Remembering Sisters

Sister Maria Santos (Joseph Catherine)

SISTER MARIA SANTOS (Joseph Catherine) died February 25, 2017, at Elizabeth Seton Residence, Wellesley Hills, MA. Obituary to come.


Sister Florence Patrice Nearing

Sister Florence Patrice entered the Sisters of Charity – Halifax on August 15, 1934 and made her perpetual profession on August 15, 1943. She received a BA from Mount Saint Vincent College, Halifax, NS in 1957 and an MA in English from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS in 1966. Sister began her ministry in education in 1937 and served in various capacities as teacher and principal. This ministry took her to such places as Glace Bay, New Aberdeen, Port Hawkesbury, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage and New Waterford, all in Nova Scotia and to Arvida in Quebec. Sister continued in this ministry for forty years until her retirement in 1977. After retiring from teaching, she attended the Credo Program given at Gonzaga University, in Spokane, Washington where she studied for a year. In 1978, she began volunteer service at Breton Education Centre and served as a home visitor to troubled families. She also coordinated the Genesis II program. In 1985, she retired to Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse in Halifax where she continued her volunteer activity.


Sister Dorothy LeCam (Frances Rosaire)

A Sister of Charity for 71 years who was missioned in Glace Bay and North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Locally in Dorchester, Lawrence, Lowell, Medford and Mt. St. Vincent, Wellesley.


Evelyn Claire Quinlan

A Sister of Charity for 71 years who was missioned in Halifax Nova Scotia, Westlock and Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Locally Needham and Wellesley.


Sister Mary McGowan (Christopher Marie)

A Sister of Charity for 64 years who was missioned in Williston Park, Patchogue, Brooklyn, Jamaica and Hollis New York, Riverton New Jersey and Hyattsville Maryland. Locally, Elizabeth Seton Residence, Wellesley.


Sister Eileen Schulenburg

She began her teaching ministry in Brooklyn and later was asked to do formation work for the NY Province and then did Pastoral work on Long Island. After receiving a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies (Counseling) at Loyola University in Chicago, Eileen worked in a parish in Tennessee and it was there that she co-founded a safe house for victims of domestic violence. In 1990 she returned to New York, and began her ministry with women, first in a shelter for abused women and then as a chaplain at the women’s jail on Rikers Island.


Sister Mary Cavanagh (Mary Austin)

A Sister of Charity for 66 years who was missioned in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Bermuda, locally at Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley.


Sister Theresa McCarthy

She entered the Sisters of Charity – Halifax on September 8, 1949 and made her perpetual vows on August 15, 1958. Sister Theresa received a BA in 1961 and a BEd in 1962, both from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. Later, she began working toward a Diploma in Health Care Services at St. Paul University in Ottawa. She also participated in a residency program in Pastoral Care at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. Sister began her ministry in education at St. Sebastian School in Woodside, NY in 1952 and remained there until 1958. In that year, she was transferred to Cape Breton where she taught in New Waterford and No. Sydney until 1969. At that time, she began working in the Business Office at Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse and served there until 1976. While working at the Motherhouse during those years, she also took care of her sister who was also residing at that facility. During 1976, she became a full-time student at the Atlantic School of Theology. She engaged in Hospital Chaplaincy at the Victoria General Hospital from 1978 to 1983. At that time, she was transferred to the Central Province of the Congregation and was missioned to Churchill Falls, NL, where she served in parish ministry until 1985. That year, Sister Theresa returned to Halifax and was engaged in various volunteer services, such as volunteer Court Worker; Ecumenical Chaplain at Northwood Manor; as well as some office work at the Motherhouse. Her last services as a volunteer were at Northwood in Halifax, where she gave her attention to the needs of the persons residing there.


S. Elizabeth Trainor (Elizabeth of the Child of Jesus)

She entered the Sisters of Charity – Halifax on September 8, 1951 and made her perpetual vows on August 15, 1960. Sister Elizabeth received a BA from Mount Saint Vincent University in 1972. She began her ministry in education in Dorchester, MA in 1954 and remained there until 1962 when she was assigned to Enfield until 1966. In that year, she was missioned to Dartmouth, NS where she taught until 1969. She then became the Catechetical Coordinator in St. Michael’s Parish where she served in that capacity until 1978. Sister then began working at Saint Vincent Guest House as an assistant in Activity Programs. Later, she spent some time taking care of her father until his death in 1992. While living in Lower Sackville, NS, she engaged in some volunteer ministry at the Correctional Centre there. At her retirement in 2001, she resided at Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse until she moved to DePaul Hall in Parkstone in 2005.


