Sisters of St. Joseph Celebrate Special Anniversaries

6/14/2016 |

Several groups of Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield celebrated anniversaries of their entrance into religious life on Sunday, June 12.  The Sisters marked the occasion with a Mass and private gathering at Mont Marie in Holyoke, formerly the location of the Congregation’s Motherhouse.

In delivering the homily, Reverend Christopher D. Connelly, the Mass Celebrant, said “In the lives of these 37 women, we have seen faith, vocation, mission and ministry.  In the Sisters we honor today, we see the best virtues our Church and community have to offer.”

The ceremony included a renewal of vows for all the Sisters of St. Joseph in attendance. The celebrants included:

80 Years: Entered 1936

Sr. St. Louis PaquetteA native of Swansea, Mass., Sister St. Louis Paquette entered from St. Louis de France Parish there. She was a teacher in the Diocese of Fall River for 34 years including St. Michael School, Ocean Grove, Mass. and Blessed Sacrament in Fall River. Sister later served as director and principal of the Montessori School of the Angels in Westport, Mass. She retired to Mont Marie in 2001 and now resides at Mont Marie Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

 

 

 

75 Years: Entered in 1941

Sr, Theresa DerouinSister Theresa Derouin was born in Chicago, and entered from St. Mary’s Parish, Southbridge, Mass. She was a teacher for 50 years in the Dioceses of Springfield, Providence and Worcester in their language departments, including 14 years at St. Mary’s Westfield; St. Jerome’s, Holyoke; St. Catherine’s, Newport; and 23 years at Cathedral High School. She retired in 1994 and lives at Bethany Healthcare Center, Framingham, Mass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Imelda Maria FallonSister Imelda Maria Fallon was born in Southbridge, Mass. and entered from St. Mary’s Parish there. She was a teacher for 31 years in the Dioceses of Springfield and Worcester including Holy Trinity, Greenfield and Annunciation, Florence; Sacred Heart Academy and St. Peter’s, Worcester; St. Louis, Webster; Sacred Heart, Gardner; and St. Mary’s, Southbridge. Later she served as coordinator of Retired Sisters, Mont Marie, media coordinator, Office of Religious Education, Springfield, and later as secondary librarian/media, at Cathedral High School, Springfield. She was director of the Mont Marie Gift Shop for a time and the retired to Mont Marie in 2004. Currently, Sister lives at Bethany Health Care Center, Framingham, Mass.

 

 

 

Sr. Mary Bernadette LunneySister Mary Bernadette Lunney was born in Worcester, Mass., and entered from St. Bernard Parish, in that city. She taught for 28 years at various schools in the Dioceses of Springfield and Worcester. She was a missionary to Africa and later became a licensed practical nurse. She served in pastoral ministry at St. Mary's Parish, Cashton, Wis. and St. Teresa and St. Thomas Parish in Providence, R.I. She then served as a nurse for the retired sisters at Mont Marie Retirement Residence. She retired in 2000 and now lives at the Mont Marie Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Elizbeth MolloyBorn in Auburn, Mass., Sister Elizabeth Molloy (James Gertrude) entered from St. Joseph Parish, there. She taught for 38 years in the Dioceses of Springfield and Worcester including 10 years at Holyoke Catholic High School where she taught Math. She was CCD coordinator for nine years at St. Cecilia Parish, Wilbraham, and coordinator of New Initiatives Programs at Gray House, Springfield. She was director of Religious Education at St. Patrick and Nativity of the BVM Parishes in Chicopee, and then receptionist at the Maguire Center at Elms College in Chicopee. She retired in 2002 and resides at the Mont Marie Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

 

 

 

 

Sr. Ann MungovanSister Ann Mungovan (Margaret John) was born in Worcester, Mass. and entered from St. Ann Parish, there. A teacher in the Dioceses of Springfield and Worcester, she served at Sacred Heart, Holyoke; St. Louis School Webster, St. Joseph’s, Pittsfield; St. Michael’s, Northampton; Sacred Heart, Gardner; St. Mary’s, Milford and St. Peter’s, Worcester. Sister also spent 21 years as attendance secretary and religion teacher at Cathedral High School, Springfield. She retired in 1996 and lives at Mont Marie Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

