Sisters of St. Joseph Celebrate Special Anniversaries

6/5/2017 |

60 YEARS--ENTERED IN 1957

Sister Joyce Culverwell
Born in Pittsfield, Mass., Sister Joyce Culverwell (Agnes Bernadette) entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Agnes Parish, Dalton. She taught at Blessed Sacrament School, Holyoke, after which she ministered for many years as a high school teacher at St. Peter’s, Worcester; St. Mary’s, Westfield; and St. Mary’s, Southbridge. She served at the Mont Marie Conference Center for a time before her ministry at St. Joseph Central High School, Pittsfield, where she served for 30 years beginning in 1978. She is retired and lives in Pittsfield.


Sister Maureen Kervick
Sister Maureen Kervick was born in Springfield, Mass. and entered from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish there. She taught at schools in the Springfield and Providence Dioceses before becoming administrator at Mont Marie Infirmary. She was director of Student Services and dean of Students at the College of Our Lady of the Elms, associate retreat director of Our Lady of Sorrows Monastery, West Springfield, and a nursing instructor at Springfield College. She also served as vice-president of the Sisters of St. Joseph 1987-1993. Sister was both administrator and executive director at St. Gabriel’s Youth House, Shelter Island Heights, NY, and the director of programs for Catholic Charities of Greater Boston. She returned to Elms College to minister as director of the Campus Ministry Department there. Currently she is site supervisor for Passionist Volunteers International in Jamaica, West Indies.


Sister Mary McGeer
Sister Mary McGeer was born in Ireland and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from Jerome Parish, Holyoke. She taught at St. Peter’s and the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Worcester; St. Joseph High School, Pittsfield; and St. Mary’s, Westfield. She has served as religious education coordinator at Holy Name Parish, Springfield, pastoral minister at Blessed Sacrament, Springfield, and was director of On-Campus Admissions Programs at the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee. Sister resides in Holyoke and ministers as pastoral associate at St. Michael’s Parish, Longmeadow where she has served since 1997.



Sister Mary Petisce
Born in North Providence, R.I., Sister Mary Petisce entered from Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish there. She has served as an elementary teacher at St. Agnes, Dalton; St. Francis, Warwick, R.I. and principal of Notre Dame - Immaculate Conception School, Easthampton, Mass. She was a counselor at the Marriage Counseling Center of Springfield before ministering as principal of St. Mary's School, Longmeadow. Sister was a counselor at the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee and director of family life in the Office of Pastoral Ministry for the Diocese of Springfield for 14 years. In the last two decades Sr. Mary was a facilitator for Healing After a Suicide, East Longmeadow, Rachael's Vineyard, Lenox, Divorced & Separated, Marriage Preparation and Bereavement Groups. She also was a chaplain on call for the Springfield Police Department. Most recently Sr. Mary served as pastoral associate at St. Catherine of Sienna Parish, Springfield. She is retired and living in Chicopee.


Sister Patricia Quinlan
Sister Patricia Quinlan entered from St. Mary Morningstar Parish, Pittsfield. She graduated from St. Joseph High School, Pittsfield; Elms College, Chicopee; Boston University-ED.M., and the Dean LPN Program. Sister taught for several years in Catholic high schools: St. Louis, Webster; St. Mary’s, Milford; St. Stephen’s, Worcester; St. Joseph’s, Pittsfield and Bishop Maginn H.S., Albany. She then entered the health care field and worked as a certified home health aide in Springfield, and as a licensed practical nurse at Heritage Hall, Agawam, Riverdale Gardens, West Springfield, and Willimansett East in Chicopee. On retiring from nursing, she worked as a certified nursing assistant at Reeds Landing, Springfield and Mont Marie Retirement Center, Holyoke. Currently she resides in Holyoke and is working as certified home health aide for Mercy Companions, West Springfield.


Sister Mary M. Shea
Sister Mary M. Shea is a native of Springfield, Mass. and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from Holy Cross Parish. She taught at St. Peter and St. Stephen schools in Worcester; St. Joseph’s, North Adams; St. Mary’s, Milford and Bishop Keough High School, Pawtucket, R.I. She served at Our Lady of Providence Children’s Center, West Springfield, was religious education coordinator at Sacred Heart Parish, Holyoke and also worked as a coordinator with the retired sisters at Mont Marie. Sister resides in Holyoke and currently serves as assistant congregational representative at Mont Marie Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.