Sister Jean Wilson (Robert Elizabeth)

A Sister of Charity for 60 years who was missioned in Woodside and Canton, New York, Terence Bay, Halifax and Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia. Locally Needham, Manchester, NH., Lawrence and at Mount St. Vincent, Wellesley Hills.


Sister Magdalen Oliver (Francis Stephen)

Sister Magdalen received a B.Sc. in Elementary Education from Mount Saint Vincent University in 1967, and in 1993 she was certified as a Nurse’s Aide. Sister began her ministry as a housekeeper at Seton Hall in Truro, NS in 1954 and remained there until 1962. In that year, she was sent to Brooklyn, NY where she taught until 1968. She then spent one year at Seton Academy in Vancouver, BC, followed by a teaching assignment in Riverton, NJ, then in Brooklyn, NY until 2002. In that year, she began work as a Nurse’s Aide until 2005 when she also was involved in Home Care until 2006. In that year, Sister Magdalen retired from active ministry. She resided in Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse for one year, then moved to St. Frances Cabrini Residence in Brooklyn, NY where she remained until 2009. In 2009, she moved to Caritas Residence in Halifax, NS and stayed until her death in 2016.


S. Marjory Gallagher (John Evelyn)

Gallagher, Sister Marjory (Sister John Evelyn), 77, died at the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa Motherhouse, November 25, 2016. Born in L’Avenir, Quebec, on November 25, 1939, she was a daughter of James W. and Evelyn (Goggin) Gallagher. Marjory entered the Sisters of Charity – Halifax on September 12, 1964 and made her perpetual profession on November 1, 1970.
Marjory taught many students French in Sherbrook, Quebec and in Halifax, Hebbville and Amherst (all in Nova Scotia). Later she was an Assistant to the General Secretary of the Canadian Religious Conference-National.


S. M. Annata Brockman

Sister began her ministry as an educator in Halifax, NS as a teacher from 1949 to 1951. From that date on, Sister served in North Sydney, NS, Kelowna, BC, Cranbrook, BC, Edmonton, AB, Burnaby, BC and back to Edmonton, AB; in all of these places Sister served as teacher or principal or both until 1981. In that year, she became a Pastoral Assistant at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. She remained in this ministry for the next 24 years until her retirement in 2005. The next five years found her doing volunteer work as a pastoral minister to the sick and dying. In 2010, she became a volunteer teacher at the school named in her honour – the Sister Annata Brockman Elementary/Junior High School – where she remained until 2016.


Sister Eileen Gertrude Matthews (Mary Fabian)

A Sister of Charity for 79 years who was missioned in Woodside, Rego Park and Staten Island New York, Renton, Washington and Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax, Nova Scotia and Renton, Washington, locally Roxbury, Lawrence and at Mount St. Vincent, Wellesley Hills. Sister was also a former Professor at Salem State College.


Sister Mary (Angeline) MacIntyre (Anne Daniel)

Sister Mary entered the Sisters of Charity – Halifax on February 2, 1949 and made her perpetual profession on August 15, 1957. Sister spent most of her life doing internal ministries such as housekeeping, portress, and cafeteria duties. Sister’s ministries took her to Mount Saint Vincent Academy in Halifax; Seton Hall, Patchogue, NY; Halifax Infirmary, Halifax; St. Paul Convent, Dartmouth, NS and St. Andrew Convent, Eastern Passage, NS. In several of these places she was also engaged in Catechetics, visiting shut-ins, palliative care visitor and nursing aide in Ocean View Manor. Sister retired from active duty in 1996 and took up residence in Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse in Halifax until she moved to Parkstone Enhanced Care in 2002. She was among the first group of sisters to move to this facility and is the last member of the original group.


Sister Regina Mary McLean

Sister’s ministry in education began in 1958 when she was sent to St. Patrick School in Quebec City, QC as a substitute teacher for three months. She returned to Halifax, NS and taught in the primary grades of St. Patrick School from 1958 to 1963. She was then missioned to Vancouver, BC where she taught students in Grades 9 through 12 at Notre Dame High School and served as Librarian until 1965. After a year teaching in New Waterford, she returned to Halifax and began teaching in St. Patrick High School and remained there until 1981. From 1982 until 1987 she became a Resource Teacher at Titus Smith School. Sister Regina was then transferred to the Boston Province where she taught at Monsignor Ryan High School from 1987 to 1991. The following year was her sabbatical year. In 1992, Sister Regina began as a volunteer at House of Hope in Glace Bay, which is a centre for recovering alcoholic women, a work she engaged in until 2000.
In that year, she retired from active ministry, and returned to Halifax.


