Sister Grace Mannion (Grace Anne) of the Sisters of Mercy died peacefully on Thursday October 19, 2017, at St. Mary Home, West Hartford, after a prolonged illness.
Born in Danbury on October 29, 1931, she was the daughter of the late James J. and Grace (Cassidy) Mannion. She was raised in Danbury, and entered entered the Sisters of Mercy on July1, 1949, professing her vows on June 28, 1952. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, Sister Grace taught for 14 years in several Catholic schools throughout the diocese of Bridgeport and the Hartford Archdiocese before pursuing a Master of Arts degree from St. Joseph College, now the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford.
She taught English in local Catholic high schools prior to her transition to direct the Mercy initiative inviting and involving the laity to participate through voluntary annual covenant and commitment as partner Associates, called Extended Mercy, to forward the spiritual and active ministries of the Sisters of Mercy. She remained as the director from its 1995 origins until her recent retirement, when she volunteered continuing service.
She was predeceased by her parents and only sister, Mary. She is survived by several cousins and her community of the Sisters of Mercy. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at University of St. Joseph Connor Chapel at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 25. Calling hours will begin at 3 p.m. Burial will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 in St. Mary Cemetery. Donations in Sister Grace’s memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 25 Prescott St. West Hartford, CT 06110.