Year: 2017

Sister Florence Theresa Dippold, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | December 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Sister Florence Theresa Dippold, CSJ

Sister Florence Therese Dippold lived her life as a Sister of St. Joseph for 68 years with dedication and compassion. Born to George and Florence in Valley Stream, Florence attended The Mary Louis Academy and upon graduation entered the congregation. While teaching elementary school in parishes in Brooklyn and Queens including St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Michael’s and others, Florence earned a BA in English from St.…

Sister Margaret Mary McMahon, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | November 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Sister Margaret Mary McMahon, CSJ

We are her to celebrate the life of Sister Margaret Mary McMahon, a Sister of St. Joseph for 76 years. Margaret was born in Brooklyn to her loving parents, Michael and Mary. Their strong Irish heritage nurtured a deep faith in the family of eight children. For Margaret and her sister Jean it has been a gift that accompanied them through all of life’s joys and challenges. In the same…

Sister Mary Edward McGuiness, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | October 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Sister Mary Edward McGuiness, CSJ

The following eulogy for Sister Edward was composed by her good friend  Sister Muriel Keegan.   Sister Mary Edward McGuiness   Sister Mary Edward McGuiness, CSJ died on October 28, 2017 in the 84th year of her religious life.

Sister Eleanor Ann Novak, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | September 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Sister Eleanor Ann Novak, CSJ

I am with you on the journey, words we sing so often but not necessarily see the power and influence of God’s companionship on our life’s journey. Today we celebrate Eleanor Ann Novak, a Sister of St. Joseph for sixty years in this her Jubilee Year. Eleanor knew early on that God was with her on her life’s journey. Born to Anna and Peter in Brooklyn, Eleanor’s father died when…

Sister Charlotte Maria Shinnick, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | August 26, 2017 |

We celebrate the life of Charlotte Maria Shinnick, a Sister of St. Joseph for sixty-three years. Charlotte lived each one of those years deeply aware of the mission of our congregation to foster unity through love of God and neighbor without distinction. Through caring and compassionate relationships, Charlotte welcomed, nurtured and encouraged countless children and adults as loving sister to her ten siblings,  Joanie and Catherine here with us today,…

Sister Gloria Marie Portolano, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | August 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Sister Gloria Marie Portolano, CSJ

Like all of us, Gloria was a multi-facetted person.  However, I would offer the word “devotion” as the word that weaves her life together. Gloria Portolano, and her twin, Marilyn, were born to Gaspar and Ida Portolano on June 19, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York.  They joined their big  sister, Florence and soon became known as “Flo, Mo and Glo” and lived as a close Italian family in Queens, New…

Sister Frances Therese McGlynn, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | August 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Sister Frances Therese McGlynn, CSJ

Sister Frances Therese McGlynn was a Sister of St. Joseph for sixty-nine years. Born on Long Island in Kings Park to Lillian and Thomas, Fran attended St. Joseph’s Elementary and Kings Park High School. After entering the congregation in 1948 Fran earned a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Education from St. John’s University.She taught elementary school in St. Ambrose, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Victory, St. John the Evangelist, St.…

Sister Kathleen Sullivan, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | August 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Sister Kathleen Sullivan, CSJ

We celebrate the life of a women of deep faith, loyalty, action, and courage, an educator, S. Kathleen Sullivan, a Sister of St. Joseph for sixty-seven years. Born in Queens to Mary and Timothy, Kathleen attended St. Sebastian’s elementary school and Bryant High School. Soon after graduation, Kathleen entered our congregation and taught young children in a number of parish schools throughout Brooklyn and Queens. Kathleen earned a Bachelor’s degree…

Sister Judith Marie Burchyns, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | July 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Sister Judith Marie Burchyns, CSJ

During the past few days since Judy died unexpectedly on early Sunday morning, July 30th and especially at her wake and funeral mass in Puerto Rico, many stories were shared about Judy from her family, the sisters with whom she lived, her colleagues at Academia Maria Reina, and her friends both here at on the island.  So, my reflection this morning is somewhat of a compilation of all of these…

Sister Carol Marie Lenz, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | July 26, 2017 |

  Loved, called, joyful and faithful, Carol Marie Lentz lived as a Sister of St. Joseph for sixty-eight years. Born to Pauline and Joseph, named Arlene, she grew up in Greenpoint with her sisters Barbara and Carol, attending St. Cecelia’s Parish School and our Juniorate before entering the congregation. In her early years Carol taught younger children and earned a degree in history from St. Francis College. Open to the…