Sister Anna D’Entremont (Mary Virginia)

Sister began her ministry in education in Dorchester, MA from 1943 to 1944. Her next assignment was teaching in Pubnico, NS from 1944 to 1947, followed by a move to Church Point, NS where she taught from 1947 to 1956. She then went on to teach in Meteghan, NS from 1956 to 1958 and then in Bathurst, NB from 1958 to 1963. In 1963, Sister Anna was sent to Wedgeport, NS where she taught school, became the local superior, was appointed to the Provincial Collegial Body, and was made principal in 1971. In 1974 she became assistant guidance counsellor in St. Anne du Ruisseau High School, a position she held until 1979. In that year, she retired from teaching and became involved in the Yarmouth Diocesan Marriage Tribunal and served in other pastoral ministries until 1988. She was then transferred to Halifax, NS and lived at Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse and was involved is various internal ministries there until 2008.


Sister Louise Bray (Mildred James)

She began her ministry as a teacher in New Waterford, NS in 1953 followed by teaching in Dorval, QC in 1963. Following two years there, Sister Louise taught at Saint Anthony School, Glace Bay. While in Glace Bay she completed the degree in social work and continued in that ministry in the Glace Bay area. During this time, Sister Louise was instrumental in establishing Seton Foundation which provides affordable housing for families with low incomes. The foundation celebrated its fortieth anniversary last year. In 1982, Sister Louise became the provincial superior of the Antigonish Province of the Sisters of Charity. In 1988, she was elected General Superior and served in that role for two consecutive terms. When Sister Louise’s terms were completed, she moved to Ontario where she ministered at Southdown in Aurora, ON as Director of Aftercare until she moved to Halifax in 2006 where she volunteered in various capacities. In 2015, Sister Louise retired to Caritas Residence.


S. Eva O’Connor (Joseph Francis)

Sister Eva entered the Sisters of Charity – Halifax on January 31, 1935 and made her perpetual profession of vows on August 15, 1943. At the outset of her ministry in education, she received a BSc in Home Economics which served as the basis of her teaching career. She served in many areas in the Maritimes including Prospect, Terence Bay, Reserve, and New Waterford, all in Nova Scotia. This time of service lasted from 1940 until 1956. A short period of illness interrupted her ministry, but in 1957, she resumed her teaching, this time in Micmac and Amherst, NS; Vancouver and Kelowna, BC, until 1977.


Sister Catherine Hanlon (Catherine Eileen)

A Sister of Charity (Halifax) for 73 years who was missioned in Woodside, Fresh Meadows and Patchogue, NY, locally in Roxbury, West Roxbury, Auburndale and Wellesley.


Sister Maria Foley (Maria Joseph)

A Sister of Charity for 62 years, who was missioned in Derry, NH, locally at St. Peter’s, Lowell, Academy of the Assumption, Wellesley, St. Mary’s, Randolph, St. Patrick, Lawrence, St. Francis, Medford, St. Pius X, Lynn, Haverhill.


Sister Elizabeth Hayes

Sister received a BA from Mount Saint Vincent College, Halifax, NS, a MS from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana and a Master of Divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, NS. Sister Elizabeth began her ministry in education as a teacher at St. Agnes School, Halifax, in 1950. In 1959 she was transferred to St. Patrick High School, Halifax, where she remained until 1964. In that year, she moved to Vancouver, BC, where she taught in Notre Dame High School until 1970.


Sister Carmelita Currie (Michael Marie)

S. Carmelita received a BSEd and a BA from Mount Saint Vincent University. She began her ministry as an educator when she spent a few months teaching in Havre Boucher, NS, in 1952. She then was missioned to Brooklyn, NY where she taught for four years. At the end of that time, she returned to Havre Boucher in 1956 and remained there until 1957, followed by two years of teaching in Lourdes, NS. From 1959 to 1966 she taught in Oxford School, Halifax, NS. Sister Carmelita then moved to Dorval, QC, where she taught elementary school until 1974.


Sister Mary Stanislaus Hennessy

Sister Stanislaus began her ministry as a commercial teacher at St. Ambrose, Yarmouth in 1947. In 1948, she became a primary teacher at St. Mary’s, Halifax and went on to educate the younger children in St. Paul’s, Herring Cove; St. Patrick’s, Halifax; St. Bernard’s, Enfield; St. Mary’s, Halifax; and finally, St. Joseph’s, Halifax, which was to be her final assignment before retiring in 1983.