Sister Joan Corcoran, DC, the Parish Outreach Director at Historic Old St. John’s in Utica, is celebrating 25 years of service as a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul this year.
Sister Joan grew up in St. Ann’s Parish on Onondaga Blvd. in Syracuse. After graduating from Bishop Ludden High School in 1974, she graduated from Onondaga Community College and SUNY at Fredonia with a degree in business administration.
She worked for three years for the Lamson Corporation in East Syracuse before entering the Daughters in 1981. Sister postulated in Pottsville, Pa., and had her seminary experience at DePaul Provincial House in Albany. She went on to teach school in Albany and receive her master’s degree in education from the College of St. Rose. Sister was then missioned to teach in Wilmington, Del. for six years, Syracuse’s Cathedral School for two years, and then Our Lady of Lourdes School in Utica for two years. She went on to become principal of St. Joseph’s School in New York City and receive her New York State Certification in Administration For Elementary School from Manhattan College. After six years in New York City she was missioned back to Wilmington, Del. and was the principal of Christ Our King School for four years until the school closed. After that she arrived back in Utica and is serving in her current ministry at St. John’s.
In reflecting on her vocational call as a Daughter of Charity for these past 25 years, Sister Joan said, “Through all these years I have learned the importance of trusting God in all situations that arise in life, whether they be difficult or easy. I chose a ‘lighthouse’ as the symbol of my 25 years of service because each person and/or event in my life over this period of time and in my youth has somehow touched me in a positive way. They have all been a lighthouse to me in some way. I am most grateful to God for putting good people in my life and pray that in years to come my service to others as a Daughter of Charity will be helpful.”
Sister Rose Bill, MFIC, is celebrating her 50th year of religious profession as a Missionary Franciscan Sister of the Immaculate Conception. During her five decades, Sister Rose has served in various ministerial positions.
She was born in Liverpool, and attended Our Lady of Pompei School in Syracuse. She obtained her high school diploma from the Convent School. Upon graduation from Fordham University, she earned a master’s degree in French literature from Assumption College, a Certificate of Advance Studies in Educational Administration from Oswego State College and a master’s degree in Theology from St. Michael’s College.
After her profession in August 1957, Sister Rose taught at Our Lady of Pity School in the Bronx. She then taught on the secondary level from 1962 to 1973 at St. Clare High School in Roslindale, Mass. She served from 1974-1979 as principal and DRE at St. Charles School and from 1979-1982 as principal at Our Lady of Pompei School in Syracuse. In 1982 she was elected to the Leadership Team of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters where she served two terms. Following that, in 1988 Sister Rose became pastoral associate at Holy Cross Church, Dewitt. As she says, “It may be 19 years at Holy Cross but each year brings new challenges and adventures serving the Lord.” Her brother Msgr. Ronald Bill is also celebrating his 50th anniversary this year.
SISTER M. JOHANNA DELELYS, OSF, is celebrating 50 years as a Sister of St. Francis. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1956 and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1965. Sister Johanna then went on to receive a master’s degree in hospital administration at Xavier University in Ohio in 1969. The majority of Sister Johanna’s religious life has been spent in the health field. After serving as an obstetrical supervisor at Mercy Hospital in Auburn from 1957 to 1962, Sister Johanna worked as the Motherhouse Infirmarian at St. Anthony’s Convent in Syracuse from 1962 to 1963. From 1965 to 1966, she was a surgery staff nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica. From 1966 through 1968 she assumed the additional position of assistant director of medical records. From 1968 through 1969, Sister Johanna was an administrative resident at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wis. In 1969, she returned to St. Elizabeth Medical Center and has served in various administrative positions throughout the last 38 years. Sister Johanna is presently the president and CEO at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica.
Sister Maureen Denn, CSJ, (Sister Mary Edward) is celebrating her 50th anniversary as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Sister Maureen was born in Utica, daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary Hanley Denn. After graduating from St. Francis de Sales High School, Sister Maureen entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1957. She received a bachelor’s degree from The College of Saint Rose, Albany, and a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio. In addition, Sister Maureen studied clinical-pastoral education and received certification in bereavement counseling through the Archdiocese of New York. Sister Maureen taught Spanish, history and religion in schools in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses, including St. Lucy’s, Syracuse, and St. Francis de Sales, Utica. She also served in parish ministry at St. Bartholomew’s, Norwich; Our Lady of Angels, Endwell; and St. Agnes, Utica. For the past 23 years, Sister Maureen has been chaplain at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, Utica.
SISTER GRACE ANNE DILLENSCHNEIDER, OSF, is celebrating 50 years as a Sister of St. Francis. She was born in Camden, N.J., daughter of Henry and Grace Dillenschneider. After graduating from Convent School in Syracuse in 1957, Sister Grace Anne attended Medaille College in Buffalo, N.Y. She then pursued a master’s degree in special education from Syracuse University and a master’s in administration at Boston College. Sister Grace Anne professed her final vows at the Motherhouse in Syracuse in 1962. She is presently serving on the leadership council of the Sisters of St. Francis. Sister Grace Anne taught and served as principal at elementary schools in Syracuse, Utica and New Jersey. Additionally, Sister Grace Anne worked in the mission area of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center from 2000 to 2003. “My religious life has been one of many blessings,” she said. “My life, therefore, is one of gratitude, gratitude for my family — especially my five sisters, for my religious family, for the many families and people with whom I have ministered and for the privilege that has been mine as I have served the community.”
Sister Kathleen Paul Duncan, CSJ, is celebrating her 50th anniversary as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The former Dorothy Ellen Duncan was born in Binghamton, daughter of the late Ralph and Kathleen Curry Duncan. Sister Kathleen graduated from St. Patrick’s High School and entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1957. She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both from The College of Saint Rose, Albany, and taught and served as administrator in schools in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses, including St. Anthony’s School, Endicott; St. Agnes School, Utica; St. Mary’s School, Oswego; Sacred Heart School, Utica; and Christ the King School, Endwell. In addition, Sister Kathleen served as superintendent of Catholic Schools for Broome County and as a speech therapist for Tioga Head Start. Sister Kathleen also served the Sisters of St. Joseph as a regional director and director of development. Since 1997, Sister Kathleen has been director of Samaritan House in Binghamton.
Sister Catherine Marie Giglio, CSJ, is celebrating her 50th anniversary as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The former Marlene R. Giglio was born in Utica, daughter of the late Patrick and Helen Atwell Giglio. After graduating from St. Francis de Sales High School, Sister Catherine entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1957. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education, both from The College of Saint Rose, Albany. For over 46 years, Sister Catherine has taught in schools in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses, including St. John’s, Oswego; St. Anthony’s, Syracuse; St. Anthony’s, Endicott; St. Agnes, Utica; and Holy Trinity, Utica. In addition, she served the Sisters of St. Joseph as director of social justice ministry. Since 2002, Sister Catherine has been teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Utica, and resides at St. John’s Convent, New Hartford.
Sister Philip Marie Klein, osf, grew up in Syracuse on the north side. She celebrates 50 years as a Sister of St. Francis. Sister Philip Marie attended Assumption Catholic