Sisters of St. Joseph Celebrate Special Anniversaries

6/10/2018 |

 

Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield who entered religious life 60, 65, 70 or 75 years ago, celebrated their anniversaries June 10.  The Sisters marked the occasion with a Mass and private gathering at Mont Marie in Holyoke.

 

60 YEARS ENTERED IN 1958

 

Sr. Jean BostleySr. Jean Bostley, SSJ

Sister Jean Bostley (Sr. Margaret Gerald), was born in Greenfield, Mass. and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from Holy Trinity Parish. Sister was a teacher and long-time librarian at St. Joseph Central High School, Pittsfield, spending more than 31 years at the school. Prior to that time she taught at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Worcester and St. Thomas the Apostle School, West Springfield. She was also Executive Director of the Catholic Library Association, 1995-2011. Sr. Jean lives in Pittsfield and works in visitor services at the Hancock Shaker Village.

 

Sr. Mary Patricia Carr, SSJ

Formerly of Boston, Sister Mary Patricia Carr, SSJ (Sr. Lawrence Margaret) entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Springfield, Mass. She was involved in elementary education in several schools in the Providence, R.I. and Springfield dioceses. She ministered in pastoral care at Providence Hospital, Holyoke and was congregational representative at Mont Marie Health Care Center. Prior to retiring, she was a licensed clinical social worker in Springfield.

 

Sr. Gloria Corriveau, SSJ

Sister Gloria Corriveau (Sr. Veronica Emile), a native of Southbridge, Mass., entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from Sacred Heart Parish. Sister taught at St. Louis, Webster; Sacred Heart, Gardner and St. Joseph’s, North Adams. She also taught at Our Lady of the Valley, Uxbridge for 16 years before becoming principal in 1998. She served the Congregation as a driver and aide to the retired sisters in the Mont Marie retirement community. Sr. Gloria lives in Framingham.

 

Sr. Patricia Curran, SSJ

Sister Patricia Curran (Sr. Dorothy John), native of Southbridge, Mass., entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Mary Parish. She taught at St. Joseph’s, North Brookfield and Sacred Heart, Gardner, where she later became principal. She also served as principal at Annunciation School, Florence and Our Lady’s Regional School, Vinton, La. She worked as an LPN at Farren Memorial Hospital, Montague and the Mont Marie Infirmary. After serving for 8 years in Korea with the Maryknoll Sisters, she ministered at Holy Rosary Parish, Hadley and served as congregational representative at Mont Marie Health Care Center. She staffed and managed the Mont Marie Gift Shop for many years and later worked as receptionist at the Congregation’s new administrative offices in Springfield. Sister lives in Holyoke and volunteers in the SSJ Development Office.

 

Sr. Mary Duffy, SSJ

A native of Pawtucket, R.I. Sister Mary Duffy (Sr. Dolores Francis) entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from Sacred Heart Parish. She was an elementary teacher at Blessed Sacrament, Holyoke; St. Charles School, Pittsfield; St. Lucy School, Middletown, R.I.; and Our Lady of Hope School, Springfield. She served as director of religious education at St. Anne Parish, Chicopee and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Granby. Sister served as religious education coordinator for the Diocese of Worcester at the South County Offices of Religious Education in Webster and Dudley, and later at the East County Office in Milford. She was also director of religious education at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Worcester. Sister then worked as director of pastoral care at Madonna Manor Health Care, North Attleboro and St. Mary Health Care, Worcester. Most recently she was part of the support team to the retired Springfield Sisters in living in Milton and Framingham. She is retired and lives in Framingham.

 

Sr. Mary Lou Gillon, SSJ

Born in Holyoke, Mass., Sister Mary Lou Gillon (Sr. James Regina) entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from Sacred Heart Parish, Holyoke. Sister taught at St. Mary’s High School, Westfield and Holyoke Catholic High School. She was pastoral minister at St. Mary’s in Haydenville. Sister did pastoral ministry among the sick and elderly through the Springfield Diocesan Office of Pastoral Ministry and was also director of Pastoral Ministry at Mont Marie. Sr. Mary Lou lives in Holyoke and serves the people of Blessed Sacrament Parish as pastoral minister to the homebound and sick.

 

Sr. Kathleen Imbruno, SSJ

Sister Kathleen Imbruno (Sr. Alfred Theresa) was born in Milford, Mass. and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish.  She was a secondary teacher at St. Catherine Academy, Newport; Sacred Heart and Bishop Keough High Schools, Pawtucket. Sister also taught at Marianhill School, Southbridge, and was Principal of Mary Immaculate Grammar School, Holyoke before becoming a Spanish instructor at Elms College in 1977. She went on to become both an associate professor and professor at Elms where she served for 22 years. Sister also served her Congregation as Coordinator of Membership and Association and as a member of the 2005-2011 Leadership Team. She was also site coordinator at Homework House, Holyoke. Sr. Kathleen lives in Holyoke.

 

Sr. Margaret Kenny, SSJ

Sister Margaret Kenney (Sr. Marie James), is a native of Newport, R.I. and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Joseph Parish. She was an elementary teacher at St. Mary’s, Milford; Immaculate Conception, Easthampton; and Our Lady of Hope, Springfield. She also taught at St. Joseph Central High School, Pittsfield before serving as principal of Notre Dame Middle School, for 11 years. She worked as a resource teacher at Our Lady of Hope School and a middle school math teacher in the Holyoke Public Schools Alternative Program. Currently, Sr. Margaret lives in Holyoke and is a supervisor at the Guadalupe Site of Homework House.

 

Sr. Paula Misitano, SSJ

Born in Springfield, Sister Paula Misitano (Sr. Vincent Anne) entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish. She was an elementary teacher at Immaculate Conception, Easthampton; Holy Name, Springfield; St. Joseph’s, Cherry Valley; Sacred Heart, Pittsfield; and St. Mary’s Central Catholic High, Milford. She was secretary to the President of the Sisters of St. Joseph and later at the Mont Marie Health Care Center. She also served as secretary at Cathedral High School, the Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, the Office of Pastoral Ministry for the Diocese of Springfield, and at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Northampton. Sr. Paula lives in Holyoke and is a volunteer in both the Congregation’s Development and Archives departments, and a local parish “Take and Eat” Program.

  

Sr. Eileen Murphy, SSJ

Sister Eileen Murphy (Sr. Henry Mary) was born in Newport, R.I. and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Augustin Parish. She taught at Cathedral High School for ten years and Holyoke Catholic High School for 13 years, before becoming a mathematical science teacher at the College of Our Lady of the Elms for 23 years. After her retirement, she has continued her relationship with the Elms as a volunteer, and also volunteers as a tutor for the Hampden County Department of Corrections at its various sites. Sr. Eileen lives in Holyoke.

 

Sr. Miriam Francis Predom, SSJ

Sister Miriam Francis Predom was born in Ludlow, Vt. and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rutland from Annunciation Parish.  She became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 2001 when the two Communities merged, and was president of the Rutland Congregation at the time of the reunification. She has also served her congregation as a member of the Executive Council, director of novices, Motherhouse coordinator, and director of operations for the Rutland Congregation’s property. Over the years Sister also served at the College of St. Joseph, Rutland in a number of capacities, including cook, dorm director, bookstore manager, and director of maintenance. Most recently she was co-director of the Clementwood Spiritual Life Center. Sr. Miriam is congregational contact for the Sisters in Rutland, where she resides.

 

Sr. Patricia Rahaim, SSJ

A native of Worcester, Mass., Sister Patricia Rahaim (Sr. Paul Marie) entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from Our Lady of Mercy Parish. She taught at St. Catherine Academy, Newport; St. Louis High School, Webster; Academy of the Sacred Heart, Worcester; and St. Mary’s, Milford. She also served at Bishop Keough High School, Pawtucket and Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro and was vice-principal at St. Raphael Academy, Pawtucket. Most recently she was the computer teacher at St. Mary Academy, Bay View, where she also served as chairperson of that department. She resides in Riverside, R.I.

