The Mont Marie Chapel in Holyoke was filled to capacity September 13, 2015 for the Golden Jubilee Celebration of eleven Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield. Friends and families gathered for the Mass and reception to honor the Sisters for their 50 years of service in religious life.
The Reverend John Madden, who celebrated the Mass, said of the Sisters, “We thank them for the blessings of the past, the hope for the future and the moment that we celebrate today.”
During the ceremony, the Jubilarians recited a prayer of commitment and thanked their families, friends, colleagues and members of the Community of St Joseph for their companionship and support in their journey over the years.
Sisters celebrating their anniversary included Sr. Linda Fallon, Sr. Kathryn Gallagher, Sr. Kathleen Hinga, Sr. Patricia Murphy, Sr. Sheila Murphy, Sr. Rhea Quintin, Sr. Kathleen Reagan, Sr. Roberta Salah, Sr. Jean Schneider, Sr. Joan Schneider and Sr. Linda Wilk, who celebrated remotely because she is currently missioned to West Africa.
This year's celebrants – entered in 1965
Born in Worcester, Mass to Kenneth Joseph and Ella May (Gervais) Fallon, Sister Linda M. Fallon (Kenneth Mary) entered from St. Stephen Parish there. She earned a B.A. from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee and an M.A. in early childhood education from the then Worcester State College. In addition to teaching at Sacred Heart School in Holyoke and Holy Trinity School in Greenfield, Sister has spent many years serving in the Worcester Diocese. There she taught at St. Mary's Milford, St. Mary’s and Trinity Catholic Academy in Southbridge, St. Stephen Elementary School, and Venerini Academy in Worcester. She also worked as a part-time teacher at the Mont Marie Child Care Center. Sr. Linda currently works at Salmon Health and Rehabilitation in Westboro, Mass. Sister presently resides in Worcester, Mass.
Sister Kathryn Gallagher (Patrick Adrienne) was born in Springfield, Mass. to Martin and Leonie (Dube) Gallagher and entered from All Souls Parish there. She earned an A.B. at the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee and an M.S. in Agricultural Technology from Central Missouri State University in Warrensville, Mo. Sister taught at St. Peter’s, Worcester, Cathedral High School, Springfield, Greenfield High School, and St. Mary’s, Westfield where she also served for a time as athletic director. She served in the African missions, first at the Sengera Girls Secondary School, Kisii, Kenya and later at the Kowak Catholic Mission in Tanzania. Most recently, she was principal for three years at Mount St. Joseph Academy, Rutland. Sister Kathryn is living in Castleton Vt. and teaches math at Fair Haven Union High School.
Born in Springfield Mass. to Robert and Phyllis (Sullivan) Hinga, Sister Kathleen Hinga (Robert Phyllis) entered from St. Mary Parish in Westfield. She earned a B.A. from the College of Our Lady of the Elms and an M.S.W in community organization, a PhD in social policy and sociology at Boston University as well as was a Public Service Fellow at Tufts University. Sister taught at St. Agnes, Dalton; Holy Name, Springfield; and Sacred Heart, Holyoke. She has worked at a number of agencies and organizations working with people who are poor: VISTA/Action, USA; the Springfield Action Commission; Massachusetts Office for Children, and the Franklin County Interfaith Council Project on Homelessness. Sister co-founded Montague Catholic Social Ministries in Franklin County, Mass. She served as an adjunct faculty member at Smith College in Northampton and a teaching fellow at Boston University. Sister served as an active member and board member of NETWORK a Catholic social justice lobby. She is a recipient of the Hubie Jones Urban Service Award from the Alumni of Boston University School of Social Work. She was a member of the Leadership Team from 1987 to 1993. Sr. Kathleen lives in Danbury Ct. where she is an assistant professor of social work at Western Connecticut State University.
Sister Patricia Murphy (James Dorothy) was born in Holyoke, Mass. to Edward and Sophia (Dubchak) Murphy and entered from St. Jerome Parish there. She earned an A.B. from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee. She taught at St. Joseph School, North Adams and St. Mary’s, Milford. Sister taught at Milford Catholic Elementary School before becoming its principal 1976-2005. She was vice-president of the Sisters of the Sisters of St. Joseph 2005-2011. Beginning in 2011, Sr. Patricia has served at the Clothing Center at the St. John’s Parish Ascension Campus and is director of the Afterschool Program for students of Union Hill School, Worcester. She lives in Uxbridge.
