Sister Mary Dorena Dwyer, CSJ
Sister Mary Dorena Dwyer, CSJ, 99, died Sunday, September 11, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 80 years.
Sister Mary Dorena, the former Mary Theresa Dwyer, was born in Syracuse, NY, on June 3, 1917, daughter of the late Roger and Josephine Kenney Dwyer. She was raised in St. Brigid’s Parish and graduated from Syracuse Central High School. On March 19, 1937, Sister Mary Dorena entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and pronounced final vows on August 15, 1942. She received a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in education, both from The College of Saint Rose. For 41 years, Sister Mary Dorena taught in schools of the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses.
In addition, she taught and supervised student teachers at The College of Saint Rose and was the director of education for the Albany Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph. For 14 years, Sister Mary Dorena was a staff member at Mulberry Hill Arts, the ceramics shop at St. Joseph’s Provincial House.
Sister Mary Dorena’s Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, September 14, in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Contributions in Sister Mary Dorena’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.