We sadly announce that Sr. Monica died on March 7, 2019. Her obituary is listed here.
Sr. Monica Ste-Marie, 102, a beloved member of the Ursuline Community, died peacefully on March 8, 2019 at Andrus-on-Hudson. The former Marguerite Gladys Ste-Marie was born to Rosalba Laroche and Alphonse Ste-Marie in Malone, NY on January 19,1917. She entered the Ursulines on July 24,1934, shortly after graduating from St Joseph’s Academy in Malone. She professed first vows on February 6, 1937 and final vows on February 6, 1940. Sr. Monica celebrated 80 years as an Ursuline in 2017.
Sr. Monica earned a B.S. in Education/English from Catholic University, Washington, DC and Fordham University, Bronx, NY in 1937. She earned an M.A. in Religious Studies from Providence College, Rhode Island in 1951.
Sr. Monica’s ministry as a teacher of elementary and secondary school began in 1937 at St. Patrick’s School, Washington, DC, (1937-1938) and concluded half a century later at Notre Dame School, Malone, NY. (1975-1977 & 1983-1988). In between she taught in the Bronx at Our Lady of Mercy, (1938-1939) St Philip Neri, (1939-1940) St. Angela’s, (1942-1947 & 1957-1961), and St Jerome’s (1950-1957). She also taught at St. Joseph’s in Middletown, NY (1947-1949), St. Joseph’s Ursuline Academy in Malone, NY (1961-1975), Wilmington Ursuline Academy High School, Wilmington, DE, (1977-1978) and North Country Community College and in Puebla, Mexico, (1982).
Sr. Monica also devoted many years to prison ministries, including Downstate Correctional Facility, Beacon, NY (1980-1982) and Women’s Prison, Claymont, DE (1982-1983. In addition, she helped to administer the Marian Residence in New Rochelle, (1988-1989) St. Joseph’s School and St. George’s Parish in Malone,(1989-2002) and the Beacon, NY Retreat Center. (1978-1982)
Visitation will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 from 3-4 pm at the Ursuline Provincialate Chapel, 1338 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 4:30 pm. Burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ursuline Sisters Retirement Fund, at the North Avenue address.