Sister Dorothy Mulcahy, 95; teacher and nurse - Catholic Courier

Sister Dorothy Mulcahy, 95; teacher and nurse

Sister of St. Joseph Dorothy Mulcahy (formerly Sister Agnes James) died Aug. 17, 2021. She was 95 years old.

Sister Mulcahy entered the congregation in 1943 from her home parish of Holy Apostles in Rochester. She received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1957 and a bachelor’s degree in English in 1967, both from Nazareth College.

In 1946, she began teaching at St. Patrick, Mount Morris. She also taught at St. Augustine, Rochester; St. Stephen, Geneva; St. Mary, Canandaigua; Ss. Peter and Paul, Elmira; St. Michael, Penn Yan; Christ the King, Irondequoit; and St. Mary, Dansville. From 1963-68, she served as a housemother at St. Joseph’s Villa, Rochester.

After earning her nursing degree from St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, she worked as a staff nurse at the hospital, and then she became an instructor in the school of nursing. After working for two years in obstetrics, Sister Mulcahy served as a patient-care coordinator for five years and then as assistant director of nursing. In 1989, she worked as a triage nurse and a parish visitor at Our Lady of Lourdes, Elmira.

In 1991, Sister Mulcahy moved to Rochester and for two years served as a part-time school nurse at Nazareth Academy. She also worked in hospice care at St. Mary’s Hospital. She returned to Elmira and worked 10 more years as a staff nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and then in sisters’ care in the Elmira area. From 2005 until her retirement in 2009, she was a parish visitor in Bloomfield.

Sister Mulcany is survived by her siblings, Robert Mulcahy, James (Roz) Mulcahy, Sister of St. Joseph Elizabeth Mulcahy, Mary Lou (Richard) Boss, Timothy (Jan) Mulcahy, David Mulcahy, Richard (Patricia) Mulcahy, Michael (Josephine) Mulcahy and Terence (friend Kathy) Mulcahy; and her sisters in the congregation. Her funeral was celebrated at the motherhouse chapel Aug. 21, 2021, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministry Fund at or 150 French Road, Rochester, NY 14618.

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