Sister Ellen Quirke, S.C.


Sister Ellen Quirke, S.C., who served as a social worker in the Community Medicine Program at St. Vincent Hospital & Medical Center in Manhattan for 18 years, died July 9 at Kittay Senior Apartments in the Bronx. She was 95.

She was with the Community Medicine Program, 1976-1994. She also served at Encore Community Services, Manhattan, 1994-1996; Grace Institute and Center for Peace and Justice, Manhattan, 1975-1976; St. Joseph’s Hospital, Yonkers, 1972-1975; and The New York Foundling, Manhattan, 1969-1970. She directed the Sisters of Charity Juniorate, 1964-1969.

She was principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Manhattan, 1961-1964; and taught at St. Denis, Yonkers, 1960-1961; St. Agnes, Manhattan, 1958-1960; St. Francis Xavier, Manhattan, 1956-1958; Holy Name, Manhattan, 1955-1956; and St. Margaret of Cortona, the Bronx, 1947-1955.

Born in Manhattan, she entered the Sisters of Charity of New York in 1945 and professed final vows in 1950. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Fordham University, and master’s degrees in pastoral counseling from Iona College and social work from Fordham.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated July 15 at St. Margaret of Cortona Church. Burial will take place at a later date.

Sister Ellen Quirke, S.C.