SISTER ANN MARIE LENNON, OP
Sister Ann Marie Lennon, OP
Sister Ann Marie Lennon, OP (formerly known as Sister M. Dolorosa) died peacefully at St. Catherine Convent and Healthcare Center in Caldwell on March 11. Sister was born in New York City but because of her strong loyalty to her Irish cultural heritage, her birthplace may as well have been Galway! Her ready warmth and sparkling eyes bespoke good humor and a kind, adventuresome spirit.
Sister entered the Caldwell Dominicans in 1953 and celebrated her sixtieth anniversary as a Dominican Sister in 2013, She achieved a B.A. in Education and the M.A. in religious education which prepared her well for the professional and pastoral responsibilities which lay ahead. During these six decades Sister served as an elementary school teacher, principal of several parochial schools in New Jersey and in Bayou la Batre, Alabama, and Abaco, Bahamas. Her pastoral outreach included ministry in Florida, where she gave leadership to the Marywood Retreat Center and Maternity Home in Jacksonville. Her warm personality and strong sense of mission made her a successful fundraiser for the people and causes she represented. Former students, in whose lives she made such a difference, became faithful friends for many years.
Appropriately, Sister’s death on March 11 brought her to heaven just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!