WEST HARTFORD – Sister Dolores A. (Daniel Mary) Crowley, a member of the Sisters of Mercy, died peacefully on May 11, 2016, at St. Mary Home.
She was born in Providence, R.I., on Jan. 11, 1939, a daughter of the late Edmund S. and Gertrude M. (Meadows) Crowley. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 2, 1957, and professed her vows on June 26, 1960.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Diocesan Teachers College in Madison, Sister Dolores taught in diocesan parochial schools for more than 11 years prior to becoming the Sisters of Mercy director of novices, a position she held for seven years.
After receiving master’s degrees in mathematics and pastoral counseling from St. Joseph College (now the University of St. Joseph), Sister Dolores dedicated herself to serving those in great need. She became director of St. Elizabeth House in Hartford, developing administrative skills and a vision for transitional housing. After three years there, she was assigned as executive director of McAuley House in Providence.
She then exercised all of her talent as teacher and principal to develop and build, in 1990, her housing dream, McAuley Village, a 23-apartment complex for single parents with families who would be able to move from homelessness through shelter, job training and support services to independence and family security.
Sister Dolores’s prominence in the housing ministry gained her numerous awards and citations, including the Jefferson Award for greatest public service benefitting a local community, presented to her in 1991; and national recognition from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with its National Excellence Award for McAuley Village’s innovative approach to assisting poor parents, presented by Secretary Henry Cisneros in 1996.
Edmund Crowley, her brother, predeceased her. She is survived by two sisters, Sister of Mercy Margaret Crowley of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Trudy C. McCormack of Mattapoisett, Mass.; a niece; two nephews; grandnephews; grandnieces; and her religious community.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated on May 26 at St. Mary Home. Interment was in St. Mary Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111; or McAuley Ministries, 622 Elmwood Ave., P.O. Box 73195, Providence, RI 02907.