HONORING OUR 2018 JUBILARIANS
CELEBRATING 70 YEARS
Sometimes teacher, sometimes principal, sometimes in more general parish ministries, Sister Catherine Gerard Kirchner, OP, first earned an B.A. from Caldwell University and later a M.A. in administration from Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut. She began as a teacher at St. Aedan, Jersey City, and went on to teach at Ascension, New Milford; and St. Theresa, Paterson. She then became principal at St. Thomas More, Fairfield, and returned to the classroom at Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish, Nutley, Sister ministered as director of religious education and pastoral assistant and at Blessed Sacrament parish, Roseland, as religion co-coordinator. At St. Joseph in Bogota, she worked as pastoral minister and then became assistant director of the Lumen Center, Caldwell. In retirement she happily drives sisters, serves as Eucharistic minister, and is a frequent visitor to the sick.
Teaching has consumed most of the ministerial life of Sister Emma Patricia Murphy, OP. Having earned a B.A. at Caldwell University, Sister taught at Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair; St. Mary, Wharton; St. Catherine, Mobile, Alabama; Assumption, Lawrence, Massachusetts; and Mount Saint Dominic Academy Grade School, Caldwell. She joined the patient care staff at St. Catherine Convent and Health Care Center, Caldwell, before returning to academia. She was both teacher and principal at St. Peter the Apostle, Parsippany and then became receptionist at Marian Manor, Caldwell. She returned to Lacordaire as administrative assistant and then went to Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell, as finance office assistant. She is actively involved in justice issues, is an avid Scrabble lover, and a relentless knitter.
For Sister Mary Ann O’Connor, OP, music has been her most cherished ministry. She earned a B.A. from Caldwell University and masters in music education from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She began as teacher and musician for St. John School in Jersey City and at St. Paul School, Irvington. She then took on the role of music specialist for Mount Saint Dominic Academy Grade School and followed that as music teacher and glee club director at Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell. She then went as teacher and musician to Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City, and then to Caldwell University as associate professor of music and department chair. She served as music director at Our Lady of Peace, New Providence and then to St. Catharine School and Parish, Spring Lake, as music teacher and director of music ministry. Throughout her life, she brought joy in music through her teaching, concerts, musicals, and congregational singing.
Holding a B.A. from Caldwell University and a M.S. in administration from St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, New York, Sister Margaret Lucille, Peterson, OP, began as a teacher and rapidly became a principal. Her first assignment was as teacher at St. John the Apostle, Clark, and then at St. Thomas More, Fairfield. From there she became principal at St. Mary, Rahway, and at St. Antoninus, Newark. She returned to teaching at the lower school, Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair, and then became guidance counselor and teacher at St. Philomena, Livingston. For a time she served as community personnel director for the Sisters of St. Dominic, Caldwell, and later was elected to the community’s leadership team as councilor of life and mission. Following that, Sister served as guidance counselor and pastoral associate at Our Lady of the Holy Angels, Little Falls. Her final ministry was as resident manager of Lincoln Hill Village, a senior citizen living complex, in West Milford. Sister also served on the Board of Trustees of Marian Manor.
CELEBRATING 65 YEARS
With only two breaks in her sixty-five years in community, Sister Adrienne Fallon, OP, has followed her call as teacher. Earning her B.A. from Caldwell University, she began her ministry at St. Mary, Rutherford. This was followed by teaching at Christ the King, Hillside; St. Raphael, Livingston; St. Aeden, Jersey City; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Boonton; and St. Bridget, North Bergen. Then came the first of the breaks as she moved into patient care at St. Catherine Convent and Health Care Center. She returned to teaching at St. Peter the Apostle, Parsippany; Holy Spirit, Asbury Park; and St. Denis, Manasquan. Sister coordinated religious education programs at St. Elizabeth parish in Whiting; and finally returned to teaching at St. Elizabeth, Linden. Today Sister is quick to respond to the needs of her sisters at St. Catherine Convent and Health Care Center, Caldwell.
