Sister Lorraine Ferguson, O.P.


Sister Lorraine Ferguson, O.P., a Dominican Sister of Hope who served as a principal and teacher in the archdiocese for more than 30 years, died Nov. 12 at the Meadowview, at the Wartburg, in Mount Vernon. She was 92.

Sister Lorraine served at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, Poughkeepsie, 1978-1987; SS. John and Paul School, Larchmont, 1973-1975 and 1966-1969 (as principal); Our Lady of Fatima, Scarsdale, 1973-1975 and 1952-1959; St. Ursula, Mount Vernon, 1971-1973 (as principal), and 1959-1962; St. Thomas, Cornwall, 1965-1966; Bishop Dunn Memorial School, Newburgh, 1963-1965; St. Peter, Rosendale, 1962-1963; Sacred Heart, Newburgh, 1951-1952; and Dominican Day School, Larchmont, 1949-1951.

Sister Lorraine facilitated art retreats and exhibitions, 2003-2011, and was coordinator of Mariandale Chapel Art Gallery, Ossining, 2005-2010. She was an art therapist at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, Ossining 1996-2004, and Sarabrae Women’s Center, New Windsor, 1996-1997. She also served in her congregation’s administration, 1992-1995, as well as in New Jersey, Maryland and New Hampshire.

Born in Yonkers, she entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh in 1947 and professed her vows in 1952. She was formerly known as Sister Ann Gregory.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.; a master’s in art from the University of Notre Dame; and a master’s in expressive therapy from Lesley College, Cambridge, Mass.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 19 in Dominican Center at Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh. Burial was in the Dominican Sisters of Hope Cemetery, Newburgh.


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