Sister Mary Brendan Connors 60th Jubilee

Written on: May 5, 2014


Sister Mary Brendan ConnorsSister Mary Brendan Connors always felt that it was her destiny to become a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart since she was taught by Grey Nuns at St. Rose of Lima School, Holy Angels Academy, and D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York.  In her sophomore year at D’Youville she realized that she wanted to be a teacher. This part of her vocation was apparently in her genes; her mother and two aunts were teachers. Why the Grey Nuns? Through the years she knew them well as outstanding educators and compassionate women whose focus was on preparing young men and women to be leaders in their community and their profession. Sister Mary Brendan spent many years in secondary education at Holy Angels Academy where she also served as Principal. In 1975, she was elected to leadership in the Congregation, serving five years, full time and eight years, part time. In 1980 she assumed what she thought of as a temporary position at D’Youville to continue development of the student support services through a federal grant. This temporary position turned into 31 years, working primarily with low income and academically underprepared students to provide them with the support systems needed to complete their bachelor degrees. Mary Brendan is now retired and lives in Buffalo (where she has spent most of her life) and finds numerous opportunities for volunteer service in her parish and the Buffalo community.

My ministry at D’Youville College, a leader in health related programs, was particularly gratifying to me since the mission of the Learning Center and the mission of the Grey Nuns co-mingle—the pursuit of excellence in forming graduates who will provide compassionate service, especially to those most in need. I loved working with faculty and staff as equal partners in carrying out the mission of the College in the spirit of Marguerite d’Youville. My passion is helping people. As long as I have ministry that accomplishes that, I feel blessed. Jubilee is an opportunity to say “Deo Gratias” for all the opportunities that I have enjoyed in my 60 year journey as a Grey Nun.


We will be featuring all of our 2014 Jubilarians prior to the Congregational Jubilee celebration  May 17 in  Yardley, PA. Collectively these 15 women have served God and His People for 900 years! God Bless them and their families for the gift of their generous hearts and lives.

3 thoughts on “Sister Mary Brendan Connors 60th Jubilee

  1. Michele Huddleston Wilkosz says:

    Congratulations Sister Brendan. My husband and I were reminiscing about our student days in Buffalo and looking up teachers we remembered. I was at Holy Angels from 1959 – 1962 (class of 1963).
    A long time ago.❤️

  2. Grace Rizzo Rissetto says:

    Congratulations and Best Wishes!
    I graduated HAA in ’62, and D’YC in ’66 and extend my appreciation for all of your years of service. Just got a letter from Sr. Marian Adrian, in Albion, NY. Both of you were wonderful role-models for me. May you remain a blessing for the community and your former students.
    Grace Rizzo Rissetto

  3. Carol Mailloux says:

    Sent you an email but just in case and you didn’t get I’m sending this. wishing the best with your 60 years serving the Lord. May God grant you many more years of service. It’s been such a long time since we touched . base. You never responded to my last letter and pictures, I’m sure you had your reasons. May God bless you and keep you in His Heart.
    This is meant for Sr Mary Brendan, Buffalo. Some how I got to this page. If so please send this to SMB. Tank you…………………….

    Goodwin Mailloux

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