Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletNovember 12, 2018

In Remembrance

Sister Theresa Brown, CSJ


Sister Theresa Brown (Sister Theresa André), 89, died Monday evening, June 4, 2018, at the Community Hospice Inn, St. Peter’s Hospital. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 71 years.

Sister Theresa was born in Syracuse, NY, on May 17, 1929, daughter of the late James and Ruby MacDonald Brown. After graduating from St. John the Baptist Academy, Syracuse, Sister Theresa entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 19, 1947, and professed final vows on August 15, 1952. Sister Theresa received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both in education from The College of Saint Rose. She served in the ministry of education for 40 years in schools of the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses, including 16 years as teacher and principal at St. Lucy’s, Syracuse. In addition, Sister Theresa was a parish minister for 23 years at St. Brigid’s/St. Joseph’s Church in Syracuse.

Sister Theresa was a kind, caring woman whose heart was focused on being a visible sign of God’s presence in our world. As a beloved family member, an effective principal and teacher, a compassionate parish minister and a faithful friend, Sister Theresa’s life wove a pattern of grace marked by energy and joy in the service of others. Proud of her Canadian roots, Sister Theresa’s favorite place of relaxation and renewal was the family compound at Brown’s Bay, Wolfe Island, where her family has gathered for generations, and where she enjoyed the precious memories, the breathtaking sunsets, the family fun and fishing from the dock for her supper! Sister Theresa leaves us a legacy of selfless service and dedication to family and community.

Sister Theresa is survived by her sisters, Carol Kirchgessner and Rita Gorman; her brothers, Ralph and James Brown; many nieces and nephews and their families; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, Sister Theresa was predeceased by her sisters, Mary Stewart and Agnes Moyer.

Sister Theresa’s Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m. from the chapel of St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham.

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