 

 

 

70 Years: Entered in 1946

Sr. Frances BarrySister Frances Barry (Philip John) was born in Woonsocket, R.I. and entered from St. Louis Parish, Webster, Mass. She taught for 26 years in the Dioceses of Springfield and Providence and served as principal of St. Charles School, Pittsfield for four years. She began her work in pastoral ministry at St. Charles Parish, Pittsfield and served later at St. Paul Cathedral Parish, Worcester. She worked in outreach to the elderly at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish and at Dodepark Rest Home, Worcester before serving as pastoral minister at St. Joan of Arc Parish. She retired in 2015 and lives in Worcester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Ann ButlerBorn in Pittsfield, Sister Ann T. Butler (Catherine John) entered from Our Lady of Hope Parish, Springfield. She taught in schools in the Springfield and Providence Dioceses including 12 years at Cathedral High School, Springfield. She has also worked in the Intercessory Prayer Ministry at St. Patrick Parish, Providence, R.I. She is retired and living at Mont Marie Senior Residence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Mary Lou LaceySister Mary Lou Lacey (Edward Grace) was born in Holyoke, and entered from St. Jerome Parish there. She taught for 31 years in Springfield Diocesan Schools including 19 years at Cathedral High School. She then served as director of public information and public relations at Elms College in Chicopee until her retirement in 2001. Sister has also ministered at Weston Center for Women. She currently resides at Mont Marie Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

 

 

 

 

Sr. Mary LavelleBorn in Holyoke, Mass. Sister Mary F. Lavelle (Agnes Philippa) entered from Sacred Heart Parish there. She served as an educator for 41 years in the Dioceses of Springfield and Worcester including St. Joseph’s, Cherry Valley; Sacred Heart, Gardner; Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Springfield and Cathedral High School, Springfield. She was co-administrator of the Mont Marie Infirmary/Senior Sisters. Following a year as pastoral minister at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Northampton, she became community archivist at Mont Marie. Sister lives at Bethany Health Care Center, Framingham, Mass.

 

 

 

 

Sr.Mildred MarengoSister Mildred J. Marengo (Maria Peter) was born in Holyoke, and entered from Holy Rosary Parish there. She spent some 33 years as a teacher in the Dioceses of Springfield and Worcester including 21 years at Cathedral High School. She worked in Campus Ministry at the Newman Centers at both Amherst College and UMass Amherst, and was coordinator for Vocation Education at Mont Marie. She then worked as a grant writer for Weston Rehab, Mont Marie Health Care Center, and Mont Marie Child Care Center. She retired in 2006 and lives at the Mont Marie Senior Residence.

 

 

 

 

Sr. Eileen O'NeillBorn in Holyoke, Sister Eileen T. O’Neill (Maria Martin) entered from Sacred Heart Parish there. She was a teacher for more than 50 years in the Dioceses of Springfield, Worcester and Providence including 22 years as a junior high teacher at St. Mary School, Westfield. She is retired and lives in Holyoke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Estelle SantarpiaSister Estelle Santarpia (St. Pierre) was born in Fall River, Mass. and entered from St. Elizabeth Parish there. She was a teacher for 14 years in the Diocese of Fall River and Superior at St. Joseph Parish in Vinton, La. She served her Congregation as mistress of novices and provincial before a 1974 merger with the Springfield Sisters. She worked at the La Salette Retreat House in New Hampshire and in parish ministry at Sacred Heart Parish, Milford, Mass. Sister is retired and lives in Milford.

 

 

 

 

 

Sr.MarionDenise ScanlonBorn in Quincy, Mass., Sister Marion Denise Scanlan (Marion Ruth) entered the Rutland Congregation from Sacred Heart Parish, Weymouth, Mass. She was a teacher in the Diocese of Burlington, Vt. for 22 years including a year as principal of St. Peter’s Junior High School in Rutland. She later served as secretary to the president of the Congregation, managed the Congregation Gift Shop, and served on the Leadership Team. She is retired and living at Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham.

