A group of eight Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield celebrated the 50th anniversary of their entrance into religious life on Sunday, September 10. The Sisters marked the Jubilee with a Mass and reception at St. Thomas Church in West Springfield. The Mass was celebrated by Father Kenneth Tatro.
The celebrants, who chose a theme “Love Changes Everything”, included Sisters Mary Fallon, Mary Ferguson, Denise Granger, Carol Hebert, Patricia Hottin, Patricia McDonnell, Catherine Morin and Eileen Sullivan.
The group expressed gratitude for their families, teachers, colleagues and friends who helped them through their five decades of service. In her reflection, Sr. Patricia Hottin said, “The eight of us celebrating today have looked around our cities, near and far, and have responded to God’s people. We are peacemakers and activists, educators and ministers of parish life. We are mental health providers and directors of service organizations, financial managers and administrative assistants…we represent 400 years of service to the people of God.”
The Jubilarians are:
Born in Holyoke, Sister Mary Fallon entered from Holy Cross Parish, Holyoke. She was an elementary school teacher at St. Joseph’s, North Adams; St. Mary’s, Southbridge; Mater Dolorosa, Holyoke; St. Mary’s, Longmeadow; and Our Lady School in Sulphur, La. Sister was an appointment driver for the retired sisters at Mont Marie. Sr. Mary resides in Holyoke and serves as receptionist at the congregational administrative offices in Springfield.
Sister Mary Ferguson was born in Worcester, graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and entered from St. Bernard Parish. She served for 24 years in Pittsfield at St. Mary the Morning Star and St. Mark and Notre Dame Middle Schools. She taught religion for 10 years at St. Mary High School, Westfield before becoming a member of the 2005-2011 Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Currently Sister Mary is director of the Congregation’s development office and lives in West Springfield.
A native of Chicopee, Sister Denise Granger entered from St. Rose de Lima Parish. The former principal of Cathedral High School, she served at Cathedral for 25 years beginning with 13 years as a history teacher. She also taught at Holy Family, Springfield. She was associate principal at St. Thomas the Apostle School, West Springfield. She served on the 2005-2011 Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Joseph and is now the Congregation’s Justice and Peace coordinator. Sr. Denise is living in Holyoke.
Sister Carol Hebert is a native of Chicopee and entered from St. Rose de Lima Parish. She was a high school teacher at St. Mary’s, Milford; St. Joseph Central, Pittsfield; and Holyoke Catholic, Holyoke. She also taught at St. Michael Academy, Springfield. Sister was director of Campus Ministry at Elms College, and also served as a campus minister at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, and at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She was a forensic clinician at the Hampden County Correction Center, Ludlow and a crisis clinician at Mt. Tom Crisis Center, Holyoke. Most recently, she was member of the 2011-2017 Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Sr. Carol resides in Chicopee.
Sister Patricia Hottin was born in Springfield and entered from Our Lady of Hope Parish. She was an elementary teacher at St. Mary’s, Uxbridge and St. Michael’s, Northampton. She served as an early childhood educator at Mont Marie (Day) Child Care Center for 11 years before becoming its director in 1987, a position she held for 11 years. She served at Elms College as Director of Student Development and Associate Dean of Students. Currently the principal of St. Thomas the Apostle School, West Springfield and Sister Patricia lives in Agawam.
Born in Springfield, Sister Patricia McDonnell entered from Our Lady of Hope Parish. She was an elementary teacher at St. Joseph’s, North Adams; St. Michael’s, Northampton; and Mary Immaculate, Holyoke. She served as director of the Sisters of St. Joseph Center for Reflective Action. Sister also ministered at the Open Pantry Greenwich Shelter, Jefferson Avenue Shelter, and Open Door Social Services in Springfield. She was a member of the 1999-2005 Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Sr. Patricia is living in Holyoke and works at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council in Easthampton as a social worker.
Sister Catherine Morin was born in Springfield and entered from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish. She was an elementary school teacher at St. Mary the Morning Star, Pittsfield; Sacred Heart, Gardner; St. Matthew’s, Indian Orchard; and St. Rose of Lima, Warwick, R.I. She has served for many years in the Congregation’s accounting office both at Mont Marie and the administrative offices in Springfield. Sr. Catherine resides in Holyoke.
Born in Springfield, Sister Eileen Sullivan entered from Our Lady of Hope Parish. She was an elementary school teacher at St. Agnes, Dalton and Sacred Heart, Springfield. She served as assistant dean of students at Elms College and vocation education coordinator for the Sisters of St. Joseph. She served at the Gray House, Springfield and was pastoral minister at Sacred Heart Parish, Feeding Hills. Sr. Eileen is living in Springfield and has been working in the Pastoral Outreach Ministry at St. Michael’s Cathedral Parish since 2000.
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