Sister Maureen Judge, O.P., a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic Amityville, L.I. for 58 years, died suddenly April 13. She was 76.
Raised in Woodside, she attended St. Joseph School, Astoria, and St. Michael H.S., East New York.
On Sept. 11, 1960, she entered the Novitiate at Amityville. One year later, she received the habit and her religious name, Sister Charles Claire. She professed final vows on Aug. 8, 1962.
Sister Maureen received a Bachelor of Science from St. John’s University, Jamaica, and a Master of Science in Technology from Stony Brook University, L.I.
She taught at Christ the King, Springfield Gardens, 1962-68; St. Luke’s, Whitestone, 1968-73; Queen of the Rosary Academy, Amityville, 1973-75. She participated in the Anselm Program, an initiative focused on senior sisters, 1975-79; and was assigned to Christ the King, Commack, L.I., 1979-89. From 1989 to 1991, she worked with World Book educational products on the East End of Long Island.
Returning to elementary education, from 1991 to 2005, she served as computer specialist and director, first at St. Mary School, East Islip, and then at St. Joseph School, Garden City. In 1995, she was named Garden City’s Teacher of the Year.
In 2014, she initiated the Ministry of Presence, in which Sisters volunteer to sit with and be present to their fellow community members who are embarking on their final journey. Even though her diminishing eyesight made her legally blind, she continued to travel by public transportation to accompany her fellow Dominicans.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel, Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse, Amityville, April 17. She donated her body to scientific research.