 

 

 

65 Years: Entered in 1951

Sr. Mary BehanA native of Newport, R.I., Sister Mary Behan entered from St. Joseph Church, Newport and worked in education for 14 years in the Dioceses of Springfield, Worcester, and Providence. Leaving the schools, Mary opened the Adult Religious Education Department at the Diocese of Springfield CCD Office, was a staff member at the Spirituality Center in Bloomfield, Conn., directed retreats at numerous retreat centers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. She served as Family Life Minister in St. Jude Parish, Lincoln, R.I. and pastoral minister at St. Teresa of Avila and St. Barnabas parishes, also in Rhode Island. She also served the Congregation as a member of the Leadership Team and as a member of the Federation Formation Team.

 

 

 

Sr. Margaret Henry BlicharzSister Margaret Henry Blicharz was born in West Rutland, Vt. and entered from St. Stanislaus Parish, West Rutland. She taught for 28 years at various schools in the Diocese of Burlington including St. Mary’s School, Fair Haven. She was a CCD teacher at St. Stanislaus School in West Rutland for a time. She is retired and living at Mont Marie Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

 

 

 

 

Sr. Annette Marie ChagnonSister Annette Marie Chagnon was born in Fall River, Mass. and entered from St. Michael Parish, Ocean Grove. She taught at St. Jean Baptiste, St. Roch, and Blessed Sacrament Schools, Fall River; St. Louis de France, Swansea; St. Joseph’s, New Bedford; St. Therese’s, New Bedford; and also the St. Joseph Montessori School, Fall River. She worked at Mont Marie as part of the support staff for the Conference Center and for Weston Rehab Associates. She is retired and lives in Holyoke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Mary GallagherBorn in West Springfield, Mass., Sister Mary E. Gallagher (James Irene) entered from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish there. She taught for nine years in schools in the Springfield Diocese until she became assistant librarian at Elms College, Chicopee. She was also a research scholar at Emmanuel College, served as an editor for Catholic Library World and was an officer of the Catholic Library Association. Sister became the Elms College archivist in 2000 and served for 12 years. She is retired and lives in Holyoke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Jean Marie LyonnaisBorn in New Bedford, Mass., Sister Jean Marie Lyonnais entered the Fall River Congregation from Sacred Heart Church, Fairhaven, Mass. She taught for more than 40 years in the Fall River Diocese including St. Jean Baptiste, Fall River; St. Michael’s, Ocean Grove and for 30 years at St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Schools in New Bedford. She then served as an aide at St. James/St. John School, New Bedford until her retirement in 2005. She lives in New Bedford.

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Irene MizulaBorn in Florence, Mass., Sister Irene A. Mizula (William Alice) entered from St. John Cantius Parish in Northampton. She taught for 15 years in the Diocese of Springfield and then served as administrator at the Mont Marie Infirmary. She worked as a residential supervisor at Youville House and pastoral associate at St. Joseph Parish, Worcester. She was a medical technologist at Medical Science Lab, Worcester and inter-library coordinator at Holy Cross College Science Library. She is retired and living at St. Joseph Senior Residence, Mont Marie.

 

 

 

Sister Joan F. Pollock (Maria William) was born in Philadelphia and entered from St. Joseph Parish, Newport, R.I. She taught for 30 years in the Dioceses of Springfield and Worcester including 13 years at Cathedral High School, Springfield, two years at St. Joseph High School, Pittsfield, and 15 years at St. Peter’s High School, Worcester. She worked in Accounts Receivable at Worcester’s Catholic Free Press. Currently she lives in Worcester and works at the Chancery Office as payroll and benefits administrator.