Having ministered from classroom to leadership office to community archives, Sister Patricia McKearney, OP, has had a great variety of ministries as a Caldwell Dominican. She holds a B.A. from Caldwell University, a M.A. in history from the University of Dayton, Ohio, and a M.Ed. in education administration from Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire. She began as a teacher at St. Mary, Wharton, and went on to St. Catherine, Mobile, Alabama; St. Joseph, Union City; St. Margaret, Bayou La Batre, Alabama, where she was also principal. She then became principal at Sacred Heart, Lyndhurst; and both teacher and principal at St. Mary, Lawrence, Massachusetts; a post she followed as admissions director at the same school. Link Community School, Newark, next claimed her as principal, followed by a time as teacher at St. Mary High School, Jersey City. Sister was then elected to the Sisters of St. Dominic leadership team where she served as vicaress. Following that, she taught religious education for St. Aloysius parish, Caldwell; and then accepted the position of archivist for the Sisters of St. Dominic.
Sister Rosalie Prew, OP, holds a B.A. at Caldwell University and her biographical sketch looks short when compared to others, but Sister admits she was quite fortunate in staying for many years at each place where she taught: four years at Lacordaire, Upper Montclair; fourteen years at St. Mary School, Rahway; twelve years at St. Michael School, Union; nine years at St. Philomena School, Livingston; and seventeen years at St. Catherine School, Spring Lake, where she also ministered as coordinator of religious education.
With a B.A. degree from Caldwell University, Sister Shaun Sheflott, OP, has spent almost all of her sixty-five years in community teaching. She began at St. Aloysius, Caldwell, and went on to St. Philip the Apostle, Clifton; Mount St. Dominic Academy, Caldwell; St. Catherine, Mobile, Alabama; St. Margaret, Bayou La Batre, Alabama; Holy Spirit, Asbury Park; St. Venantius, Orange; St. Thomas, Fairfield; and St. Mary, Rahway. Then followed an assignment in which she was both teacher and director of religious education at St. Peter the Apostle, Parsippany. Leaving her classroom behind, she became director of religious education at a number of parishes: St. Pius X, Montville; St. Aloysius, Caldwell; St. Dominic, Bricktown; and St. Joseph, Bogota. Closing out her ministerial years, Sister became a pastoral associate at Mount Carmel parish, Nutley.
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS
With an B.A. from Caldwell University and a M.A. from Jersey City State College, Sister Kathleen Boyle, OP, (Sister Marie Patrick) has used her education well, as a teacher in numerous schools: St. Cassian, Upper Montclair; St. Elizabeth, Linden; Sacred Heart, Lyndhurst; St. Frances de Sales, Abaco, Bahamas; St. Margaret, Bayou La Batre, Alabama; Mount St. Dominic Academy Grade School, Caldwell; St. Aloysius, Caldwell; and Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair. She first became administrative assistant, then coordinator and bursar at St. Catherine’s Convent and Health Care Center, Caldwell. Today Sister continues to serve the sisters and residents at St. Catherine’s in many gracious and helpful ways.
Teaching has been the primary ministry of Sister Miriam Cannavale, OP, (Sister Stephen Louise). Having earned a B.A. from Caldwell University and an M.A. in pastoral ministry from Seton Hall University in South Orange, Sister taught at St. Elizabeth, Linden; St. Venantius, Orange; Our Lady of the Lake, Verona; St. Philip the Apostle, Clifton; Christ the King, Hillside; Our Lady of Sorrows, Garfield; Ascension, New Milford; Mount St. Dominic Academy grade school, Caldwell; and St. Aloysius, Caldwell. Besides teaching at Mount St. Dominic Academy, she worked as an assistant in development, as alumnae assistant director, and as library director. More recently she has ministered as spiritual and bereavement chaplain at Garden State Hospice, Fairfield; Hospice of New Jersey, Bloomfield; Comfort Care Hospice, Pompton Plains; and Care Alternatives Hospice, Cranford.
Sister Lois Curry, OP, (Sister John Margaret) earned a B.A. from Caldwell University and two M.A.’s, one in European history from the University of Dayton, Ohio, and one in pastoral ministry from Immaculate Conception Seminary of Seton Hall University, South Orange. She taught school at St. Brigid, North Bergen; St. Boniface, Jersey City; Mount Saint Dominic Academy grade school, Caldwell; St. Venantius, Orange; and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Roseland. Later she became part of the religious education teams at St. Philomena, Livingston; St. Theresa, Kenilworth; and St. Rose of Lima, Short Hills. Sister ministered at the Dominican Reflection Center in Ossining, New York, as communications representative. Following that, she became campus minister and an instructor in history at Caldwell University, and then a staff member at Sacred Heart Institute, Caldwell. Her final active ministry was as director of religious education at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Boonton. Sister Lois is also the author of Women After His Own Heart, a history of the Dominicans of Caldwell.
