Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletApril 10, 2021

In Remembrance

Sister Mary Winifred Sullivan, CSJ

Sister Mary Winifred Sullivan, CSJ, (Sister Charles Garnier), 94, died Tuesday, September 25, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Sister Mary Winifred had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 76 years.

Sister Mary Winifred was born in Utica, NY, on October 12, 1912, daughter of the late James and Mary Lahan Sullivan. After graduating from St. Francis de Sales High School in Utica, Sister Mary Winifred entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1931. She received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from The College of Saint Rose, and a master’s degree in Latin from The Catholic University of America. In addition, Sister Mary Winifred studied Japanese in the Kyoto Language School and was a Fulbright scholar to Rome, Italy. After seven years of teaching elementary grades, Sister Mary Winifred taught Latin for 35 years in high schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. In addition, she taught English for nine years in Tsu, Japan, and was an adjunct faculty member in French at The College of Saint Rose.


Sister Mary Winifred was a devoted teacher and, at the same time, a very serious scholar who believed that the classics provide not only delight but also guidance on our life’s journey. Her years in Japan left a lasting impression on Sister Mary Winifred who had a deep love for the people, language and culture of the country. Sister Mary Winifred was a true Fulbright Scholar who lived out the ideal of the award: to work for human dignity, so that all nations may learn to live in peace. She was a loyal friend, a valued adviser and a steadfast Sister of St. Joseph.


Sister Mary Winifred is survived by her sister-in-law, Arlene (Pat) Sullivan, by several nieces, nephews and cousins and by the Sisters of St. Joseph. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, John, James and Thomas, and by many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.


Sister Mary Winifred’s funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Saturday, September 29 in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds.


Contributions in Sister Mary Winifred’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.