Sister Mary Catherine Shay, SSJ, 88 - Catholic Courier

Sister Mary Catherine Shay, SSJ, 88

Sister of St. Joseph Mary Catherine Shay (formerly Sister Marie Gregory) died June 13, 2015. She was 88 years old.

She entered the congregation in 1944 from her home parish of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Nazareth College in 1950.

Sister Shay was assigned to St. Joseph Hospital in Elmira as a student nurse in 1946. She remained there for almost 20 years, serving as a supervising nurse and a nursing instructor.

In 1974, she returned to Rochester and began working as a supervisor of nursing staff at St. Ann’s Home.

After earning a master’s degree in psychiatric mental-health nursing from the University of Rochester in 1979, Sister Shay was employed by Catholic Family Center as a counselor for senior citizens. She retired in 1992.

Following her retirement, she volunteered for 10 years at the Arthritis Foundation Health Association.

She is survived by her niece, nephews, cousins and her sisters in the congregation.

Her funeral liturgy was celebrated in the motherhouse chapel on June 18, 2015, with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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


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