Sister Muriel Curran, SSND, 85 - Catholic Courier

Sister Muriel Curran, SSND, 85

School Sister of Notre Dame Muriel Curran, the first women vicar for religious for the Diocese of Rochester, died Nov. 16, 2015. She was 85 years old.

Sister Curran entered the congregation from her home parish of St. Peter in Cambridge, Mass., and professed her first vows in 1950. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1959 and a master’s in religious education from Boston College in 1968.

After spending 30 years working in schools and retreat centers in Maryland, Sister Curran became a student at Regis College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she earned a master’s degree in sacred theology. In 1981, Sister Curran became the first woman vicar for religious for the Diocese of Rochester. In 1988, she returned to Maryland, where she became codirector of continuing education at the Theological Union in Silver Springs.

In 1994, she moved back to Cambridge, Mass., to become a student at the Weston School of Theology. In 1995, she became the retreat/spiritual director at Xavier Retreat Center in Convent Station, N.J. In 2002, she became the coordinator of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Associates, Atlantic-Midwest Province, and in 2005, she returned to retreat and spiritual direction ministry.

Sister Curran retired in 2014 and resided at the Villa Assumpta in Baltimore, Md.

Her funeral liturgy was celebrated in the Chapel of Villa Assumpta on Nov. 19, 2015, with burial at Villa Maria Cemetery in Glen Arm, Md.


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