Sister of St. Joseph Anne Mary Dooley, 89 - Catholic Courier

Sister of St. Joseph Anne Mary Dooley, 89

Sister of St. Joseph Anne Mary Dooley, died Feb. 2, 2015. She was 89 years old.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1944 from her home parish of Sacred Heart, Niagara Falls. She received a B.S. from Nazareth College of Rochester in 1947 and completed an M. Ed.in Business in 1956 at Boston University. In 1972, she received an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa, and the following year, graduated in Pastoral Studies, Magna Cum Laude, from St. Paul University in Ottawa. She earned a D. Min. in 1979 at Colgate Rochester/ Bexley Hall/ Crosier Theological Seminary.

Beginning in 1947, Sister Anne Mary taught elementary school at Blessed Sacrament School; Immaculate Conception, Ithaca; St. Mary, Auburn; and business at Nazareth Academy. Between 1963 and 1970, she served as Secretary to the Congregational President, vocation director, and spent 3 months in Rome Italy at the Better World Movement.

After completing further studies in 1973, she became Program Coordinator at St. Bernard’s Seminary. In 1976, Sister Anne Mary went to Niagara University to teach Theology and, after earning her doctorate, she became a professor of Religious Studies. In 1987, she participated in a two-week Institute of Peace and Understanding held in Russia.

In 1996, after 20 years at Niagara University, Sister Anne Mary was appointed as the Non-governmental Organization Representative at the United Nations, representing the 23 Congregations of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She presented papers in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Seoul, Korea, and attended the UN Conference on Women in Copenhagen, Denmark

During her retirement, she continued her involvement with people in need at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, Campus Ministry Department at Nazareth College and at the Monroe County Correctional Facility

She is survived by her sister-in-law Patricia, nieces, Anne, Peggy, Pat, Mary; nephews Bill and Tom, many grand nieces and nephews, and by her Sisters in the Community of Joseph. Her funeral liturgy was celebrated in the motherhouse chapel on Friday February 6 and she was buried the following day in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministry Fund, 150 French Rd, Rochester NY 14618.

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