Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, February 19, 2018

NEW BRITAIN – Sister Catherine McNally (Sister Joseph Theodore), a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, died at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain on Sept. 23, 2016. She had been in religious life for 79 years and was 99 years of age.

She was born in Westport on June 30, 1917, a daughter of the late Thomas J. and Mary Esther (Reilly) McNally. She entered her religious order on Sept., 8, 1937, and celebrated her profession of vows on Aug. 24, 1943.

Sister Catherine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from the Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford, a Masters of Arts degree in secondary education from Fairfield University and a Master of Library Science degree from Southern Connecticut State College, now university.

Sister Catherine taught in elementary schools in all three Roman Catholic dioceses in Connecticut.

She is survived by a sister, Sister of St. Joseph Rita McNally; her religious community; and extended family.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Holy Ghost Father P. James McNally and Robert McNally; and her sisters, Mary C. McNally and Ann Mullen.

The funeral Mass was celebrated on Sept. 28 in the chapel of the Convent of Mary Immaculate in West Hartford. Burial followed in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford.