Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Friday, February 23, 2018

WILTON – Sister Ethel MacIlvain (Sister Mary Carl), a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on April 26, 2014, at Lourdes Health Care Center. She was 91 years of age and had been in religious life for 74 years.

 She was born in New York City on Dec. 8, 1922, a daughter of the late Karl Messenger MacIlvain and Ethel Adelaide Nolan MacIlvain. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 14, 1940, and professed her perpetual vows on Aug. 24, 1949.

Sister Ethel graduated from the Diocesan Teachers’ College in West Hartford with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and received a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. She earned a master’s degree in administration and music education, as well as a sixth-year certificate in administration/supervision, from the University of Bridgeport.

Sister Ethel began her teaching career in the Archdiocese of Hartford’s school system and then taught at St. Mary’s School in Lee, Mass., for two years. She then was a principal at St. Lawrence School in West Haven, St. James School in Stratford, St. Louis in West Haven, St. James School in Danielson and St. Joseph School in Shelton. Her last three years as a teacher were spent at St. Rose of Lima School in Newtown.

Sister Ethel was predeceased by her twin sister, Sister Eileen MacIlvain, also a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph; and her brother Vincent MacIlvain. She is survived by her religious community, a sister-in-law and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 29 in St. Joseph Chapel at the Convent of Mary Immaculate in West Hartford.

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