Written on: April 13, 2022
There were two reflections on the life of Sister Mary Charlotte Barton. This reflection was written and delivered by Sr. Eileen White, GNSH. Read the full reflection here: Mary Charlotte Barton reflection April 23 2022.
A second reflection, written and delivered by Sr. Mary Charlotte’s youngest sister, Mary Morais, paints a family picture, fulfilling in its own way the words of Sister Eileen, “Charlotte was more than any one image, bigger than her ministries, her awards, her accolades. She was a community woman and a family woman, a musician, a lover of nature and of all things beautiful.” Read Mary’s reflection here: Mary Charlotte Barton’s sister Mary Morais’ sharing of family memories April 23 2022
Sister Mary Charlotte Barton, GNSH, former President of D’Youville College, died on April 7, 2022 in the 76th year of her religious life. An outstanding educator and administrator, Sister Mary Charlotte will be remembered for her contributions to the growth and strengthening of the College as its 13th President, spanning the years of 1968-79. Sister also served as a Trustee of the College from 1983-1992. Other Board of Trustee Membership includes Holy Redeemer Health System and A.B. Hepburn Hospital. Sister was also a member of the Committee of Education for the USCC.
In 1979 Sister Mary Charlotte was elected as the 10th Superior General of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, in which capacity she served until 1988. From 1989 until 1998 she served as Parish Administrator of St. Hugh of Cluny Parish in Philadelphia, PA. Sister was reelected to Congregational Leadership in 1998 and served as a Member of the GNSH Leadership Council and Treasurer until 2003.
Among the many awards Sister received was that of Outstanding Woman Educator in Western NY by the Community Advisory Council of SUNY at Buffalo in 1978, Sister was the recipient of three Honorary Degrees (St. Bonaventure, Canisius and D’Youville). She was listed in Who’s Who in Religion and Outstanding Educators in America.
Sister served as principal (1963-65) of Melrose Academy (Elkins Park, PA) for three of 10 years, and D’Youville Academy (Chamblee, GA 1965-68). She taught French and Latin and was Chair of the Romance Languages Department at Cardinal Dougherty High School.
Sister was born Dorothy Elizabeth Barton, the eldest of seven children born to Edward D. and Dorothy Thompson Barton. She grew up in Lowell, MA and is survived by siblings: E. David (Yasko) Barton, Priscilla Hartley, and Mary Morais and sister-in-law Carol Barton and brother-in-law Robert McGuire as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents and sisters Charlotte McGuire, Alice (Millard) Cramp and brother James.
Viewing will begin at 9:15 am, with sharing of memories starting at 9:30 am, Saturday, April 23rd in the Redeemer Sisters’ Chapel 521 Moredon Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA; her funeral Mass will follow at 10:00 am. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, PA.
Donations in her memory will be gratefully received by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart. Donations may be made online to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, or by mail at the following address:14500 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116-1188.
Funeral arrangements by Beck/Givnish, Inc.