Leadership Team

Dominican Sisters of Sparkill

Leadership team
l-r, Sister Irene Ellis, Sister Eileen Gannon, Sister Mary Murray (President), Sister Margaret Palliser, Sister Grace Anne Hogan

The Dominican Sisters of Sparkill Leadership Team is elected at our General Chapter through a prayerful process that involves the entire membership of the congregation. These Sisters accept the responsibility of leadership in implementing the directives of the General Chapter during a term of six years. They bring a wealth of experience, insight, and valued gifts to this ministry. The current Leadership Team was elected in 2016 and will serve until June 2022.

Sister Mary has served in congregational leadership since 2007. Following her earlier term in leadership from 1996-2000, she served as Chancellor for the Great Falls-Billings diocese in Montana for five years. Sister Mary earned a BS and an MS in education from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill NY. Her professional teaching experience was primarily spent in elementary and early childhood education.

Sister Irene was elected to the ministry of congregational leadership in 2010 and is now serving in her second term. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill in 1967 and ministered in the field of education as a junior high and high school math teacher for 16 years. She then joined the staff of Dominican Sisters Family Health Center, a community-based agency serving the needs of vulnerable families in the South Bronx area of NYC, serving as educational liaison and as Director of the Infant-Toddler Parent Program for 24 years before being elected to congregational leadership.

Sister Eileen was elected to membership on the congregation’s leadership team in 2010. Previously her ministry was in high school education as a teacher of English and as the coordinator of retreat and service programs. Following her term in congregational leadership from 1988 through 1996, she worked with Global Education Associates as co-director of the Religious Orders Partnership and the Earth Charter Initiative. From 1998 through 2010, Sister Eileen was a member of the Dominican Leadership Conference Executive Committee and served as the international Dominican Family’s NGO Representative at the United Nations in New York.

Sister Grace Anne was elected to congregational leadership in 2016. She made first vows in 1973 and final vows in 1981. Her ministry has been devoted to education, teaching in elementary then secondary schools before moving into high school administration in the New York area. She ministered for 19 years in the Bay Area of California, first at the University of Creation Spirituality and then at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University as Associate Director of Enrollment Management. Returning to New York, she worked as the assistant to the Provincial of the Good Shepherd Sisters prior to elected leadership.

Sister Margaret has served in congregational leadership since 2010. Prior to this ministry, she was editor of Living with Christ for 2 years after 15 years in teaching and administration at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, including 8 years as Assistant Vice President for Mission. She spent 7 years in Rome as musician/liturgist on the staff of the Casa di Studio, an international renewal program for English-speaking Dominican Sisters. While there, she completed her doctoral studies in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Her ministries have been in the areas of theology, spirituality, music, and liturgy.

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