY; Our Lady Help of Christians, Brooklyn, NY. and locally, St. Paul Convent, Wellesley; St. Margaret, Dorchester; Marillac Residence and Elizabeth Seton Residence, Wellesley.

Sister Vincentine Goggin

A Sister of Charity for 70 years who was missioned to St. Patrick High School, Quebec, Canada, locally; St. Patrick School, Roxbury; Academy of the Assumption, Wellesley, St. Boniface Parish, Quincy; Marillac and Elizabeth Seton Residences, Wellesley.

Sister Marie Gillen (John Raymond)

A Sister of Charity for 70 years who was missioned in Brooklyn, NY; Richmond Hill, NY; Riverton, NJ; Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Mount Saint Vincent University Halifax, Nova Scotia; St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia and Middleton, Nova Scotia; locally in Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley.

Sister Teresa Torley (Cyril James)

Torley, Sister Teresa (Cyril James), 93 died at Caritas Residence, Halifax, N.S. on July 12, 2019. Born in Stellarton, she was a daughter to James and Catherine (Quinn) Torley.  Sister Teresa entered the Sisters of Charity–Halifax on September 8, [...]

Sister Maryalice Boyce

Sister Maryalice Boyce, RN, died peacefully on May 17, 2019 at Eagleridge Hospital, Coquitlam, BC. Born on January 15th, 1932 in Camp Creek, AB she was the daughter of the late James and Grace (Weikel) Boyce.

Sister Agnes Paula Hatchette

Sister Agnes Paula began her teaching ministry in Glace Bay then came to Halifax where she continued in teaching and administration at Saint Mary’s and Saint Stephen’s Schools. In 1968 she was missioned to Mount Saint Vincent University where she worked in Student Services and later joined the Faculty of Education Department. In addition to teaching, Sister was the Co-ordinator of Student Teaching. After retiring from MSVU she was appointed Director of Transportation at the Motherhouse.

Sister Anne Prendergast (Anne Patricia)

A Sister of Charity for 67 years who was missioned in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and Richmond Hill, New York, locally: St. Joseph, Needham, St. Patrick, Lawrence, St. Patrick, Roxbury, Aquinas Junior College, Milton, Marillac and Elizabeth Seton Residences, Wellesley.

Sister Katherine Nickerson (Catherine Josephine)

Sister Katherine entered the Sisters of Charity–Halifax on September 8, 1944 and made her First Profession on April 6, 1947.  She is an alumna of Mount Saint Vincent University.  Sister Katherine began her teaching ministry in Halifax; then went to B.C. where she continued her ministry in teaching and administration for schools in Vancouver, Kelowna and Burnaby. Sister was also involved beyond the classroom, supporting students and parents in a variety of programs and auxiliary groups.  After retiring from teaching, Sister continued with Pastoral Ministry at St. Mary’s Parish in Vancouver.

Sister Ann McKeon (Sister Joseph Bridget)

A Sister of Charity for 59 years who was missioned in Brooklyn, Bellmore, Bellerose, Point Lookout and Fresh Meadows, New York, locally in Marillac Residence, Mount Saint Vincent and Elizabeth Seton Residence Wellesley.

Sister Jean Waldron (Mary Winifred)

A Sister of Charity for 62 years who was missioned in Riverton, NJ; Brooklyn; Patchogue and Bellmore, New York; locally in Quincy, Dover, Needham and Wellesley.

Sister Ellen Donovan (Jean Michael)

Sister Ellen was active in many ministries teams and committees including, teaching summer school, pastoral work, choir, massage therapy, work with the Diocesan Team, vocations, social justice, and associates. In recent years, she was involved in Peace Quest Cape Breton, Charity Associates, Coal Town Chorus, Family Violence, Victims of Sexual Abuse and Trafficking, Global Concerns, Diocesan Vocational Committees, massage therapy and reki.

Sister Rita Cummings (Edward Elizabeth)

Sister Rita was a Sister of Charity for 81 years who was missioned in Westmont, NJ; Dartmouth, NS; Kimberley, BC; Renton, WA.; Brooklyn and Bellmore, NY, locally: St. Peter’s, Dorchester; St. Joseph’s, Needham; Marillac Residence and Elizabeth Seton Residence

Sister Rita McNeil (Teresa Florence)

Sister Rita taught school in Amherst, N.S.; Brooklyn, N.Y. and Glace Bay, N.S. Sister was also involved with Pastoral Ministries at Seaview Manor and Seton Centre in Glace Bay. Sister Rita was a gentle kind person who always had a positive outlook on life.

Sister Anne Fleming (Michael Mary)

Sister Anne taught school in Woodside, New York, and St. Joseph-A. McKay, Halifax.  She worked as Pastoral Assistant at St. John Vianney, Lower Sackville.  Sister Anne was Provincial Superior, Halifax from 1980-1988.  She was active in the parishes of St. Ignatius, Bedford and Saint Mother Theresa, Halifax.

Sister Helen Norris (Sister Helen Elizabeth)

For twelve years, Sister Helen taught in Dorchester, Wellesley Hills and Roxbury, Massachusetts. In 1964 Sister returned to Canada and worked in the Admitting Office of St. Elizabeth Hospital, North Sydney. In 1966 she was assigned to the Motherhouse where she worked in the Business Office until her retirement in 1994. She then volunteered in various activities with the Sisters at the Motherhouse until she moved to Caritas Residence in 2008.

I see the everlasting hills so near,
and the door of my Eternity so wide open.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton