Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield who entered religious life 60, 65, 70 or 75 years ago, celebrated their anniversaries June 9. The Sisters marked the occasion with a Mass at Mont Marie, followed by a private gathering.
Sister Marilyn Bello
Sister Marilyn Bello was born in Vinton, LA and entered from St. Joseph Parish, Vinton, LA. She began her teaching ministry at St. Joseph School in the Diocese of Lake Charles, LA and also taught in other schools in that diocese. She served as both the librarian and a religion teacher at Our Lady’s School in Sulphur, LA. Sister Marilyn also served as a pharmacy technician at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Lake Charles. She arrived in Fall River in 1993 to serve as an assistant and reading teacher at the Montessori School of the Angels there. After leaving education she worked for a time at the Open Window Book Store in Chicopee. She lives in Framingham.
Sister Margaret Crowley
Sister Margaret Crowley (Nora Francis) is a native of Springfield, MA who entered the Community from Holy Family Parish. She taught in the Diocese of Worcester at St. Mary’s School in Southbridge. She served in the Springfield Diocese in several elementary schools, teaching at Sacred Heart, Holyoke; St. Agnes, Dalton; Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Springfield; St. Thomas the Apostle, West Springfield; and, Mount Carmel in Chicopee. On the secondary level, she taught at Cathedral High School, Springfield for nine years. Thereafter, she was assigned as principal at several elementary schools including Our Lady of Hope School, Springfield for nine years, St. Matthew’s, Indian Orchard for one year, and St. Agnes in Dalton for six years, to which she traveled daily. Before retiring she worked as a classroom assistant at Holy Name and St. Joan of Arc Schools in Chicopee. Sr. Margaret resides at Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham.
Sister Lorraine Durand
Sister Lorraine Durand was born in Fall River, MA and entered from St. Louis de France Parish in Swansea. She served in many schools in the Diocese of Fall River including St. Michael’s in Swansea, and St. Theresa’s and St. Joseph’s in New Bedford. She spent ten years as a Pastoral Team Member at Queen of Peace Parish in Texas. She then worked at Mont Marie as an appointment driver and administrator. Sister Lorraine then served the Elms College Community in Chicopee in the Central Services Department for ten years. Most recently she served as Director of Congregational Services both at Mont Marie and the Carew Street Offices. She is retired and lives in Holyoke.
Sister Frances Gloster
Sister Frances Gloster was born in Springfield, MA and entered from St. Michael’s Cathedral Parish. She served as a teacher in many elementary schools in the Springfield Diocese including Sacred Heart, Holyoke; St. Charles, Pittsfield; Our Lady of the Sacred Heart; Immaculate Conception and Notre Dame Schools; and St. Michael’s, Northampton; Holy Name, Chicopee as well as at Cathedral High School. She was also principal at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Holyoke for four years. She was Director of Religious Education of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Agawam and ministered in the Office of Pastoral Ministry for the Diocese of Springfield. She was also an ESL Tutor for several years at the International Language Institute in Northampton and at the Gray House in Springfield. Sr. Fran lives in Chicopee.
Sister Catherine Homrok
Sr. Catherine Homrok was born in Holyoke, MA and entered from St. Michael Byzantine Rite Parish in South Hadley. She served for a short time as a teacher and instructor in the Drama Department at Elms College. She then went on to work with special needs children at the Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults at Jericho, Holyoke and was a residential Coordinator at the PACE Center for Human Development in West Springfield. She has worked as a writer and producer for the Chalice of Salvation and Catholic Communications Office. She served on the Leadership Team for the Sisters of St. Joseph 1993-1999. Most recently Sister has worked as Director of Pastoral Ministry for the Diocese of Springfield and served for five years as Coordinator of the Diocesan Catholic Women’s Conference. Sr. Cathy is retired and living in Framingham.
Sister Carol Lareau
Sr. Carol Lareau was born in Worcester, MA and entered from St. Peter’s Parish there. She served as an elementary teacher at St. Charles, Pittsfield, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Springfield, and St. Mary’s, Longmeadow. She was Director of Guidance at St. Mark’s, Pittsfield and Our Lady of Hope School, Springfield. In 1982, Sister began her many years of ministry with the deaf, first through the Office for Parish Ministry With Disabled Persons at Jericho House in Holyoke, and then as Director of Ministry with the Deaf for the Diocese of Springfield. In 2012, she served as a mentor for incarcerated women in the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department. Sr. Carol lives in Chicopee and currently ministers as a Sign Language interpreter for Religious services for the deaf.
Sister Jane Thomas
Sr. Jane Thomas was born in West Springfield, MA and entered from Immaculate Conception Parish in West Springfield. She taught at a number of diocesan elementary and secondary schools from 1962 to 1974. She then began 32 years of employment with Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts. She served as Activities Director, adapting toys and computers with a special focus on helping children who were nonverbal. In 1980, she established the Graphic Arts/Medical Photography Department, taking photos of children before, during and after surgery and preparing material for medical presentations. After retiring from Shriners in 2005, she did Graphic Arts for Platinum Properties, USA in North Carolina. Currently, she lives in West Springfield and works on the SSJ Tech Team, helping sisters with computer issues.
Sister Joyce Wise
Sister Joyce Wise is a Springfield native and entered from St. Michael’s Cathedral Parish there. She taught in academics and physical education at various Diocesan schools for ten years, before beginning her ministry as a probation officer for the Springfield Police Department. Sister was an Outreach Therapist at the Osborne Clinic in Agawam and a Counselor for At-Risk Children at Forest Park Middle School, Springfield for 13 years. After her retirement from Springfield Public Schools she worked at Mercy Health Care for the Homeless and Catholic Services at the Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee. In addition to her ministry, Sr. Joyce has a national rating as a basketball referee and has coached and played softball in the Springfield area. She remains a Chaplain-on-Call with the Springfield Police Department during her retirement and lives in Holyoke.
Sister Mary Clare Finn
Sister Mary Clare Finn (John Margaret) was born in Edgewood, RI and entered from St. Mary’s Parish in Newport. She taught in schools in the Springfield, Worcester and Providence Dioceses: Cathedral High School, Springfield, St. Mary’s, Westfield; St. Mary’s, Milford; and Xavier Academy, Providence. Following her years teaching, she was ward secretary at Springfield Hospital, and for decades Sister also ministered as a spiritual and retreat director in Wernersville, PA, Weston, MA and Uncasville, CT. She served her community as Director of Ongoing Formation and Chair of the Team for Christian Growth before creating Spirituality Center on Wheels and assuming a position as Pastoral Minister at St. John’s Parish in Agawam. Sr. Mary Clare is retired and lives in Holyoke.
Sister Patricia Johnson
A native of Holyoke, MA Sr. Patricia Johnson (David Robert) entered from Blessed Sacrament Parish, Holyoke. Sister served at St. Joseph-Hazard Memorial School, Newport and St. Francis of Assisi School in Hillsgrove, RI. She taught in the Worcester Diocese at Sacred Heart Academy and Worcester Central Catholic Middle School, as well as St. Peter-Marian Central Catholic High School, all in Worcester. She served as secretary to the president of the Sisters of St. Joseph and as a secretary in the Worcester Chancery Office. After her work in the Mont Marie Communications office, she was secretary and office manager for the Bureau of Exceptional Children and Adults in Holyoke. She is retired and lives in Holyoke.
Sister Paula McCrea
Born in Worcester, MA Sr. Paula McCrea (Mary Paul) entered from St. Peter’s Parish there. She taught in the Worcester Diocese at St. Stephen’s and Holy Name High School, Worcester, and the Julie Country Day School, Leominster. In the Diocese of Providence she taught at Sacred Heart, Pawtucket and St. Joseph’s, Newport. Sister also taught in a number of schools in the Springfield Diocese including Our Lady of Hope, Springfield; Our Lady of the Rosary, Holyoke; Sacred Heart, Pittsfield and Holy Trinity, Greenfield, where she also worked as Director of Religious Education. Sister is living in Ayer, MA and volunteers at the Council on Aging and the Nashoba Valley Medical Center.
Sister Lorraine Villemaire
Lorraine Villemaire entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Denis Paris in East Douglas, Mass. As an educator, she taught for 15 years in elementary schools for the Springfield and Rhode Island dioceses. For the next 25 years, she became involved in adult education as a teacher, curriculum developer, consultant and administrator in government-funded programs that trained unemployed people and immigrants in job training. While in this profession, she worked with instructors on how to write curriculum in a competency-based format. While in this profession, she wrote a book with her niece titled, Writing and Grammar Skills for the Health Professional.
For seven years she was Director of Ministerial Development for her Congregation, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield. In 2005, Lorraine was certified and began a Labyrinth Ministry. The ministry included going to churches of all denominations, schools, organizations and prisons to introduce the labyrinth as a walking form of prayer for peace, relaxation and mindfulness. During these years, Lorraine wrote two books on the labyrinth, The Labyrinth Experience: An Educator’s Resource and A Labyrinth Program: An Educational Model for Transformation. A third book was written with a co-author, titled Labyrinth Reflections for labyrinth facilitators.
Sister Joan Bellenoit
Sister Joan Bellenoit was born in Phoenixville, PA and entered from St. Jean Baptiste Parish, Fall River, MA. She taught in the schools of the Diocese of Fall River and also in Vinton, La. She was Director of Religious Education at Holy Name Parish, New Bedford and later in Harlingen, Tex. She served as Coordinator for the Fall River Convent and later on the Executive Council of the Congregation. She co-founded and worked in the Cape AIDS Ministry in Hyannis, MA. She is retired and resides in Holyoke.
Sister Rita McCauley
Sister Rita McCauley (Rose Peter) is a native of Pittsfield, MA and entered from St. Mary Parish there. She served as an elementary teacher in a number of schools in the Springfield Diocese including Blessed Sacrament, Holyoke; St. Joseph’s, Pittsfield; St. Joseph’s North Adams; St. Thomas, West Springfield; and St. Matthew’s, Indian Orchard. She also taught at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Worcester. For several years she served on the staff of Mont Marie Infirmary before becoming a pastoral minister at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Holyoke and later St. Charles Parish, Pittsfield. Sr. Rita is retired and lives in Framingham.
Sister Margaret McNaughton
Sister Margaret McNaughton (Dorothy James) is a native of Pittsfield, MA and entered from St. Charles Parish there. She has taught at a number of schools in the Springfield Diocese including Annunciation, Florence and Holy Rosary in Holyoke. After serving at St. Mary’s, Milford, she became principal of the Cathedral Grammar School, Springfield where she served in that capacity for ten years. In addition, Sister offered career counseling in the guidance departments at Holyoke Catholic and Cathedral High Schools. Most recently, Sr. Margaret served St. Michael’s Cathedral Parish as pastoral minister for 23 years. She is retired and living in Holyoke.
Sister Jean Elizabeth Scanlan
Sister Jean Elizabeth Scanlan was born in Weymouth, MA and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rutland, VT from Sacred Heart Parish, Weymouth. She taught in the schools of the Diocese of Burlington, Vt. including St. Peter’s, and Christ the King in Rutland; St. Francis de Sales, Bennington, and St. Charles, Bellows Falls. Sister was also a member of the faculty of the College of St. Joseph, Rutland, VT and served as secretary to the President of the Congregation. She became a Sister of St Joseph of Springfield when the Congregations merged in 2001. Sr Jean Elizabeth is retired and lives in Framingham.
Sister Theresa Croteau
Sister Theresa Croteau (Marie Felicité) was born in Central Falls, RI and entered from St. Jean Baptiste Parish, Fall River, MA. She taught in many schools in the Diocese of Fall River including St. Jean Baptiste and Blessed Sacrament in Fall River; St. Joseph’s and St. Therese Schools, New Bedford; and St. Michael’s, Ocean Grove and St. Louis School, Swansea. She was an administrator of CCD programs for St. Louis de France Parish, Swansea and St. James Parish, New Bedford. Sister served as pastoral minister at St. James Parish, New Bedford and St. Stephen’s, Attleboro, as well as Immaculate Conception Parish, Sulphur, LA. Sister also served as Director of Outreach Ministry at St. Louis de France Parish, Swansea. Sr. Theresa is retired and lives in Holyoke.
Sister Teresa Moran
Sister Teresa Moran (Francis Anna) was born in Worcester, MA and entered from St. Stephen Parish, Worcester. She taught in the Springfield Diocese at Cathedral Grammar and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Schools, Springfield; and was principal Sacred Heart School, Pittsfield. Sister also taught at St. Mary’s Elementary and High School in, Milford, MA and was principal at Sacred Heart School, Pawtucket, RI. She served as pastoral minister at St. Joseph Parish in North Scituate, RI and then St. Teresa Parish, Pittsfield for nearly 20 years. Sr. Teresa is living in Framingham.
Sister Mary Frances Honnen
Sister Mary Frances Honnen (James Francis) is a native of Newport, RI and entered from St. Joseph Parish, Newport. She taught science at Cathedral High School for eighteen years and served as Academic Dean at the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, MA. From 1983-1987 she was parish Administrator and Director of Outreach in the Southern Kentucky Missions. She held several positions in the Congregation including Director of Education, member of the Executive Board from 1971-1979, and President of the Congregation from 1987-1993. Sister is one of the four founders of the House of Peace and Education (HOPE) in Gardner, where she continued as a volunteer and grant writer after her 2000 retirement. She resides in Holyoke.
Sister Patricia Thomas O’Connor
Sister Patricia Thomas O’Connor is a native of Holyoke, MA and entered from Sacred Heart Parish, Holyoke. She taught in a number of schools in the Springfield Diocese, including St. Joseph’s, North Adams; Holy Trinity, Greenfield; Holy Name, Holy Family, and Our Lady of Hope Schools, Springfield; and Notre Dame and St. Marks’s Schools, Pittsfield. She also taught at St. Peter’s School and Academy of the Sacred Heart in Worcester. In addition, Sister was a member of the Communications Department of Mercy Hospital, Springfield for over 20 years. Sr. Patricia Thomas lives in Framingham.
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