65 YEARS--ENTERED IN 1952

Sister Winifred Butler
Sister Winifred Butler (David Patrick), born in Pittsfield, entered from Our Lady of Hope Parish, Springfield, Mass. Sister has served for many years in various schools of the Springfield Diocese, including St. Thomas the Apostle School, West Springfield and St. Matthew School, Indian Orchard. She also worked as a counselor at the Springfield Boys Club/Carew Hill Girls Club for five years. She then served for 16 years as principal of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School before beginning her service at Cathedral High School as bookstore manager from 1996-2012. Sr. Winnie volunteers at Pope Francis High School and lives in Springfield.

Sister June Mary of Jesus Fanti
Born in Saugus, Mass., Sister June Mary of Jesus Fanti (Sr. Jacinta Marie) entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rutland from St. Mary Parish, Lynn, Mass. She served in many schools in the Burlington Diocese including St. Peter and Christ the King Schools in Rutland; Sacred Heart School, Bennington; St. Charles School, Bellows Falls and St. Michael School, Brattleboro. Later, she served at the College of St. Joseph the Provider, and at both Mount St. Joseph Infirmary and Convent. Currently she ministers through St. Joseph and Theresa Lifesong Healing Ministry, Sherman, Maine, where she also resides.

Sister Kathleen Keating
Born in Springfield, Mass., Sister Kathleen Keating (Sr. Maura James) entered from Our Lady of Hope parish, Springfield. She taught at St. Joseph High School, North Adams and then Elms College, Chicopee. Sister served as national chairperson of the National Assembly of Women Religious (NAWR) in Chicago, after which she was elected President of the Congregation. After her term as president she worked as a Missionary Associate of Maryknoll in Managua, Nicaragua. She was president of Elms College from 1994 – 2001. Sister also served as director of the Office of Ministerial Services at Mont Marie. She is retired and living Holyoke.

Sister Marilyn Logan
Sister Marilyn Logan (Sr. Mary Arthur) was born in Springfield, Mass. and entered from Holy Cross parish there. She served at both Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic High Schools. She went on to teach at Western New England College, Springfield, and then Elms College, Chicopee. Sister also served as case manager and supervisor for Greater Springfield Senior Services, pastoral minister at Holy Cross parish in Springfield, and a certified home health aide for the Pioneer Valley Visiting Nurses Association. She received her certificate as a Residence Service Coordinator from the MASS Association of Resident Service Coordinators (MARSH) while serving in that role at Emerson House, Longmeadow. In addition to Sr. Marilyn’s formal ministries she has performed volunteer service including twelve years as a reader for Radio Reading for the Blind program and her many services at Mont Marie. There she served as a substitute driver and companion to Sisters in the Mont Marie Health Care Center and retirement residence. She also participated in Liturgies as a reader and minister of the Eucharist to the sick. In her early years she volunteered at Heart House Shelter for Battered Women, the Jefferson Street Shelter for Women and Children and the Open Pantry Soup Kitchen. She is now retired and residing in Holyoke.


Sister Maureen Martin
Born in Westfield, Mass., Sister Maureen Martin (Sr. Thomas Mary) entered from Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament parish there. She taught at St. Jerome’s, Holyoke and Holy Name, Springfield before ministering as principal at Holy Family and Holy Cross schools, Springfield. Sister also worked on the Congregation’s Team for Christian Growth and as formation director. She served as staff director of volunteers at Jesse’s House in Northampton and then as director of The Shelter, Springfield. Sister has also worked at Open Pantry/Loaves and Fishes Kitchens and Community Services, Open Pantry in Springfield. She is retired and living in Chicopee.


Sister Roberta Mulcahy
Sister Roberta Mulcahy (Sr. Francis Julia) was born in Springfield, Mass. and entered from St. Michael’s Cathedral parish. She taught at Holy Name and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Schools in Springfield, and served as principal of St. Mary School, Milford. Sister ministered for many years in the Spanish Apostolate in Holyoke in pastoral work and religious education, and taught homeless children in Falmouth. She has served on the Congregation’s Vocation Team and in Congregational Administration on the SSJ Leadership Team. For the past nine years she served as coordinator of the SSJ Justice & Peace office. Currently she co-coordinates the SSJ Ecology Office working for Earth justice and educating others about environmental issues. She lives in Holyoke and continues to volunteer on several local community committees that focus on the needs of the Dear Neighbor.


Sister Helene Michael Nihill
Born in Springfield, Mass., Sister Helene Michael Nihill entered from Our Lady of Hope Parish there. She taught for many years at schools in the Springfield Diocese beginning with St. Mary School, Westfield and Sacred School, Pittsfield. Sister then served as an elementary teacher for 25 years at St. Thomas the Apostle School, West Springfield. She is retired and living in Milton.