 

Sister Simone Rodrigues, SSJ

Sister Simone Marie Rodrigues (Sr. Marguerite du Sacré Coeur) was born in New Bedford, Mass. and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Le Puy in Fall River from St. Joseph Parish. She became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield when the two congregations merged in 1974. Sister taught at Blessed Sacrament School in Fall River, St. Michael School in Swansea, and St. Joseph and St. Theresa schools in New Bedford. She also served as religious education coordinator at St. Joseph Parish, Vinton, La., St. Peter’s in Worcester and St. Francis Xavier’s in Acushnet, Mass. She was a staff member at the Oblate Retreat House in Hudson, N.H. She also worked as a secretary in St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in Acushnet from 1989 until her retirement in July of 2011. She lives in Holyoke.

 

Sr. Eunice Tassone, SSJ

Born in North Adams, Mass., Sister Eunice Tassone (Sr. Lawrence Anthony) entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Anthony Parish. She was an elementary teacher at St. Louis, Webster; St. Stephen's, Worcester; Blessed Sacrament, Holyoke; Holy Trinity, Greenfield, and St. Agnes, Dalton. She spent three years teaching in a native school in Black Tickle, Labrador, Newfoundland. Sister was director of Faith Formation at St. Francis Parish, North Adams before teaching at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School, Pittsfield. She founded and served as director of the Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY) and the Haiti Plunge in North Adams. She is currently working with Haiti Plunge Inc. and lives in North Adams when not in Haiti.

 

65 YEARS ENTERED IN 1953

 

Sr. Ann Gibeault

Sister Ann Gibeault (Sr. Dorothy Alfred) was born in Pawtucket, R.I. and entered from Holy Trinity Parish, Central Falls R.I. Sister taught in a number of schools in the Springfield, Worcester and Providence Dioceses: St. Mary’s, Southbridge, St. Mary’s, Northampton, Blessed Sacrament, Greenfield, St. Joseph’s, North Brookfield, Sacred Heart, Pawtucket, Holy Trinity, Central Falls, Our Lady of Consolation, Pawtucket, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy, Central Falls. She served as coordinator of Religious Education at St. Joseph Parish, North Brookfield and Sacred Heart Parish, Pawtucket, R.I. She is retired and living in Pawtucket.

 

Sr. Esther Hannigan

Born in Milford, Mass., Sister Esther Hannigan (Sr. Timothy Therese) entered from St. Mary Parish. She taught in the Catholic Schools of the Dioceses of Springfield, Worcester and Providence for 22 years including Sacred Heart and Blessed Sacrament, Holyoke, Cathedral High School Springfield, and St. Xavier Academy and Bishop Keough High School, Providence. Sister served in Pastoral Ministry in Jamaica, N.Y. and Adult and Family Learning Education in R.I. She also volunteered as Chaplain at Women and Infants Hospital, Providence. Sister is retired and lives in Holyoke.

 

Sr. Judith Kappenman

Sister Judith Kappenman (Sr. Kathleen Frederick) was born in Ethan, S.D. and entered from St. Thomas Parish the Apostle Parish, West Springfield, Mass. She taught at Sacred Heart, Holyoke; Immaculate Conception, Easthampton; St. Patrick, Chicopee Falls; St. Peter’s and St. Peter-Marian High School, Worcester. After her retirement from Cathedral High School, Springfield in 2000, she authored a book about the life her grandfather, John Donohue, born in South Boston and sent to South Dakota aboard an orphan train. She also worked with The Republican newspaper in co editing a book on Irish immigration to the area. She served as executive director of the Irish Cultural Center at Elms College from 2003-2012. Sister is living in Chicopee and sings in St. Michael’s Cathedral Choir and the Springfield Symphony Chorus.

 

Sister Paula A. Kelleher

After graduating from Saint Peter’s High School in Worcester, Sister Paula Kelleher entered the Community of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Springfield. Sister taught in Gardner and served as principal in Holyoke and in Leicester. She also served as pastoral associate in Spencer and Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Worcester from which she retired in 2014. She currently holds the position of interim Episcopal Representative to Religious. Sister Paula also does volunteer work at the Chaplain’s office at Saint Vincent Hospital and visits the convents of the retired Religious on a regular basis.

