Three SSNDs celebrate jubilees
Three School Sisters of Notre Dame with ties to the Diocese of Rochester are celebrating jubilees this year.
Sister Mary Louis Whalen was born on the feast of the Assumption in 1907 in Rochester and baptized at St. Patrick Church. She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore in 1929 and professed her first vows on Aug. 4, 1932. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a master’s degree in the same discipline from Johns Hopkins University.
She taught chemistry at the high school and college levels, including 22 years at her alma mater, College of Notre Dame. She imparted her knowledge to students from Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and Brooklyn. From 1962-68 she served as assistant principal at Bishop Kearney High School in Irondequoit and returned to teach there from 1974-77. She remained in Rochester, assisting at the diocese from 1978-88 and resided at the St. Philip Neri and Bishop Kearney communities. In 1998 she moved to the order’s motherhouse in Wilton, Conn., and served as a volunteer for many years. She now spends her time in prayer for the congregation, church and world.