 


70 YEARS--ENTERED IN 1947

Sister Lucille Bertrand
Sister Lucille Bertrand (Sr. Marie du Bon Pasteur), was born in New Bedford, Mass. and entered from St. Joseph Parish there. She taught in the Fall River Diocese for 25 years: St. Matthew, St. Jean Baptiste and Blessed Sacrament schools in Fall River; St. Therese School, New Bedford; St. Michael’s, Ocean Grove and St. Louis de France schools in Swansea. Sister also served on the staff of the Congregation's health care centers, both in Fall River and at Mont Marie. Finally, she worked in the Senior Aide Program of Catholic Charities in Worcester. She is retired and living in Framingham.


Sister Irene Comeau
Sister Irene Comeau (Sr. Paul Joseph) was born in Providence, R.I. and entered from Christ the King Parish, West Warwick, R.I. Sister taught for more than 40 years in the schools of the Fall River Diocese including St. Roch’s, Blessed Sacrament St. Joseph Montessori School, and the Montessori School of the Angels, Fall River; and St. Joseph School in New Bedford. She also taught and was principal at St. Michael’s, Swansea and St. Matthew’s, Fall River. In addition she taught at Newport County Catholic School in the Providence Diocese and St. Joseph School, Conway, Arkansas. She has also ministered at Mont Marie Child Care Center and at the Gray House, Springfield. She is retired, lives in Milton and volunteers at Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester.


Sister Alice Kenney
Sister Alice Kenney (Sr. James Martin) is a native of Newport, R.I. and entered from St. Joseph Parish there. She taught at Cathedral Grammar and Cathedral High Schools of Springfield, Mass. for over twenty years. Sister served as principal at Marianhill Central High School, Southbridge and later at Cathedral High School, and for sixteen years as associate director of Continuing Education at Elms College, Chicopee. In 1981, Sister organized 28 houses of sisters to cook and serve at the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen on all Thursdays of the year. Though not every Thursday, this ministry continues to the present. She was one of the first Sisters to serve in the Chaplains-on-Call-Program for the Springfield Police Department, which she did for six years. She is retired and living in Milton, and very active in volunteer ministry.

Sister Louise Thomas McIsaac
Sister Louise Thomas McIsaac was born in Worcester, Mass. and entered from St. Peter Parish there. She served for fifty years in the schools of the Springfield Diocese, including Sacred Heart and St. Jerome Schools, Holyoke, St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s schools, Pittsfield, as Department of Education coordinator for the Diocesan Schools Office, Springfield, and as principal of Blessed Sacrament, Holyoke. She also served as community service coordinator and as director of Performing Arts at Holyoke Catholic High School. She is retired and living in Framingham.



75 YEARS--ENTERED IN 1942

Sister James Bernard Laughnane
Sister James Bernard Laughnane, native of Southbridge, Mass., entered from St. Mary Parish, Southbridge. She taught in the schools of the Springfield Diocese for many years, including St. Jerome School, Holyoke and 22 years at Cathedral High School. She also taught briefly in St. Augustine, Florida before becoming librarian at St. Mary School and at Jacob Edwards Library, both in Southbridge. She directed the GAL Adult Literacy Program in Ludlow for several years before her retirement in 2006. She resides in Holyoke.

 

 

Sister Therese L'Heureux
Sister Therese L'Heureux (Therese Albert) was born in Fall River, Mass., and entered from Blessed Sacrament Parish there. She taught in the schools of the Fall River Diocese for over thirty years, including at St. Joseph and St. Therese schools in New Bedford, and 13 years at St Joseph School, Vinton, Louisiana. She then turned her talents to maintenance, including carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work, at the Atlantis Charter School. Currently, Sister is in charge of maintenance at the Atlantis Charter School and Our Sisters Place in Fall River. She lives in Fall River.

 

Sister Patricia James Sweeney
Sister Patricia James Sweeney, a native of Springfield, entered from Holy Family Parish, Springfield. She served in the schools of the Springfield Diocese as teacher and as principal at St. Joseph High School, North Adams and Cathedral High School, Springfield. She also was principal at St. Peter High School, Worcester. She was active in the National Catholic Education Association of Secondary Schools, serving as its President in 1987. Sister joined the administrative staff at Mont Marie in 1993 where she was director of congregational services until 2005. She is retired and living in Framingham.

 

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