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Sister Winifred Marie O’Halloran died on March 16, 2020 in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 92 years old.

   Born in New York City October 30, 1927 Mary Theresa was the daughter of Michael and Winifred Cloonan O’Halloran. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8,1949 and received the name Sister Winifred Marie. She professed her first vows in 1951 and final vows in 1956.

    Sister Winifred Marie received a BS in Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY,1956; an MA in Business from the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, 1964; Certification in Sacred Theology, Providence College, RI, 1969; and certification in Administration and Supervision, State University of New York, Plattsburgh, NY, 1973.

    Sister Winifred Marie began her ministry of education at St. Rose of Lima School, NY, NY (1951-1956); Sacred Heart, Suffern, NY (1956-1958); St. Helena Commercial HS, Bronx, NY (1958-1970); and assistant principal Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY (1970-1974). From 1974-2002, Sister Winifred Marie served as Educational Systems Coordinator at the Data Center of the Archdiocese of New York. From 2002 until 2012, she served in community services in Dominican Convent.

    Sister Winifred Marie is predeceased by her parents Michael and Winifred Cloonan O’Halloran, her sister Margaret Pancoast (Harry), and brothers Thomas (Mary Beth) and Bernard. She is survived by her brother Michael (Patricia) and loving nieces and nephews.

    Through her ministry of education, Sister Winifred Marie touched the lives of many students, parents, and colleagues by her warmth and generosity. She was committed to the Mission of the Dominican Sisters for more than 70 years proclaiming the Word of God in word and deed. May she be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence—well done good and faithful servant, Sister Winifred..

 

Sister Marie Jean Dempsey died on March 6, 2020 in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 99 years old.

    Born in Brooklyn, NY on June 24, 1920, Joan Marie was the daughter of John and Alice Mara Dempsey. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 2, 1938 and received the name Sister Marie Jean. She professed her first vows in 1940 and final vows in 1945.

    Sister Marie Jean received her BA in English from Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, 1946; her MA in English from St John University, NY,1952; and a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, NY, 1965. She also studied at the Maryknoll School of Theology. In 1977, Sister Marie Jean received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, from St. Thomas Aquinas College.

    Sister Marie Jean taught at St. Agnes Home and School, Sparkill, NY (1940-1941); St. Rita School, Bronx, NY (1941); St. Helena School, Bronx, NY (1941-1946); Cardinal McCloskey, White Plains, NY (1946-1948); Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Richmond Hill, NY (1948-1949); Sacred Heart School, Suffern, NY (1949-1950); Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1950-1960); Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY (1960-1963); St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (1963-1972, 1980-1998) as Professor of English, Professor of Humanities and also served as Academic Dean. From 1972-1980, Sister Marie Jean was the President of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill. Her ministry of service continued in Dominican Convent and Dowling Gardens, Sparkill, NY until 2005.

    Sister Marie Jean is predeceased by her parents John and Alice Mara Dempsey.

    Sister Marie Jean Dempsey made a difference in the lives of countless young people in her ministry of education. She shared her leadership skills as President in carrying forward the mission of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill to proclaim the Word of God through ministry for justice. May she be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence—well done good and faithful servant, Sister Marie Jean.

 

Sister Carolyn Bell died on February 8, 2020 in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 89 years old.

  Born in Jennings, MO on November 15, 1930 Loretta Carolyn was the daughter of Harold and Loretta Karcher Bell. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1949 and received the name Sister Mary Carolyn. She professed her first vows in 1951 and final vows in 1956.

  Sister Carolyn received a BS in Education from Webster College, St Louis, MO, 1959; she attended St. Louis University for Religious Studies, 1974; and earned CPE units from St. Mary’s Health Center.

  Sister Carolyn ministered at Cardinal McCloskey Home and School, White Plains, NY (1951-1952); in St. Louis, MO at St. James the Greater School (1952-1957,1966-1968, 1970-1975); Little Flower School (1957-1966); and Holy Redeemer School (1969-1970). From 1968-1969, Sr. Carolyn taught at St. Catherine School, Binghamton, NY. From 1975-2002, Sister Carolyn served in pastoral ministry in St. Louis, MO: Maria Fonte Monastery (1975-1976); St. Mark Parish (1976-1978); St. Joseph Hospital (1978-1979); St. Louis State Hospital (1979-1980); St. Joseph Hospital (1980-1987); Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community, Belleville, IL (1987-1991); DePaul Health Center (1991-1997); and St. John Mercy Medical Center (1997-2002).

  Sister Carolyn was predeceased by her parents Harold and Loretta Karcher Bell, her sister Mary, her nephew Rich, and her niece Cindy. She is survived by her brothers Joseph (Marilyn), Alexis (Helen - deceased), her sister Patricia Kelley, and several nieces and nephews.

  Sister Carolyn Bell made a difference in the lives of countless children and adults in her educational and pastoral ministry. She served her God and congregation faithfully for more than 70 years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life, her presence, and her commitment as she is welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence. Sister Carolyn Bell will be remembered by her Dominican Sisters, Associates, colleagues and all who were touched by her life. Well done, good and faithful servant, Sister Carolyn.

 

Sister Katherine Bernard Gaffney died on January 1, 2020 in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 91 years old. 

   Born in Bronx, NY, on August 9,1928, Margaret was the daughter of Bernard and Katherine O’Brien Gaffney. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8,1946 and received the name Sister Katherine Bernard. She professed her first vows in 1948 and final vows in 1953.

    Sister Katherine Bernard received her BS in Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 1951; MS in Chemistry, Villanova University, PA, 1964; and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Notre Dame University, IN, 1968. She received Certification in Spiritual Direction from Our Lady of Peace Spiritual Center.

    Sister Katherine Bernard ministered at St. Brendan School, Bronx, NY (1948-1953); St. Rose of Lima School, NYC (1953-1957); Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY (1957-1964); St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY as professor and Chair of the Science Department (1968-1972); Dominican Sisters Executive Team Member (1972-1980); Our Lady of Peace Spiritual Center, Narragansett, RI, Spiritual Director Intern (1981-1982). From 1982-2012, Sister Katherine served as Co-Administrator/ Director of the Corazon Community, Glasco, NY, a spirituality/hospitality program of the Dominican Sisters.

    Sister Katherine Bernard is predeceased by her parents Bernard and Katherine O’Brien Gaffney, her brother Bernard (Mary) and her brother Robert. She is survived by her sister Katherine Ryan (John); sister-in-law Madeline Gaffney, and many nieces and nephews.

    Sister Katherine Bernard touched the lives of countless children and adults in her ministry as teacher, congregational leader, program administrator, and spiritual director. She was committed to the mission of the Dominican Sisters for more 73 years, proclaiming the Word of God through a ministry for justice. May she be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence. Well done, good and faithful servant, Sister Katherine Bernard Gaffney.

 

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