SISTER DORIS ANN BOWLES, OP
SISTER DORIS ANN BOWLES, O.P.
Sister Doris Ann Bowles, O.P. died on November 1, 2019 in Saint Catherine of Siena Health Care Center at the age of 97 having served God as a Caldwell Dominican sister for 79 years. Born in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sister began her lifelong relationship with the Caldwell community at the age of nine when her family came to the United States. Her teachers at Saint Mary’s High School in Rutherford were not surprised on August 30, 1941 when she chose to enter the community and made final profession August 24, 1948.
Sister Doris Ann’s education included a BA in English from Caldwell College (now University) an M.A. in Speech and Drama from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and doctoral studies in administration at New York University. Most of her professional life was devoted to the education ministry: teacher in two parish schools, Blessed Sacrament, Bridgeport, CT and Saint Michael, Union; teacher and principal in three private schools Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City; Union Catholic High School, Scotch Plains; and Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell, NJ. Her unique style combining effective communication skills with a commanding presence marked her term as Superintendent of Newark Archdiocesan Schools. Her other administrative ministries included: Director of Operations, New Community Corporation, Newark and Director of Marketing, Siena Village, Wayne.
Sister Doris Ann is remembered fondly as a charismatic teacher and administrator who identified gifted colleagues and developed their talents by sharing responsibility with them and delegating to them projects both practical and creative. Her own personal satisfaction was greatest when she successfully empowered the less-gifted with competence and confidence.
Sister Doris Ann was predeceased by her parents James and Phoebe and her five siblings: Jessica, Molly, Sister Kevin OSB, George and Leo Bowles.