Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, April 26, 2018

WEST HARTFORD – Sister Virginia (Mary Catherine) Quinn, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry, West Hartford, died on Dec. 15, 2010, at the Provincial House in West Hartford. She was 89 years old and had been in religious life for 71 years

She was born on July 13, 1921, in Rutland, Vt., a daughter of the late James H. and Alice Louise (Holland) Quinn. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rutland, on Sept. 8, 1939, and celebrated her perpetual profession of vows on Aug. 24, 1947. In 1983, Sister Virginia transferred to the Sisters of St. Joseph in West Hartford and renewed her vows on Oct. 2, 1986.

Sister Virginia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in languages from Trinity College in Vermont, a master’s degree in theology from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., and a master’s degree and doctorate in adult education from Indiana University.

After a number of years on missions in Vermont, and in an administrative position at Mount St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sister Virginia became a consultant at St. Joseph College in West Hartford. She then spent seven years as administrator of a large girls’ school in Quetta, Pakistan. Upon her return, Sister Virginia became the provincial archivist until she retired in 2004.

Sister Virginia was predeceased by three brothers, Robert T., William T., and James B. Quinn; and four sisters, Alice Carrigan, Patricia Preedom, Roberta Rocque and Virginia Conway. She is survived by her religious community; two brothers, Francis E. and Joseph R. Quinn; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 20 in St. Joseph’s Chapel at the Convent of Mary Immaculate in West Hartford. Interment was in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.