Sister June Clare Tracy OP of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York died on August 5, 2022, in Dominican Convent Siena Hall. She was 78 years of age.
Born in New York City on June 26, 1944, June Clare was the daughter of John and Anne Peterson Tracy. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary on September 8, 1964, and received the name of Sister Anne John. She professed first vows in 1966 and final vows in 1975.
Sister June Clare received a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 1967; an MS in History, Fordham University, 1973; and an EdD in Administration and Supervision, St. John’s University, 2006. She received NYS Permanent Certification in Administration and in District Administration from Manhattan College, 1983, 1997.
Sister June Clare Tracy’s ministry of education includes St. Agnes Home and School, Sparkill, NY (1966-1967); St. James School, Carmel, NY (1967-1969); St. Theresa School, Bronx, NY (1969-1982); Principal of St. Brendan School, Bronx, NY (1982-1996). From 1996 until 2016 Sister June Clare served as the Archdiocese of New York Regional Superintendent of Manhattan Elementary Schools. In 2016, Sister June Clare was invited to serve as Executive Director for Catholic Identity for the Archdiocese of New York. She accepted the call and faithfully served until August 2021.
Sister June Clare is predeceased by her parents John and Anne Peterson Tracy, her aunts, Sister Noella Miriam Tracy, OP, Helen Tracy, Loretta Morrissey, and her uncle Thomas. She is survived by cousins, friends, colleagues and her Dominican Sisters and Associates.
Sister June Clare Tracy made a difference in the lives of countless students, parents, colleagues, and teachers in her dedicated service to the Mission of Catholic education. Her legacy spans 55 years in service to the Archdiocese of New York as teacher, principal, Manhattan District Superintendent, and promoter of Catholic Identity. We thank God for Sister June Clare’s life and for her commitment to the ministry of Education and the Congregational goal of ministry of justice and reverence for all creation. May our Sister be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence. Well done, good and faithful servant, Sister June Clare Tracy! May God hold you in the palm of His hands.