Obituary: Sister Joyce


Sister Joyce Osgood, O.P., a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic, Amityville, L.I., for 56 years, died June 2nd  She was 75.

Born in Brooklyn, she entered the Dominican Novitiate at Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse, Amityville, from St. Ephrem parish, Bay Ridge. She received the habit and the name Sister Mary Pia in 1960.

She taught, from 1960 to 1969, at Notre Dame, New Hyde Park, L.I.; St. Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square, L.I.; and St. Boniface, Elmont, L.I.

In 1969, the Congregation assigned her to do parish ministry at St. Paul the Apostle, Jericho, L.I., where she remained until 1979.

After graduate studies in Sacred Scripture at St. John’s University, she received her master’s in theology.

She also served as a chaplain at Mercy Hospital, Rockville Centre, 1980-94.

She then enrolled in the program of critical care study at Central Islip Hospital, L.I. Her first placement was at the Hospice in Good Samaritan Hospital, West Islip, 1994-2001.

In 2001, she joined the staff as a chaplain at Good Shepherd Hospice in Port Jefferson Station, where she remained until she moved to the Good Shepherd Hospice in Melville, L.I., in 1980.

She resided for many years in Our Lady of Miraculous Medal parish in Wyandanch, L.I.

She is survived by her sisters, Joanne Cahill and June Moffa.

The funeral and burial took place in St. Albert’s Chapel at the Motherhouse in Amityville.