Sister Mary Carolyn Bishop, CSJ
Sister Mary Carolyn Bishop, CSJ, (Sister Clotilda), 93, died on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, NY. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 75 years.
Sister Mary Carolyn was born in Syracuse, NY, on February 2, 1922, daughter of the late James and Carolyn (Carrie) Tierney Bishop. After graduating from St. Vincent de Paul High School, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, NY, on March 19, 1940, and professed final vows on August 15, 1945. Sister Mary Carolyn received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business education from The College of Saint Rose. She taught for 46 years in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses, including 18 years at Bishop Grimes High School in Syracuse. Upon her retirement from teaching, Sister Mary Carolyn volunteered in central supply and in the reception office at St. Joseph’s Provincial House.
Sister Mary Carolyn was a woman of prayer, dedication and determination who was blessed with a quick and unexpected death. During her many years as a business teacher, she was firm and precise, and her students reaped the benefits when they entered the work world well-prepared and confident. In her community life with her Sisters, Sister Mary Carolyn was generous, witty, well-read and engaging. A devoted Sister of St. Joseph, a faithful friend and a beloved aunt, she had the joy of a mini-reunion with her relatives and extended family two days before her death.
Sister Mary Carolyn is survived by her niece, Anita Scales of Binghamton; and her nephews: William Bishop of Plymouth Meeting, PA; Robert Bishop of Baltimore, MD; Gerald Bishop of Hallstead, PA; and James Bishop of Syracuse. In addition, she is survived by her close friends in the Snogles and Casper families, and many dear friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph. In addition to her parents, Sister Mary Carolyn was predeceased by her brothers: James, Francis, and Rev. William Bishop; and her lifelong friend, R. Marie Snogles.
Sister Mary Carolyn ‘s Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, November 9 from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Contributions in Sister Mary Carolyn’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.