Obituaries, Week of April 24, 2021

Sister Patricia Ann Kenney, CSJ, formerly known as Sister Mary Patrick, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph for 64 years, died on Apr. 6.

Sister Patricia Ann Kenney, CSJ

Born in Callicoon, New York, she entered the congregation from her home Parish of St. Paul in Hancock, New York.

She was the youngest of three children. Her older sister, Mary Eileen, was also a Sister of St. Joseph.

Sister Patricia earned her BA in Education from Brentwood College in 1964 and her NY State Permanent Certification.

For over 50 years, she taught first-grade students at Our Lady of Victory in Floral Park (1959-69), Sacred Heart in North Merrick (1969-74), and St. Patrick in Smithtown (1974-2008).

Upon retirement, Sister Patricia continued to volunteer in various ways, eventually moving to Our Lady of the Snows to reside with the community of sisters.

Her wake and funeral Mass took place in Our Lady of the Snows in Floral Park on Apr. 13, followed by her interment in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.


Sister Marjorie McHugh, RSM, a member of the Sisters of Mercy, Mid-Atlantic Community for  68 years, died on Feb. 4  at Maria Regina Residence in Brentwood, NY. She was 86.

Born in Brooklyn, she attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary School, Windsor Terrace, and Catherine McAuley High School, East Flatbush.

Sister Marjorie McHugh, RSM.

She entered the Sisters of Mercy Novitiate in Syosset in Feb. 1953 and professed her final vows in Sept. 1958.

Sister Marjorie began her ministry in education in Holy Rosary, Bedford-Stuyvesant (1956-61); St. Agatha, Sunset Park (1961-63); St. Therese of Lisieux, East Flatbush (1963-67); St. Gregory, Crown Heights (1967-70); Sacred Heart, Adelphi St. (1970-74) and St. Gerard Majella, Hollis (1975-80).

She was an office worker at Angel Guardian Home (1974-75), a Director of Religious Education at the Sacred Heart Chapel (1980-86), and Pastoral Assistant at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Red Hook (1986-2001).

Sister Marjorie was Assistant Director of the Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center (2001-02). Finally, before retiring to the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Whitestone, NY, she worked in the Administration Office at the Convent of Mercy in Clinton Hill (2003-05).

She said her years at Visitation in the Red Hook community were the happiest years of her life.

Auxiliary Bishop Neil Tiedemann, who celebrated her funeral Mass, said that “you can’t measure love, and you can’t measure what Sister Marjorie has done there.”

Her funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Trinity Church in Whitestone, and burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, East Flatbush.

Donations in Sister Marjorie’s memory would be appreciated and may be sent to Sisters of Mercy Mid Atlantic Community, 150 Ridge Road, Hartsdale, NY 10530. 

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