Sister Donna Marie O’Brien, OP (Sister Joseph Dorothy) earned her B.A. at Caldwell University and a M.A. in sacred science from St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, New York. She began her teaching career at St. Philip, Clifton and continued it at Our Lady of Sorrows, Garfield. She then became principal at Sacred Heart School, Dover. She returned to Caldwell to teach and chair the religion department at Mount Saint Dominic Academy. Then Sister Donna Marie received a call that became her main life’s work. Sister was named principal at St. John the Apostle in Clark/Linden, a ministry that lasted thirty-four years. An innovative principal, Sister was among the first to bring technology to the classrooms and through her leadership led the way for St. John the Apostle to become a National Blue Ribbon School. She continues to serve the community as sister coordinator to the Dominican associates, coordinates community funeral services, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Mount Saint Dominic Academy.
With a B.A. from Caldwell University, Sister Jeanne Catherine Sheridan, OP, became a teacher at St. Catherine, Elizabeth. She then went on to St. Mary, Rahway where she was teacher, director of religious education, basketball moderator, and director of summer bible school. At St. Catherine, Cedar Grove, Sister repeated her ministries from St. Mary’s and added Young Christian Students moderator to her schedule. At Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair, Sister taught, served as moderator for forensics, and was involved in administration. Later at Holy Angels in Little Falls, she ministered as teacher, student council moderator, and math and religion coordinator. She also served as a driver for St. Catherine Convent and Health Care Center and then as administrative assistant in the development office of the Sisters of St. Dominic, Caldwell.
Sister Francis Margaret Smith, OP, earned a B.A. from Caldwell University and then taught at St. Mary, Rutherford, and Blessed Sacrament, Bridgeport, Connecticut. She took a break from teaching to work on the kitchen staff at St. Catherine Convent and Health Care Center. She returned to teaching, first at St. Agnes, Clark; then at St. Mary, Wharton; St. Elizabeth, Linden; and St. Francis de Sales, Abaco, Bahamas. She became a staff member at the Dominican Adult Daycare Center, Caldwell, and then head teacher and program supervisor at Mt. Camel Childhood Center, Newark. At Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair, Sister ministered as an administrative assistant, and then returned to St. Catherine Convent and Health Care Center as a driver. She worked as administrative assistant in the development office of the Sisters of St. Dominic and then crossed the street to Marian Manor as a clerical assistant. She currently works as a volunteer at Mount St. Dominic Academy, Caldwell.
Holding a B.A. from Caldwell University and an M.A. in sociology from Boston College, Sister Mary Agnes Sullivan, OP, (Sister Ann Leonard) began her ministerial life as a teacher at St. Aloysius, and followed that by teaching at Mount Saint Dominic Academy grade school, both in Caldwell. She then became principal at St. Philomena, Livingston; and moved on as teacher and education coordinator at Project Link, Newark. Sister accepted an assignment as principal at St. Dominic Academy, Jersey City; after that becoming director of religious education at St. Gabriel, Saddle River. Finally Sister ministered as principal at Our Lady of the Lake in Verona for the next twenty-five years. While there she fostered in teachers and students alike a deep respect for earth instilling in them ecological principles to live by. Her excellence in education was also recognized by having the school she shepherded among the first to be awarded the National Blue Ribbon award.
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
Sister Joanne Marie Beirne, OP, holds both a B.A. from New Jersey City University, Jersey City, and an M.A. from Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut. These she put to excellent use in her many years of teaching at a number of schools: St. Mary, Wharton; Blessed Sacrament, Bridgeport, Connecticut; St. Therese, Paterson; and St. Virgil, Morris Plains, where she also served as youth minister. She continued that ministry at Resurrection parish, Randolph, where she was also the Dominican Apostolic Volunteers coordinator and pastoral associate. At St. John the Baptist parish in Allentown, Sister continued her work as youth minister as well as engaging in parish ministry. She continued both of these at St. Charles Borromeo parish in Skillman and then moved into baptismal and parish ministry at Ascension, New Milford. She concluded her years of active ministry as parish minister at St. Anthony of Padua in Butler. Currently Sister Joanne tutors at the Success Research Center at Caldwell University.