Sisters' Obituaries 2020
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.