Sister Mary Concordia Hennessy 1914-2013

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Mary Concordia Hennessy | Obituary

October 21, 1914 - March 27, 2013

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Concordia Hennessy who passed away on March 27 of sepsis at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was 98 years old.

Sister Mary Concordia was born in St. Louis to parents Thomas and Catherine (Long) Hennessay on October 21, 1914.  She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in September 8, 1932, and made her final vows on August 15, 1938. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Fontbonne College in 1948 and a master's in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1954.

Sister Mary Concordia’s 65-year teaching ministry began in 1935 at Holy Name Grade School in St. Louis. Through the 1940s and 50s, S. Mary taught at several schools including: John Grade School in Ishpeming, Mich.; St. Viator Grade School in Chicago, Ill.; St. Francis de Sales High School in Denver, Colo.; and St. Joseph's Academy in Green Bay, Wis.; and St. Anthony of Padua Grade School, Rosati-Kain High School and St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis. In 1963, S. Mary returned to Rosati-Kain High School, where she remained teaching for the next eight years.

She then retired from teaching and became a member of the renewal team at the St. Louis Province. In 1976, she became the assistant resident care coordinator for the Frontenac Community.

S. Mary returned to St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis two years later and served as the resource center coordinator (1978-1997) and a volunteer (1997-2001). Aftward her years at SJA, she retired to Nazareth Living Center.

Funeral arrangements are planned for  Monday, April 1. Viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m. and a Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:00 a.m. at the Nazareth Living Center Chapel, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO 63129. Sister Mary will be buried at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111. Donate online.

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