Sister of Mercy Mary Augustine Malley; minister at hospitals - Catholic Courier

Sister of Mercy Mary Augustine Malley; minister at hospitals

Mercy Sister Mary Augustine Malley (formerly Sister Marilyn), who ministered in the pastoral care department at Hornell’s St. James Mercy Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, died Oct. 8, 2022.

A 1949 graduate of Our Lady of Mercy High School in Brighton, Sister Malley entered the congregation in 1953 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology from Nazareth College. She also received her master’s degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame.

Sister Malley was a teacher at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Brighton, Cardinal Mooney High School in Greece and Notre Dame High School in Elmira. In 1976, she began teaching science to students at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell while also ministering in the hospital’s pastoral care department. Sister Malley received certification in clinical pastoral education from Strong Memorial Hospital and served as the director of pastoral care there for several years.

Sister Malley was one of the initiators of the Hornell chapter of “Make Today Count,” a support group for people with cancer. She was the recipient of the first “Employee of the Year” award at St. James and also became a member of the Sisters of Mercy Task Force on AIDS. For many years, she contributed the “Chaplain’s Log” and later the “Chaplain’s Chat” in St. James Mercy Hospital’s newsletter, writing about the many facets of religion, health care and caregiving, support groups, and reflective notions on the seasons and holidays.

Sister Malley is survived by her brother, Father William Malley, SJ, of Manila; nieces and nephews; friends; and her sisters in the congregation.

Her funeral liturgy was celebrated in the Mercy Center Chapel in Brighton Oct. 14, 2022, with burial at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Webster.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 1437 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY 14610.

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