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

Sister Ellen Stephen Boykin

Sister Ellen Stephen entered the Sisters of Charity, Halifax in 1944 and began her ministry as a teacher at Saint Joseph School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Moving to New York, she served as a skilled mathematics teacher at Saint Sabastian School, Woodside, NY; Saint Nicholas of Tolentine School, Jamaica, NY; Seton Hall High School, Patchogue, NY; Saint Francis Prep School, Fresh Meadows, NY; Monsignor Ryan Memorial High School, Dorchester, MA; Keith Hall High School, Lowell, MA; Saint Mary's Girls High School, Manhasset, NY; Dominican Commercial High School, Jamaica, NY; Saint John's University, Queens, NY; Archbishop Molloy High School, Briarwood, NY. In between teaching positions she served briefly at the Catholic Medical Center, Jamaica, NY. Upon her retirement to Marillac Residence, Wellesley in 2006, Sister Ellen Stephen welcomed several volunteer ministries as Eucharistic Minister, Assistant Librarian, account assistant for special needs as well as visiting sisters at Elizabeth Seton Residence.

Sister Winifred Cunniff (Anne Mark)

Sister Winifred entered the Sisters of Charity, Halifax in 1957 and was missioned to New York where she began her ministry as an elementary school teacher at Saint Sylvester School in Brooklyn. Following this assignment, she served as teacher and vice principal at Seton Hall High School in Patchogue, NY. Sister Winifred subsequently moved into parish ministry, in Saint Barnabas Parish, Bellmore, NY; Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish, Forest Hills, NY; Saint Mary Magdalene Parish, Springfield Gardens, NY; Saint Laurence Parish, Brooklyn, NY; Saint Gabriel Parish, East Elmhurst, NY and Our Lady of Loretto Parish, Hempstead, NY serving at different times, as the Director of Religious Education, Pastoral Associate and Retreat Director.

Sister Natalie Morris (Annina Marie)

Sister Natalie entered the Sisters of Charity, Halifax in 1951 and was missioned to New York where she began her ministry as a elementary school teacher. In 1973, she took a position as a House Parent in a New York State youth hostel. In 1974 she and her close friend, Sister Patricia Tobin, SC, established Conklin Residence and together were House Parents for exceptional young adults. Sister Natalie ministered in New York until moving to Marillac Residence, Wellesley, MA in 2016.

Sister Maureen Harris (Margaret Dennis)

Sister Maureen's ministry as a Sister of Charity began as a teacher and then as a guidance counselor in several parish schools in Bellmore, Brooklyn, Rego Park and Patchogue, New York. On returning to Boston, she served as a teacher and guidance counselor at Saint Patrick High School in Roxbury. Later, Sister Maureen took on a new ministry at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Boston, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury, MA as an Education Specialist before retiring to Elizabeth Seton Residence.

Sister Ann Regan (James Mary)

Sister Ann's desire to serve the poor and disenfranchised found her missioned to Saint Peter Parish, Lowell, MA, Saint Kevin and Saint Peter Parishes in Dorchester, MA. Sister Ann also served as a member of the Community Leadership Team at Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley, MA, and as a Congregational Councilor on the Congregational Leadership Team.

Sister Evangeline Thompson (Helen Stephen)

Sister Evangeline grew up in Enfield, NS and attended E.H Horne School.  From 1955 to 1971 she was missioned at Saint Brigid’s Home in Quebec, Saint Joseph’s Orphanage in Halifax, Mount Saint Vincent Mother Berchman’s Residence in Halifax and Seton Academy in Vancouver. While missioned in BC she received her certificate as a kindergarten teacher and later studied human resource management in Halifax.