 

 

Sr. VIvian PyneBorn in Pawtucket, R.I., Sister Vivian Pyne (Michael Agnes) entered from Sacred Heart Parish there. She taught for 18 years in the Dioceses of Springfield, Worcester and Providence. She founded Mont Marie Day Care Nursery and served as director for 12 years, followed by 12 years as registrar at Genesis Spiritual Life Center in Westfield. She then served as elder service research coordinator at Mont Marie. She is retired and living at Mont Marie Senior Residence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. ELizabeth SullivanSister Elizabeth M. Sullivan (Mary Timothy) was born in Worcester, Mass. and entered from Immaculate Conception Parish there. She taught for 20 years in the Dioceses of Springfield and Worcester, including 11 years at Cathedral Grammar School. She also worked at the Elms College Library in Chicopee as a readers’ services assistant for more than 30 years. She lives at the Mont Marie Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

 

 

 


60 Years: Entered in 1956

A native of Uxbridge, Mass. Sister Mary Lou Brennan (Francis Elizabeth) entered from St. Mary’s Parish there. She taught at Sacred Heart, Pawtucket; Blessed Sacrament, Holyoke and Holy Cross, Springfield. She was a primary remedial reading and math teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle, West Springfield and she continues to serve there as a reading teacher. Sister Mary Lou lives in Holyoke.

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Eileen ChristopherA native of Worcester, Sister Eileen Joseph Christopher entered from Our Lady of the Angels Parish there. She served as a teacher at Holy Trinity, Greenfield; Annunciation, Florence; Sacred Heart, Pawtucket; Sacred Heart Academy and Worcester Central Catholic, Worcester. She worked in the religious education program in Forester, Mass. and as a library media specialist at Notre Dame Academy, Worcester. Sister Eileen Joseph is retired and resides at Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sister Mary K. Dutko (Mary Jonathan) was born at Langley AFB, Virginia and spent some years in Springfield before entering from Our Lady of Hope Parish, there. She taught at several schools including Blessed Sacrament, Holyoke; St Louis, Webster; Immaculate Conception, West Springfield; St. Patrick’s, Chicopee and Cathedral High School, Springfield. She ministered at Christ the King Parish, Tompkinsville, Ky., and worked as an administrative assistant at the Myotherapy/Exercise Center, Easthampton. She also worked as a videographer assistant at MA Medical Society. She was a switchboard operator at Mont Marie and presently serves as at the Congregation’s new administrative offices in Springfield and the Marian Center in Holyoke. Sister Mary K. is a former member of the Dan Kane Singers and lives in Chicopee.

 

 

 

Born in Holyoke, Mass., Sister Mary of Fatima Goonan, entered from St. Patrick Parish, Chicopee. Sister taught at Sacred Heart High School, Holyoke and St. Mary High School, Westfield before her service at Cathedral High School for 25 years. After returning from work at St. Catherine Indian School, N.M., she taught at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Springfield. She was a member of the support staff and a driver for Mont Marie, Holyoke. Sister Mary of Fatima is retired and living in Holyoke.

 

 

A native of Worcester, Mass., Sister Maryanne Guertin (Mary Edmond) entered from St. Andrew the Apostle Parish there. She taught at St. Mary High school, Westfield; Holyoke Catholic High School, Holyoke; St. Joseph Central Catholic High School, Pittsfield and Sacred Heart High School, Pawtucket. She also served as principal of St. Peter-Marian High School, Worcester before becoming a lecturer at Assumption College. Sister served as executive director at St. Vincent de Paul Place, Norwich, Conn. and worked as the ecumenical and interfaith officer for the Dioceses of Worcester and Norwich. She Maryanne currently works as an advocate in the Hampden County Sheriff's Department and lives in East Longmeadow.

 

 

 

 

