Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, April 21, 2018

WEST HARTFORD – Sister Mary J. (Michael Joseph) Breen of the Sisters of Mercy died suddenly on Oct. 29, 2010, at St. Mary Home.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1924, in Waterbury, a daughter of Michael and Catherine (Corrigan) Breen.

She entered the Sisters of Mercy on June 27, 1941, at the age of 17, and, two and a half years later, professed her vows.

She earned Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees and a sixth-year certificate from St. Joseph College in West Hartford as well as a certificate in administration from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

She taught in Catholic elementary and high schools throughout the state, including at St. Joseph in Danbury; Mount St. Joseph Academy in West Hartford; and St. Rose in Meriden, where she was the principal for 12 years.

She then became a guidance counselor at Lauralton Hall in Milford.

She retired in 1999 to Mercy-knoll, where she volunteered as a receptionist.

She also volunteered at the School for Young Children and at the Center for Reflection, Education and Action, both in Hartford.

Sister Mary’s three brothers, Joseph, John and George, predeceased her. She is survived by her sister, Sarah (Sally) Frost of The Woodlands, Texas, several nieces and nephews, and the Mercy community.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 4 in the chapel at St. Mary Home Chapel. Burial was on Nov. 5 in St. Mary Cemetery.

Donations in Sister Mary’s memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111.