School Sister of Notre Dame Mary Louise Brien (formerly Sister Miriam Raymond) died Aug. 29, 2021. She was 89 years old.
Sister Brien attended elementary school at Ss. Peter and Paul School in Rochester. Following elementary school, she followed her older sisters, Virginia and Dolores, to the School Sisters of Notre Dame Aspiranture in Fort Lee, N.J.
After receiving the candidate’s bonnet, she was sent to teach second grade in Bergenfield, N.J., and then first grade at Sacred Heart in Baltimore, Md. Sister Brien professed her first vows on July 29, 1954. In 1962, she earned a bachelor of science degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (now Notre Dame of Maryland University).
During the early years of her religious life, Sister Brien spent a few years in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Long Island before returning to Rochester. For more than 30 years, she served as a teacher or principal at Rochester’s Holy Redeemer and St. Boniface schools; Holy Ghost School in Gates; and St. Joseph School in Penfield.
Upon her retirement from Catholic schools, she served as a resource person, coordinator of English-language arts reading programs and codirector of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Learning Center in Rochester. Sister Brien retired from the center in 2018 and returned to the motherhouse in Baltimore.
Sister Brien is survived by her sisters, Sister Virginia Brien, SSND, Dolores Brien and Linda Marie (Raymond) Contrino; several nieces and nephews; and her sisters in the congregation. Her funeral liturgy was private, with burial at Villa Maria Cemetery, Glen Arm, Md. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Sept. 18, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Parish of the Holy Family, 4100 Lyell Road, Gates.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21212.