Sister Mary Theresa McGarrity, C.S.J., a member of the Sister of St. Joseph, Brentwood, L.I., for nearly 75 years, died in Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood, May 18.
She entered the community in 1940 from Transfiguration, Williamsburg, and
went on to attend Manhattan College, and earn a masters from St. John’s University.
Formerly Sister Theresa Immaculate, her first assignment was St. Agnes, Cobble Hill, 1942-49.
She went on to Mary’s Nativity, Flushing, 1949-51, and 1957-60; St. Michael, Sunset Park, 1951-57; Blessed Sacrament, North Valley Stream, L.I., 1960-62, and St. Brendan H.S., Midwood, 1962-71. Following a year at the Bethel House of Prayer, Brentwood, 1971-72, she taught for two years at Fontbonne Hall Academy, Bay Ridge, 1972-74, before assignments at Maria Regina Residence, 1974-75; Elizabeth Seton Hostel, Amityville, L.I., 1975-77; and the Diocesan Media Center, Brentwood, 1977-79.
She spent two years with the contemplative order of the Redemptoristines in Esopus, 1979-81, and returned to teach at Immaculate Conception B.V.M., Williamsburg, 1981-83, and St. Stanislaus Kostka, Maspeth, 1983-84.
In 1984, she was drawn to the St. Pius X House of Prayer in Plainview, L.I., and was there for two years before continuing her ministry at the Academy of St. Joseph H.S., Brentwood, 1986-91; and Maria Regina Residence, 1991-94.
In 1994, she retired to St. Joseph Convent, Brentwood. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.