Sister Frances Ryan

RYAN, Sister Frances, SC In her 70th year as a beloved member of the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, NS, "Sister Fran", passed peacefully into the heart of God on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln

Sister Barbara Joseph Walsh (Barbara Walsh)

Sister Barbara Joseph Walsh of Elizabeth Seton Residence, Wellesley Hills, MA, passed away December 8, 2021 at the age of 85. A Sister of Charity for 65 years, she was a devoted educator, missioned in Nova Scotia, Quebec, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Sister Madeline Power (Rose Madeline)

Sister Madeline Mary Power (Rose Madeline) passed away November 27, 2021 at Caritas Residence, Halifax, N.S., at the age of 95. Born in Marystown, N.L., she was a daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Kilfoy) Power. For 36 years, Sister Madeline provided housekeeping and dietary services in the communities of Boston, New York, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Nova Scotia. A large part of her vocation was dedicated to Pastoral Ministries in various hospitals and homes for the aged.

Sister Carol Downing (Mary Teresita)

Sister Carol Downing (Mary Teresita) passed away November 25, 2021, at St. Barnabas Convent, Bellmore, NY, at the age of 96. The wake will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m., at Clair Bartholomew & Son Funeral Home, 302 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore, NY. Please contact the funeral home for more details. A Funeral Mass be follow on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 11:15 a.m., at The Church of St. Barnabas, 408 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore, NY. Interment immediately following the Mass at St. John's Cemetery in Middle Village, NY. Full obituary to follow. May she rest in peace.

Sister Beatrice Thompson (Agnes Rhoda)

Sister Beatrice’s early ministries took her to British Columbia where she served for fourteen years. Upon her return to Halifax in 1961 she ministered at the Halifax Infirmary Hospital and Saint Vincent Guest House where she served in food services and later became the Main Kitchen Supervisor at the Halifax Infirmary. Sister Beatrice had a great appreciation for all who served in Nursing, Housekeeping, Maintenance, and Food Services. She enjoyed great conversation over a cup of coffee.

Sister Eleanor Hedwig Quaderer (Eleanor Frederick)

Eleanor Hedwig Quaderer (Eleanor Frederick) aged 86, died September 3, 2021, at Elizabeth Seton Residence, Wellesley Hills, MA. The daughter of Eleanor M. (Langen) and Frederick E. Quaderer, Eleanor was born in Bellmore, NY on April 5, 1935. She entered the congregation at St. Joseph’s Convent, Halifax, NS, on October 8, 1957. Gentle, quiet and unobtrusive, Sister Eleanor’s first assignments were in Quebec, as a middle-school teacher.

Sister Mary Florence Sutherland (Maria Francis)

Sister Maria gave so much throughout her years as a teacher, psychologist and companion to many people on their life’s journey. She was a woman of deep faith and lived out her life caring for the needs of others. She was very professional in her ministries and served others with great compassion, love and understanding. Sister Maria was a gifted writer and had a beautiful singing voice.

Sister Judith Marie Rollo

 “Loved and energized by the One who called (her),” Sister Judith Rollo, with a great love of the congregation and its mission, heard the cry of the poor in all its variations. She was a “dynamo,” as one priest colleague defined her.

Sister Marguerite Hagarty (Rita Thomas)

Sister Marguerite started out as first grade teacher in New Jersey, USA and delighted teaching little ones, whom she loved. Later, Sister was involved in parish religious education in Amherst, Bridgewater, Dartmouth, Halifax, and Herring Cove. Her ministry also included spiritual development at Springhill Prison and participation in Diocesan Ministries including the New Beginnings Program. She ministered as Hospital Chaplain at the QEll Health Sciences Centre and was Community Leader at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse Retirement Community, a ministry for which she is fondly remembered.

Sister Helen Balch (Helen Joseph)

Sister began her ministry, teaching elementary school and music in New York then returned to teach in Halifax and Shad Bay. Sister Helen used her business training in the Financial and Secretarial offices at the Halifax Infirmary, Mount Saint Vincent DePaul Centre and Pax Provincial House.

