Sister Mary

On October 6, 1927 I was born to Daniel and Teresa (Taylor) McCaffrey. Catherine and Wilson Daly, my God parents, brought me to St. Jerome’s Church on October 23 to be baptized Mary Teresa. In the year 1933, at the age of six, I went to St. Teresa’s, our parish school in Brooklyn, and was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph (Brentwood). I graduated in 1941 and went to St. Joseph’s Commercial High School, also taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph. I graduated in 1945 and went to work as a secretary for two years.

My dreams came true when in 1947 I entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. After making temporary vows I was sent on mission to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Convent, a Redemptorist parish, in Bay Ridge. I made my final vows while stationed there. For eight very happy years I taught boys some of whom became Redemptorists. In 1957 I was sent to Mary Mother of Jesus Parish in Bensonhurst for two years. During this time I was introduced to the Redemptoristines by my confessor, Father Francis Eagan and Brother Albert Schreiber who were Redemptorists.

In 1959 I obtained permission to transfer to the Redemptoristine Monastery in Esopus. The sisters of this monastery had come to Esopus from Canada in 1957. In 1961, after a two year novitiate I made my solemn vows. I have been a religious for over 60 years: twelve years as a Sister of St. Joseph and the rest as a Redemptoristine.