May Her Soul Rest In Peace

Age 85 

Sr. Loretta Josepha Conran, SC


Sr. Loretta Josepha Conran (born Veronica Hope) grew up in the Bronx with her parents and two sisters. She had the Sisters of Charity of New York as teachers at St. Augustine School and at Cathedral High School. After working for the New York Telephone Company for a year, she entered the Congregation on September 8, 1944 and began what would be an extraordinary career as an educator. Sister’s education ministry spanned 5 decades and touched students, families and faculty in 9 schools and 2 countries.  Her long-time desire to serve in foreign missions was fulfilled by seven years in The Bahamas, where Sister was a teacher and headmistress – back in the days when our Sisters wore the traditional habit and before air conditioning (1952-59). Sr. Josepha’s longest school affiliation was with Saints Peter and Paul at 838 Brook Avenue in the Bronx. There she taught grades 6 – 8 at various times from 1971 – 96, and specialized in Language Arts, reading and religion. Sister retired from the classroom in 1996 but continued to live in Saints Peter and Paul parish until 2003. In our Archives is a news story with a photo showing Sr. Josepha enthusiastically cheering on the Sts. Peter and Paul’s boys’ basketball team to the Varsity Crown in a CYO tournament. Sister was better known though for urging her students on to academic victory. Sr. Josepha was a joyful, enthusiastic person; she was quick to assess a situation and often had a witty remark. When she was leaving the Bahamas, Sister told a friend, “I will miss you, but God will be our connection.” Now she has finally met God face to face. Rest in peace, Sister Josepha.

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