Sr. Mary Jane Dinan, OP
Born into Eternal Life January 17, 2009
Sister Mary Jane Dinan, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on January 17, 2009 in Siena Hall Infirmary, Dominican Convent, 175 Route 340, Sparkill, NY.
Born in St. Louis, MO, January 18, 1913, Jane was the daughter of Edward Warren and Emily E. Cottam Dinan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill in 1930 and became known as Sister Mary Jane, professing her first vows in 1932 and final vows in 1938.
Sister Mary Jane earned a BA in Latin from Webster College in 1947 and an MA in Home Economics from Columbia University, in 1955.
During her professional life, Sister Mary Jane taught elementary and high school in the Archdioceses of New York and St. Louis, and in the Diocese of Brooklyn. She taught at St. Martin of Tours, Bronx, NY (1932-33); Holy Redeemer, St. Louis, MO (1933-37); St. Brendan, Bronx, NY (1937-38); St. Mark, St. Louis, MO (1938-50); Mary Queen of Heaven, Brooklyn, NY (1950-55); St. James, St. Louis, MO (1955-1958). Sister Mary Jane was principal of St. Mark, St. Louis, MO (1958-65). From 1966-72 she was in congregational leadership for the Dominican Sisters. She was Director of Guidance at St. Edmund HS, Brooklyn, NY (1972-92). Upon retiring she offered local community service at St. Edmund’s Convent, Brooklyn, NY. She took up residence in Siena Hall Infirmary in 2003.
Sister Mary Jane will be remembered for her commitment to education and to the students whose lives she has touched throughout her sixty years in the educational field. While in Siena Hall Infirmary her positive attitude, despite adversity was an example to all of us. She will be missed by her family and friends, but will always be remembered for her goodness, determination and love of life. May she enjoy the rewards of eternal life which God has promised to those who are faithful. Amen.