Written on: April 29, 2019
Jackson Heights, New York was home to Sister Dorothy Dunn, formerly Sister John Marie. There she met the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and, drawn to their life, entered the congregation in 1944, seventy-five years ago. She attended D’Youville College, where she earned a degree in Social Studies and subsequently completed an MA in History at Villanova University. She was both an elementary and secondary educator and used her administrative skills as Principal at St. Norbert School in Paoli, the first principal of that newly-founded school. After more than thirty years, she changed the focus of her ministry from education to pastoral work and served as Pastoral Minister at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Bayside, New York. Her ministry there was mainly to the elderly of the parish as a warm and loving companion. Sister Dorothy presently resides at Holy Redeemer Lafayette where she enjoys time for prayer, leisure and companionship with her Grey Nun sisters and with a friend of many years.
It is the fulfillment of my dream to spend so many years as a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart. I am looking forward to this celebration of my seventy-five years with the congregation, with much gratitude to my beloved parents who permitted me to enter the convent at 16. They, along with my two loving sisters, encouraged me and supported me in every way. I am grateful to my loving God who called me and has sustained me with deep and abiding love. This life has fulfilled my longing for a life lived for God.