Sister Sheila Murphy (Timothy Anne) was born in Newport, R.I. to Henry and Mary Anne (Lyne) Murphy and entered from St. Augustin Parish there. She earned a B.A. at the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee and an M.A. in Human Development from Salve Regina College in Newport. Sister taught at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Holyoke; St. Paul’s, Blackstone; St. Matthew’s, Indian Orchard; and Newport County Catholic Regional School (which became All Saints Academy in 1994), Middletown, R.I. Currently Sr. Sheila works as parish minister at St. Lucy Parish, Middletown and serves at Caring Hands Eldercare, Newport. She is living in Newport.
Born in Achusnet, Mass. to Roger and Rita (Grenier) Quintin, Sister Rhea Quintin (Rita Joseph) entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Le Puy at Fall River from St. Joseph Parish, New Bedford. She earned a B.A. from Salve Regina College, Newport and an M. Ed. in Reading from (then) Bridgewater State College. Sister taught at St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s, New Bedford; Holy Cross, Springfield; and St. Jean Baptiste, Fall River. She worked at Weston Rehab and as an appointment driver at Mont Marie before beginning her work for the Sisters of Providence at their infirmary and at Mary’s Meadow. There she worked in medical records and served as assistant activities director and as a pastoral care assistant. Sr. Rhea currently serves as a member of the support team to sisters living in Framingham and Milton. She lives Brighton.
A native of Pittsfield, Mass. and born to Walter and Marion (Meehan) Reagan, Sister Kathleen Reagan (Marion Walter) entered from Sacred Heart Parish there. She attended the University of Massachusetts where she earned a B.A. in History, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology. She taught at St. Michael High School, Northampton and St. Peter High School, Worcester. Sister served on the faculty for 40 years at the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, beginning in 1974 as assistant professor, becoming an associate professor in 1988, and professor in 1997. She retired from the Elms in 2011 and was named professor emerita. Sr. Kathleen resides in Chicopee and continues her association with the Elms as an adjunct faculty member and academic coordinator of the HCC/Elms Program.
Sister Roberta Salah (Patricia Robert) was born in Worcester, Mass. to Robert and Patricia (McQuade) Salah and entered from St. Luke Parish, Westboro. She earned a BA from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee and M.Ed. in Elementary Education at (then) Worcester State College. She has served the Worcester Diocese as a teacher at a number of Schools: Sacred Heart, Gardner; St. Mary’s, Southbridge, Our Lady of the Valley, Uxbridge, St. Bernadette Pre-School and Day Care, Northboro, and Venerini Academy, Worcester. In addition to years as a teacher, Sister was principal at St. Mary’s and Trinity Catholic Academy, Southbridge, Milford Catholic Elementary School and assistant principal at St. Bernadette School in Northboro. She also worked for a time in the Mont Marie Development Office, Holyoke. Sr. Roberta is presently working as recreation assistant at Salmon Health and Rehabilitation in Westboro, Mass.
Born in North Adams, Mass. to Mathias and Dorothy (Rosasco) Schneider, Sister Jean Schneider (Stephen Mathias) entered from Our Lady of the Incarnation Parish there. She earned a B.A. at the College of Our Lady of the Elms and an M. Ed. In General Science from (then) Framingham State College. She taught at St. Mary, Morning Star, Pittsfield and St. Francis, Hillsgrove, R.I. Sister spent 28 years as a junior high school science teacher at Holy Cross, Springfield and 11 years teaching science in the junior high at St. Thomas the Apostle, West Springfield. Sr. Jean currently serves as a member of the support team to sisters living in Framingham and Milton. She lives in Brighton.
Born to Mathias and Dorothy (Rosasco) Schneider in North Adams, Mass., Sister Joan Schneider (Stephen Dorothy), entered from Our Lady of the Incarnation Parish there. She earned a B.A. at the College of Our Lady of the Elms and an M. Ed. In General Science from (then) Framingham State College. Sister taught at St. Marks, Pittsfield and Sacred Heart Academy and Worcester Central Catholic Elementary, both in Worcester. She worked for a year in the Conference Center at Mont Marie before beginning her 23 years of service in the junior high school at St. Mary’s, Westfield. Sr. Joan currently serves as a member of the support team to Sisters living in Framingham and Milton. She lives in Brighton.
Sister Linda Wilk (Clare Theodore) was born in Adams, Mass. to Theodore and Clara (Guerin) Wilk and entered from Notre Dame Parish there. She attended the College of Our Lady of the Elms where she earned an A.B., and from there went on to earn an M. Ed. in Education and Reading at (then) Westfield State College. Sister taught at St. Joseph’s, North Brookfield and St. Agnes School in Dalton where she remained for 42 years. Sr. Linda is currently missioned to Sheltering Wings in Burkina Faso, West Africa where she works with the people in the village of Kimini.
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