Sister Marguerite Tierney, CSJ, 80, died Jan. 23, 2015 at Albany Memorial Hospital. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 62 years.
Sister Marguerite, the former Margaret Mary Tierney, was born in Syracuse on July 9, 1934, daughter of the late James and Marian Welsh Tierney. After graduating from St. Patrick’s High School, Syracuse, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, N.Y., on March 19, 1953, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1960.
Sister Marguerite received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The College of Saint Rose and a master’s degree in home-economics education from Syracuse University; in addition, she pursued post-graduate courses in religious studies from The Catholic University of America. Sister Marguerite taught for 19 years in schools of the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses and in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. In addition, she served as director of the Family Life Bureau for Catholic Charities in the Syracuse Diocese and as project coordinator of Schoharie Community Life and Family Services for Catholic Charities in the Albany Diocese.
Sister Marguerite also was an intervention specialist for East Syracuse-Minoa School District and Catholic Central High School in Troy. She served as spiritual director and counselor on the staffs of Onondaga County Mental Health Center; Guest House, Mich.; Avila Retreat Center, N.C.; St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center, Albany; and Harrison Center, Syracuse. Sister Marguerite also worked in mission integration at St. Mary’s Health Care, Amsterdam, and as sacristan and pastoral care coordinator at St. Joseph’s Provincial House.
Sister Marguerite had artistic talent, an innovative instinct and a creative flair that was reflected in many venues from flower arranging to exquisite chapel ambience to unique styles of dress to one-of-a-kind greeting cards. She was interested in many Christian prayer practices, including the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, centering prayer, contemplative prayer, Lectio Divina, and Twelve-Step meditation. Whether she was serving as educator, counselor, spiritual director or pastoral worker, Sister Marguerite was focused on accompanying individuals in their search for a deeper relationship with God. She leaves us a legacy of dedication, imagination, endurance and perseverance in the faith journey.
Sister Marguerite is survived by her sisters: Patricia Tierney of Syracuse; Marian Tierney of Tucson, Ariz.; and Julie Mullen of Lakewood, Ohio; her sisters-in-law: Sheila Tierney, Tally Rose Tierney and Kate Fahey; many nieces and nephews and their families; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, Sister Marguerite was predeceased by five brothers: John, James, Paul F., Michael and Paul J. Tierney; her brother-in-law, Tom Mullen; and many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Her funeral was held on Jan. 26, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Latham and interment followed at Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds.
Contributions in Sister Marguerite’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110.