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Sister Patricia Keating, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on April 27, 2017 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

     Born in Bronx, NY on November 10, 1942, Patricia was the daughter of Patrick and Abina Barry Keating. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1960 and received the name Sister Kevin Michael.  She professed her first vows in 1962 and her final vows in 1967.

     Sister Patricia received a BS in Education, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY in 1965 and her MA in Urban Affairs from St. Louis University, MO in 1978.

     Sister Patricia served in the Archdiocese of New York as a teacher in

St. Anthony School, Nanuet (1962-1965). In 1965, Sister Patricia went to St. Louis and taught in St. Mark’s/DePorres School (1965-1980); Bishop Healy School (1980-1981) and Holy Guardian Angels School where she served as Principal from 1981-1984. In 1984, Sister Patricia was elected to Congregational Leadership serving as a member of the Executive Team from 1984-1988 and was then elected President. Sister Patricia served two four-year terms (1988-1996). From 1997-2005, Sister Patricia served as Regional Coordinator for Catholic Charities and Vicar for Religious in Charleston, SC,  then served as Director of Neighborhood House until 2011.She continued in ministry in Charleston before returning to Dominican Convent in 2016.

     Sister Patricia is predeceased by her parents Patrick and Abina Barry Keating and her brother Philip. She is survived by her brother Thomas and several nieces and nephews.

     Sister Patricia Keating was a kind and compassionate person. She served her God and congregation faithfully for over fifty-seven years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she be brought swiftly into the fullness of joy in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Phan Vu, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on April 19, 2017 in in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

     Born in Vietnam, Sister Phan came to the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary on August 14, 1975 having fled Vietnam by boat in April 1975. In Vietnam, Sister was a member of the Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena where she professed her first vows in April 1962 and her final vows in April 1968.

     Sister Phan received a BS in Social Science from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY in 1987.

     From 1962-1975 Sister Phan was a teacher in St. Mary’s Elementary School, Saigon. After coming to the United States, she served from 1978-1980 as a bilingual teacher for the Catholic Community Services in Newark, NJ. Sister Phan worked as a social worker for the Resettlement Office in New York (1981-1986). From 1987-2002 Sister Phan was a case worker for St. Vincent Services in Brooklyn, NY, along with working in the Infant-Toddler Care Program at St. Rita’s Center for Immigrant and Refugee Services, Bronx, NY. From 2002-2004 she served as an interpreter for Vietnamese people in Lansdale, PA and from 2006-2009 ministered in Sioux City, IA at Sacred Heart School before retiring to Dominican Convent. 

     Sister Phan is survived by her brother, Thuan Vu, and a niece, Linh Vu, who reside in Florida, and by family who continue to reside in Vietnam.  

     Sister Phan Vu was a compassionate person. She served her God faithfully for over fifty-five years as a Dominican Sister of St. Catherine of Siena and Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she be brought swiftly into the fullness of joy in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Rose Respol, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on April 9, 2017 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in New York, NY on March 29, 1918, Mollie was the daughter of Louis and Rose Di Martini Respol. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1950 and received the name Sister Rose Dominic. She professed her first vows in 1952 and her final vows in 1957.

    Sister Rose received a BS in Education, Fordham University, New York in 1957 and her MLS in Library Science from St. John’s University, New York in 1962.

    Sister Rose served in the Archdiocese of New York as a teacher in St. Rita’s School, Bronx, NY (1952-1957), St. Anthony’s School, Nanuet, NY (1957-1965), Rosary Academy, Sparkill, NY (1965-1969), Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1969-1973), and St. Agnes, Sparkill, NY (1973-1977). Sister Rose served as a Librarian in St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (1977-1979) and St. Helena Commercial High School, Bronx, NY (1979-1980). From 1980-1984 Sister Rose served on her congregation’s Executive Team and in 1984 went to teach at New Hope Manor, Barryville, NY, where she served until 2008 before coming to Dominican Convent.

    Sister Rose is predeceased by her parents Louis and Rose Di Martini Respol and her brothers, George and John. She is survived by her nieces Anne, Barbara, Louise and Denise and her nephew Louis, along with several grandnieces and grandnephews and their families.

    Sister Rose was a kind and compassionate person. She served her God and congregation faithfully for over sixty-seven years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she be brought swiftly into the fullness of joy in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Anna Louisa Zummo, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on April 4, 2017 in Nyack Hospital, Nyack, NY.

     Born in Brooklyn, NY on October 21, 1925, Maria Theresa (Mary) was the daughter of Anthony and Anna Puglisi Zummo. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on February 2, 1950 and received the name Sister Anna Louisa. She professed her first vows in 1951 and her final vows in 1956.

     Sister Anna Louisa received a BS in English, Fordham University, New York in 1956 and her MS in Education from Queens College, New York in 1970.

     Sister Anna Louisa served in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn as a teacher in St. Helena School, Bronx (1951-1956), Sacred Heart School, Suffern (1956-1957), St. Martin of Tours School, Bronx (1957), St. Edmund School, Brooklyn (1957-1967). In 1967 Sr. Anna went to Aquinas High School where she taught until 2002. From 2002-2009 Sr. Anna remained at Aquinas as a substitute teacher before coming to Siena Hall in 2009.

     Sister Anna Louisa is predeceased by her parents Anthony and Anna Puglisi Zummo and her siblings, Antoinette, Vincent, Elizabeth and Patrick. She is survived by her brother Anthony, sister-in-law Lucille, her sister Marge and many nephews and nieces.

     Sister Anna Louisa was a kind and compassionate person. She served her God and congregation faithfully for over sixty-seven years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she be brought swiftly into the fullness of joy in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Helen Francis Curnan, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on March 27, 2017 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. 

    Born in New York City, NY on October 9, 1927, Helen was the daughter of Francis and Helen Connolly Curnan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1946 and received the name Sister Helen Francis. She professed her first vows in 1948 and her final vows in 1953.

     Sister Helen Francis received a BA in English, Manhattan College, New York in 1953 and her MA in English from St. John’s University, New York in 1956.

     Sister Helen Francis served in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn as a teacher in St. Helena School, Bronx, NY (1948-1953), Mary Queen of Heaven (1953-1955), St. Helena High School (1955-1956), and Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1956-1961). Sister Helen Francis was principal of St. Augustine School, New City, NY (1961-1966). From 1966-1968 Sister Helen served in Formation for Junior Professed Sisters in Sparkill. She then returned to teaching and from 1968-1975 was at Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY, followed by St. Helena Commercial High School (1975-1989). Sister Helen served as Librarian at St. John Chrysostom School (1989-1998) and then assisted in the Development Office of Msgr. Scanlan High School (1998-2000) and Dominican Convent (2000-2006) before retiring to Siena Hall.

     Sister Helen Francis is predeceased by her parents Francis and Helen Curnan and two siblings, Catherine and Francis Patrick. She is survived by three nephews and a niece.

     Sister Helen Francis was a very kind and caring person. She served her God and congregation faithfully for over seventy years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she be brought swiftly into the fullness of joy in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

 

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