Sister Dolores Fitzpatrick (Sr. Claire Marie)- 70th Jubilee

Written on: March 27, 2018

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Growing up, the bustling neighborhoods of Jackson Heights, New York, were home to Sister Dolores Fitzpatrick (Sister Claire Marie). She met the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart at Blessed Sacrament School and began her life-long journey with them. Sister Dolores served many ministry years as an elementary schoolteacher in Atlanta, Georgia, and Potsdam, New York among other locales.

Often called to the role of principal, she fulfilled that role at Immaculate Conception School in Eden, New York, at St. Jude’s School in Atlanta, Georgia, and at St. Norbert’s School in Paoli, Pennsylvania. At St. Mary’s School in Potsdam, she felt most at home. She loved the city and the students.

When she retired from education,she served as Coordinator for the sisters living at the Motherhouse in Yardley. She presently lives at Holy Redeemer Lafayette where she enjoys time for prayer, leisure and quiet time with her Grey Nun sisters.

At this special time in my life, I wish to express my deep gratitude to God for the gift of my religious vocation. I’d also like to thank my parents and family members for their continued support over the years.To my Grey Nun congregation, I am deeply appreciative of the many occasions afforded me for growth, including opportunities for spiritual development and academic training.

As I consider my seventy years as a Grey Nun, a panorama of events come to mind. First, of course, were the dozens of fruitful years spent with the young and the very young. What precious memories of innocent faces, first day jitters, and squeals of laughter. I loved it all!

Another significant event for all Grey Nuns was the 1990 canonization of our beloved foundress, St. Marguerite d’Youville. It was a singular joy to be present for the ceremony and celebration.

The founding of St. Mary’s School in Potsdam, New York, holds a special place in my heart. Four of us answered the call and traveled to upstate New York. Warmly welcomed by parishioners, the GNSH ministered at St. Mary’s for almost forty years.

A highlight of my life was the opportunity for a two month sabbatical at the Manna House of Prayer in Concordia, Kansas. The days there were graced moments indeed.

“All in all, after almost three quarters of a century as a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart, I remain a proud and grateful member.”


5 thoughts on “Sister Dolores Fitzpatrick (Sr. Claire Marie)- 70th Jubilee

  1. Virginia Korom says:

    Sister Dolores was my Principal at St. Norbert School in Paoli Pa. She was dedicated to helping all those she met. She was strong in her faith and she had love and patience for everyone. It was my pleasure to have worked for her during some of my 38 years in Catholic education.

  2. Teri (King) Carozzoni says:

    Sr Claire Marie was my teacher too! I also taught at St Mary’s School with her. I have thought often about her. I have some very good memories of her and the school. I would love to hear from Sr. Dolores!!

  3. Susan (Parker) Becker says:

    Sister Claire Marie taught me in the fifth grade at Christ The King School in Atlanta. She was just a young girl herself, and was such a breath of fresh air ! I have never forgotten her and happy to have been able to read about her life.
    God’s blessings to you Sister.

  4. Carol Frego says:

    Sr. Delores, I was talking with my dad tonight (now 91) and was reminiscing my days with you and the wonderful Grey Nuns who brought so much to Potsdam, the families and their children.

    Please email me to let me know how I might get in touch as I am now able to get to NY and PA more often.

    Blessed to have found your picture and proud memories of our community. Thank you.

  5. Jacqueline (Valentino) Sullivan says:

    Did Sister Claire Marie teach first grade at St. Leo’s in Corona NY? If so, she was my first Grade teacher! We had 60 kids in that class and Sister Claire Marie manged with a smile. I remember her so fondly and with amazing detail.
    The nuns were so caring and hard working. I am blessed to have experienced their care so early in my academic life.

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