Sr. Maureen Kelly F.S.P.

16 August, 193510 July, 2020

Sister Maureen Kelly, FSP, formerly known as Sr. John Agnes, was the second child of four born in New York City to John and Agnes Kelly. She was raised north of the George Washington Bridge often referred to as Innwood. There she attended Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School where she met the Franciscan Sisters. She attended Cathedral High School for girls located on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. After graduating from high school in 1953, Maureen entered the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Peekskill, NY and professed her first vows in 1955. Sister Maureen pursued higher education at Ladycliff College in Highland Falls, NY graduating with a BA degree in History and English. Later, she studied at Hunter College in Manhattan where she earned an MA in History. Sr. Maureen was one of 112 founding members of the Franciscan Sisters of Peace established in 1986. Throughout her years of ministry, she taught in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York on the elementary level as well as the secondary level. While ministering at St. Joseph’s High School in West New York, NJ, she served as the chairperson of the History Department. After completing studies at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ, where she received an MA in Student Personnel Services and Guidance, she served as Director of Guidance at both St. Joseph’s High School, West New York, NJ and St. Dominic’s Academy, Jersey City, NJ for thirty-six years. During these years she received special recognition as “Counselor of the County” for her dedicated service to students, parents, educators and the community as well as for promoting the highest ideals of the school counseling profession. It was Sr. Maureen’s energy, joy, and generous spirit that were gifts to her students for so many years. In 2011 she retired from her ministry at St. Dominic’s Academy and served as Eucharistic Minister and Lector at St. Joseph’s Parish, Bogota, NJ. In early 2018, due to declining health, Sr. Maureen moved to Marian Woods in Hartsdale, a collaborative adult care facility for women religious from various communities. Since 2019, she has been a resident of St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry, NY. It was there that she befriended other residents and staff ministering in her own special way to all she encountered. Sr. Maureen is survived by her brother, John Kelly and her sister Eileen Giordan as well as many nieces and nephews and several grand nieces and nephews. All services will be private due to the Coronavirus pandemic. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated when possible. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Yonkers, NY on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.


Sr. Maureen Kelly F.S.P.

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Barbara Nacinovich

30 July 2020

Sister Maureen was one of the best teachers I ever had at St. Joe's. Because of her, History became my favorite subject. She had such enthusiasm for teaching and she truly cared about her students, her girls. It was great seeing her at our last H.S. reunion. She had a great impact on me and obviously on so many others. I hope all these wonderful tributes help to ease the pain her family must be feeling. I will never forget her.

Peg Loonam

20 July 2020

May you Rest in Peace, dear Sr. Maureen.
I so enjoyed our annual College banquets.
Your beautiful spirit remains with me.
An angel is now in our midst.

John E. Nagel

18 July 2020

Sister was a caring , positive lady who never let a bad day or moodiness interfere with the counseling of our girls. A treasure who left SDA prematurely but can't be forgotten .John E. Nagel
Cross Country/Track & Field coach and Director of Athletics at St. Dominic Academy since 1978


Sofia Bajwa

15 July 2020

Sr. Maureen was such a close and loved friend. So many fond memories and happy times. She and my mom cared for eachother like family. She was family to all of us. Sr. Maureen was there for me at all of the hardest and all of my best best times. Everything from birthdays and holidays when my siblings and I were small children , to deciding on what college to attned, and everything in between. She cared about everyone she came in contact with and left each person a better version of themselves and feeling loved. She was a force of nature and I will miss her so very much.

Rafael Vera Cruz

14 July 2020

It is with sadness and grief that we mourn the death of a loving, generous and kind Sr. Maureen. My family and I have known her for almost 40 years and she has brought joy, laughter, love and motherly advice to all of us. She would always call or write us on important occasions like Christmas or birthday celebrations. With a cheery voice, she would always start her greetings with “ How are you Sonny, and you’re wife and kids? I bet you’re kids have grown and are into something of achievement.” Her voice was always reassuring, kind and Irishly accented. We will miss her in death but we are forever thankful for the memories she left in our midst, forever etched in our broken hearts. May the angels welcome her in heaven with hosannas that she rightly deserve and eternal peace with the Lord! Goodbye Sr. Maureen!

Maureen Healy

14 July 2020

Sr. Maureen was the Guidance Counselor for both of my daughters at St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City. She was a smart, strong, wonderful, caring & funny woman. She knew exactly what colleges my daughters would succeed in. I am so grateful that we had the pleasure of having her in our lives. May she rest in peace & will be deeply missed. My deepest condolences to her family.
Maureen Healy

Lillian Gonzalez-Roig

14 July 2020

Sister Maureen’s bright light will continue to shine in the thousands of lives she touched. I am so grateful I got to know her through the years. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the family she so loved.

Janet Deely

14 July 2020

Sr. John Agnes, Sr Maureen, and Maureen, throughout our sixty year bond you were my confidante, my colleague in education/counseling as we studied together at Seton Hall University , and my loving friend. You are forever in my heart and your love remains in all I do and see.

Janet Deely

Elizabeth (Betty Ann) Beirne - Ciarlo

13 July 2020

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sr. Maureen. I have been fortunate to have known her as a student as well as a colleague. She was a genuine, compassionate and caring mentor . It truly was an honor to work alongside her within the counseling department of SDA. I will miss her insight, her sense of humor and her strength. May her beautiful soul rest in peace ❤️

Jennifer Klaas

12 July 2020

Sr Maureen was a special woman who will be sorely missed. I’ll always remember her enthusiasm and advice when it came to talking about high school & college choices with all the young people in our family. As a dear friend of my Aunt, Sr Ellen O’Connor, she became a dear friend to us all. God rest her soul. ❤️
Jennifer Klaas

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