 

Sr. Edith McAlice

Sister Edith McAlice (Sr. Marian Leo) was born in Pawtucket, R.I., and entered from Sacred Heart Parish. She taught in St. Charles School, Pittsfield and was librarian at Elms College for twenty years. She also served two terms on the Executive Board of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Beginning in 1987 she ministered for 22 years as pastoral minister at St. Patrick Parish, Chicopee Falls, Mass. In 2003 she was honored by the Chicopee St. Patrick Parade Committee as the Marshall of the Chicopee contingent in the Holyoke St. Patrick Parade. Most recently Sr. Edie volunteered in the Mont Marie Development Office. Sr. Edie is retired and lives in Framingham.

 

Sr. Theresa Murtha

Born in Pawtucket, R.I., Sister Theresa Murtha (Sr. Mary Catherine) entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Sacred Heart Parish, Pawtucket. She taught in the Diocese of Springfield at Cathedral High School and in the Diocese of Providence at St. Catherine’s Academy. Sister also served as registrar at Elms College. She was adult education coordinator at Providence Adult Education and at Geffroy Neurological, Providence. Sr. Theresa is retired and lives in Framingham.

 

Sr. Jeanne O'Shea

Sister Jeanne O'Shea (Sr. Margaret Brendan) was born in Northampton, Mass. and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Mary Parish. Before entering, Sister worked in the Northampton Public School System for two years. Prior to serving as librarian at Cathedral High School, Springfield for 14 years, she taught in both the grammar and high school at St. Mary, Westfield. She then returned to St. Mary for another 14 years as school librarian. She was a home health aide both in home health care and Hospice in the Springfield area for 12 years. Sister is retired and lives in Chicopee.

 

Sr. Constance Quinlan

A Pittsfield, Mass. native, Sister Constance Quinlan (Sr. Madeline Leo) entered from St. Joseph Parish, Pittsfield. Sister taught at Immaculate Conception School, West Springfield and Holyoke Catholic High School, Holyoke. She was Principal of St. Mary High School, Westfield for ten years and in 1979 was elected Vice-President of the Sisters of St. Joseph for two terms. She served in Family Life Ministry at the Diocesan Christian Life Center in Springfield and later as administrator of Mont Marie Infirmary in Holyoke. She was later appointed director of Social Services and congregational representative at the newly formed Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke. In 1993 she was elected president of the Sisters of St. Joseph for a six year term and following that served as director of Development for the Congregation. She is retired, lives in Holyoke, and volunteers in the Development Office now located in Springfield.

 

Sister Eileen M. Shea

Sister Eileen M. Shea (Sr. Rita James) was born in Springfield, Mass. and entered the from St. Michael’s Cathedral Parish, Springfield. Sister taught in the Springfield Diocesan Schools and served as principal of St. Michael’s Elementary School, Northampton and Holy Cross School, Springfield. She worked for Visiting Nurse Health Services as a Hospice Chaplain in Portsmouth, R.I. Sr. Eileen has also volunteered at Maplewood Farm helping to carry out its mission of bringing locally grown fresh vegetables to the community.  She lives in Portsmouth.

 

70 YEARS ENTERED IN 1948

 

 

 

Sr. Catherine Hayes

Sr. Catherine Hayes (Sr. Catherine Edmund), a native of Springfield, Mass., entered from Holy Name Parish, Springfield. She taught at Cathedral High School for 43 years and served at the Alumnae Library of the College of Our Lady of the Elms for nearly ten years. She was awarded the St. Joseph Medal by Cathedral High School in 2006. She is a resident of East Longmeadow.

 

 

Sr. Mary Lyons

Sr. Mary Lyons (Sr. Raymond Maria) was born in Holyoke and entered from St. Jerome Parish. She taught in many schools in the Springfield Diocese: at St. Mary’s, Pittsfield; Immaculate Conception, Easthampton; St. Mary High School, Northampton; St. Joseph High School, North Adams and Cathedral High School, Springfield. She also taught at Sacred Heart Academy, Worcester and St. Joseph’s, Leicester in the Worcester Diocese. Sister was a Eucharistic minister for more than 30 years and also worked for more than 25 years in the R.C.I.A. program at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Holyoke. She ministered for over 20 years on the Mont Marie staff as a nurses’ aide. Sr. Mary is retired and lives in Milton.