Sister Joan Hawkins (James Joseph) was born in Pawtucket, R.I. and entered from Sacred Heart Parish, Pawtucket. She served in elementary education at St. Joseph’s, Pittsfield; Sacred Heart, Holyoke. Sister served at St. Francis School, Warwick for 36 years, the first sixteen years as teacher and the final twenty years as principal. Currently she volunteers as a Eucharistic minister for St. Francis Parish and its nursing home. Sr. Joan resides in Warwick and serves at the Washington Park Community Center, Providence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Pawtucket, R.I., Sister Arlene Kalin (Walter Madeline) entered from St. Edward Parish there. She has served as an elementary school teacher at schools in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  She was director of religious education at St. Ann Parish, Cranston and St. William’s, Warwick where she subsequently served as pastoral minister. She was director of operations at Warwick House of Hope and worked at The DaVinci Center for Community Progress and Kent House in Warwick. Sister Arlene is retired and lives in Providence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sister Ann Lynch (Alice Edmond) was born in Springfield. Mass. and entered from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, West Springfield. She taught in schools in the Springfield Diocese including Holy Family and Cathedral High School. She was director of public relations for the Sisters of St. Joseph, editor of their newspaper, Mission, served as coordinator of the Office of Peace and Justice and worked on the S.E.E.D. Committee. Sister currently serves as co-coordinator of the Congregation’s Ecology Committee and lives in Holyoke.

 

 

 

 

 

A native of Rutland, Vermont, Sister Margaret McDevitt (Matthew Joseph) entered from St. Peter’s Parish there. She taught at Christ the King and St. Peter Schools in Rutland; Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows School, Fairhaven, Vt.; and Sacred Heart School, Bennington, Vt. She also served as religious education coordinator at Sacred Heart Parish, Bennington. Sister lives in Rutland where she has served in pastoral ministry at Rutland Regional Medical Center since 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Sister Mary Marrin (Veronica Anthony) entered from Our Lady of Fatima Parish there. She taught at St. Paul’s, Blackstone; Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Holy Family Schools, Springfield and St. Mary Grammar School, Westfield. Sister was chaplain at (formerly) Mercy Hospital, Springfield and the Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield. She also served as switchboard operator and receptionist at Mont Marie. She is retired and resides in Holyoke.

 

 

 

 

 

Sr Peggy O'NeilSister Margaret O’Neil (Maria Francis) was born in Florence, Mass. and entered from St. Mary’s Parish, Northampton. She taught at Our Lady of Hope, Springfield; St. Matthew’s, Indian Orchard; St. Mary’s, Southbridge; St. Peter’s, Worcester and St. Mark’s, Pittsfield. She served as pastoral minster at St. Joseph Parish, North Scituate, R.I. and as pastoral minister and director of religious education at St. Cecilia Parish in Wilbraham. She was also director of religious education at St. Mary’s, Westfield and was director of the Divine Mercy Intercessory Prayer Ministry. Most recently, she was pastoral minister at St. Mark Parish in Pittsfield. She is retired and living in St. Joseph’s Hall, Framingham, Mass.

 

 

Born in Springfield, Mass., Sister Beverly Rochford (Martin Patrick) entered from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, West Springfield. She taught at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Springfield before going to Cathedral High School, where she taught physical education for 14 years. Sister worked as a physical fitness instructor at multiple parishes in Springfield, Holyoke, Wilbraham, and Palmer. She was the chairperson of the Sisters of St. Joseph Craft Festival more than 20 years, an assistant at the Mont Marie Sweet Suite, and supervised the physical fitness program at Mont Marie. She also organized trips for the Northampton Council on Aging. Sr. Beverly lives in Holyoke and continues her work with seniors, organizing trips for the West Springfield Council on Aging.

 

 

A native of New Bedford, Mass., Sr. Claudette Samson (Lucille Marie) entered from St. Theresa Parish there. She served at Blessed Sacrament, St. Jean Baptist and St. Matthew Convents in Fall River and St. Joseph Convent, New Bedford. She was community driver for the Blessed Sacrament Convent, Fall River and did domestic work at the Oblate Retreat House, Hudson, N.H. She continues to serve the Congregation as appointment driver and lives in Chicopee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sister Kathleen Wallace (Margaret Kenneth) was born in Springfield, Mass. and entered from St. Matthew Parish, Indian Orchard. She taught at Cathedral Elementary, Springfield and St. Joseph, Sacred Heart and St. Mark schools in Pittsfield. She served as pastoral minister at St. Teresa Parish, Pittsfield before becoming principal at Sacred Heart. She also served as principal and later religious liaison at St. Mary’s, Lee. Sr. Kathleen is retired and volunteers at Hospice Care in the Berkshires. She lives in Pittsfield.

 

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