Sister Mary MacIntyre (Mary Elmer)

She was a well loved teacher who taught school for 41 years in Nova Scotia, Alberta, Labrador and New York. For fifteen of her years in Education she served as Principal in Herring Cove and then in Enfield. Sister Mary was highly respected by her students and their families for her compassionate dedication to learning and her commitment to ensure that every student received the education and personalized support they required to succeed.

Sister Josephine D’Agostino (Marion Paschal)

Sister Josephine D’Agostino passed away on April 29, 2021 in Long Island, NY. The daughter of loving Italian parents, Mariana (Napolitano) and Paschal D’Agostino, Josephine maintained a deep relationship with her family all her life. Josephine Anna was born on March 1, 1936, on Staten Island, NY. From Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Staten Island, she entered the congregation at St. Joseph Convent, Halifax, NS, September 30, 1953. Sister Josephine’s teaching career began immediately after profession at St. Peter School in Lowell, MA., and she held teacher certification in both Nova Scotia and New York.

Sister Jane Ann Houlihan (Paul Christine)

A Sister of Charity for 69 years who was missioned in Our Lady of the Angels School, Richmond Hill, NY; Saint Aidan School, Williston Park, NY. Saint Peter School, Dorchester; Saint Gregory School, Dorchester; Aids Care Center for Children, Roxbury; Youville Hospital, Cambridge; Saint Joseph Home, Dorchester; Elizabeth Seton Residence, Wellesley; Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley.

Sister Joan Bernadette Mayer

Sister Joan Bernadette was missioned at Resurrection-Ascension School, Rego Park, NY from 1947-48 and 1954-1956; St Sylvester School, Brooklyn from 1948-53; Our Lady of Angels, Brooklyn from 1965-74; St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, Jamaica, NY from 1974-77. Sister Joan also ministered outside the Brooklyn Diocese in  St. Barnabas School, Bellmore, NY; Mercy Hospital, NY; and Dominican Village Senior Residence, NY., Sister Joan Bernadette retired to and resided at Marillac Residence, Wellesley Hills, from 2001 until her death.

Sister Maureen Regan (Rose Edward)

Sister Maureen began her teaching ministry in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1945 as a primary teacher. She returned to Halifax in 1947, continuing to teach primary grades at St. Patrick's for 11 years. Maureen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958 and her Masters in English Literature in 1967 at Mount Saint Vincent University. She taught in Quebec for four years, then returned to Nova Scotia teaching various grades in the Halifax and Dartmouth area until 1975. In 1981, she received her Certificate in Theological Studies from Loyola University in Chicago. After retiring from teaching, Sister Maureen was the Director of Novices in the Canadian Novitiate and later Director of the Renewal Center at Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse, Halifax. Later, she worked part time at the Archives at Mount Saint Vincent. In 1988, Sister Maureen was elected to the Halifax Provincial Council of the Sisters of Charity, serving for four years. During those years, she was also a part time lecturer in children's literature at Mount Saint Vincent University and taught in the Mount's Literacy Program.

Sister Anne Marie Harlow

A Sister of Charity for 47 years who was missioned at Bon Secours Hospital, Methuen; St. John's Hospital; Family Counseling and Guidance Center; Cambridge Family and Children's, Lowell; Private Practice, Andover.

Sister Cynthia Noble (Brian Michael)

A Sister of Charity for 56 years who was missioned in Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Vancouver, BC and locally in St. Michael School, North Andover, MA; St. Margaret School, Dorchester; St. Joseph School, Needham; St. Patrick School, Roxbury; Boston College, Chestnut Hill; Holy Name School, West Roxbury; Canton Public Schools, Canton.

Sister Mary Lavers (Mary Jeannette)

Over the years, Sister Mary taught in Cape Breton, Halifax and Dartmouth, specializing in Home Economics, Elementary Education and Reading Resource. She served on the Provincial Elementary Language Arts Curriculum Committee. Following her time in education, Sister worked in parish ministry at Saint Stephen and St. John the Baptist parishes in Halifax.

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

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

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