 

Sr. Ruth Virginia Quinn

Sr. Ruth Virginia Quinn was born in Worcester, Mass. and entered from St. John Parish. Sister has served the Diocese of Springfield for 67 years. She taught at Sacred Heart School, Holyoke, and for three years at Holy Family School, Springfield. From 1966-1976 Sister worked to open 13 Religious Education Centers for Exceptional Children in the Springfield Diocese. After her retirement in 2004, she continued to serve at Holy Name Parish as secretary for Religious Education and as a tutor at St. Michael’s Academy. She was awarded the George W. Bush Points of Light Award in 2004 for her 23 years of volunteer work at Ronald McDonald House. She lives in Holyoke.

 

Sr. Loretta Scarlett

Sister Loretta Scarlett (Sr. Vincent Joseph) was born in South Barre, Mass. and entered from St. Thomas Parish, South Barre. Sister taught at many schools in the Springfield Diocese: Cathedral Grammar, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, St. Matthew’s and Holy Name Schools in Springfield; and St. Agnes School, Dalton. She also served in the Worcester Diocese at St. Mary’s, Southbridge; St. Joseph’s, North Brookfield; and Sacred Heart, Gardner, where she also served as principal and pastoral associate in the parish. Sr. Loretta is retired and resides in Framingham.

 

Sr. Anne Marie Wildenhain

Sister Anne Marie Wildenhain (Sr. Cecilia John) a native of Pawtucket, R.I., entered from St. Joseph Parish. She spent 18 years teaching at St. Joseph School, Newport. Sister has served the people of God in the Diocese of Worcester for more than 47 years. She taught at Sacred Heart, Gardner, and Worcester Central Catholic School. She also served as principal at St. Joseph’s, Leicester. Sister began her work as a pastoral assistant at St. Richard of Chichester Parish, Sterling, Mass. in 1988. She continues to serve there and lives in Worcester.

 

75 YEARS ENTERED IN 1943

 

 

Sr. Janice Molloy

Sister Janice Molloy (Sr. Elizabeth James) a native of Auburn, Mass., entered from St. Joseph Parish, Auburn. She taught at St. Thomas the Apostle and Immaculate Conception schools in West Springfield and Holy Name School, Springfield. The majority of her teaching, however, was at Cathedral High School, Springfield where she served as a biology teacher in the Science Department for forty years. Sister is a 2014 recipient of the St. Joseph Award given by Cathedral High School. She is retired and resides in West Springfield.

 

Sr. Mary Ellen Murphy

Sister Mary Ellen Murphy (Sr. Stephen Maria) a native of Holyoke, Mass., entered from Sacred Heart Parish. She taught at Our Lady of Hope, Holy Family, and Cathedral High Schools, Springfield and St. Charles School, Pittsfield. Sister later served as librarian at St. Joseph’s, Pittsfield, St. Mary’s, Milford, Sacred Heart, Holyoke, and Our Lady of Hope, Springfield. She worked on the Central Services staff at The College of Our Lady of the Elms College for several years before her retirement in 1996. Sister continued to volunteer at Elms College until 2008. Sr. Mary Ellen resides in Framingham.

 

Sr. Patricia Francis Sharron

Sister Patricia Francis Sharron, a native of North Adams, Mass., entered from St. Francis Parish, North Adams. Sister taught at St. Mary School, Pittsfield and Holy Name School Springfield. She served as housekeeper at the Bishop's residence for more than 26 years. Sister is living at the Mont Marie Health and Rehabilitation Center, Holyoke.

 

85 YEARS ENTERED IN 1933

 

Sr. Mary Beatrice Gauthier

Sister Mary Beatrice Gauthier, a native of Bennington, Vt., entered from Sacred Heart Parish, Bennington. She taught at St. Peter and Christ the King Schools and Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Rutland; St. Charles School in Bellows Falls; Sacred Heart and St. Francis de Sales Schools in Bennington. She also served on the staff of Mt. St. Joseph Convent, Rutland. Sister is living at the Mont Marie Health and Rehabilitation Center, Holyoke.

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