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

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.

Sister Cecilia Margaret Young

Sister Margaret’s life was all about enhancing the lives of others through music education. An accomplished artist in piano and organ, Sister taught music at MSV College as well as teaching private piano and organ students.  She was a professor of Fine Arts, Education and Early Childhood Education at MSVU. Sister also taught at Shannon Park, Caledonia, Prince Andrew, Westmount Elementary, MSV Academy and at Mount Saint Agnes Academy in Bermuda. Sister Margaret served as choir director and organist in many Halifax parishes as well as Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse, Mount Saint Vincent University and most recently at the Veteran’s Hospital. Sister was awarded the MSVU Jubilee Distinguished Alumna Award and her name is placed on the MSVU Women's Wall of Honour. Sister also found great joy in her work with a group of Associates of the Sisters of Charity.

Sister Marcia McQuaid

A Sister of Charity for 29 years who was missioned in Dorchester, Needham, Waltham and at Mt. St. Vincent, Marillac Residence, Wellesley.

Sister Marguerite Francis Armstrong

A Sister of Charity for 69 years who was missioned in Woodside, NY; Renton Washington; Alberta, Canada; Halifax, Nova Scotia and Bermuda. Locally; Lawrence, North Andover, Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley and South Dennis.

Sister Frances Teresa Martin (Mary Teresa)

Sister taught music in Amherst, NS for several years before being assigned to the West where she taught music for over 30 years both privately and in schools in Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and Edmonton.  Upon retiring in 1992, Sister returned to the Motherhouse where she contributed not only her musical talents but also became Archivist for the Sisters of Charity. 

Sister Mary Appollonia de Jong

Sister Appollonia entered the Sisters of Charity in 1942 and made her first profession in 1945. Sister worked for 27 years in a variety of internal ministries in Vancouver and Kelowna B.C., Havre Boucher, Amherst, Micmac, New Waterford N.S. as well as the Halifax Infirmary, Mount Saint Vincent College and the Motherhouse. Beginning in 1972 she ministered at St. Vincent Guest House as Sacristan and in the Activity Department until her retirement in 1995.

Sister Nora McDonald (Maria John)

Sister Nora entered the Sisters of Charity in 1951 and made her first profession in 1954. She taught school mainly in the Primary Grades in Rego Park, NY and at St. Stephen’s and St. Mary’s School in Halifax and St. Edmund’s, Winnipeg, Manitoba. On retiring from teaching she worked as a Home Support Worker which included Ministry to the Elderly in Winnipeg until her return to Caritas Residence in 2009.

Sister Eileen Galvin (Joan Patrice)

Sister Eileen Galvin, SC, (Sister Joan Patrice) of Mt. St. Vincent, Wellesley Hills, on June 14, 2018. A Sister of Charity for 65 years who was missioned in North Sydney, NS and Manchester, NH., locally Dorchester and Needham, Academy of the Assumption and Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley.

Sister Agnes Burrows (Agnes Christine)

We announce the passing of Sr. Agnes Burrows, a Sister of Charity of Halifax, into new life. During her lengthy illness, she displayed much courage and a positive attitude. She was a great inspiration to us and showed us how we should die. Sister Agnes passed away on Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at the Glace Bay Hospital.

Sister Margaret Grace O’Connor (Margaret Anne)

Sister Margaret Grace O’Connor, SC (Margaret Anne) of Mt. St. Vincent, Wellesley Hills, on May 6, 2018. A Sister of Charity who was missioned in Brooklyn, NY and Wayne, NJ. Locally in Lawrence, Lowell, Medford, Needham, West Roxbury and Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley.

Sister Mary Rosaleen Dynan

Sister Mary Rosaleen Dynan (Mollie) of Mt. St. Vincent, Wellesley Hills, on May 6, 2018. A Sister of Charity who was missioned in Brooklyn, New York and Quebec, Canada, Locally Lowell, Lawrence, North Andover and Manchester, NH. Needham, Manchester, NH.

Sister Marianne Howell (Edgar Marie)

SISTER MARIANNE HOWELL, SC (Sister Edgar Marie) of Mt. St. Vincent, Wellesley Hills, on April 15, 2018. A Sister of Charity for 67 years who was missioned in Halifax, Nova Scotia; West Chezzecook, Nova Scotia; Dorval, Quebec; Vancouver, B.C. Sister was missioned for a significant time at St. Barnabas in Belmore, NY. Locally; Needham and Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley.

Sister Sadie Henneberry (Edmund Elizabeth)

Henneberry, Sister Sadie (Edmund Elizabeth) died March 26, 2018 at Mount Lane, Parkstone Enhanced Care, Halifax. She was the daughter of Edmund and Elizabeth(Williams) Henneberry. She entered the Sisters of Charity in 1948 and made her first profession in [...]

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

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton