Sister Mary Alice Howley, O.S.F.


Sister Mary Alice Howley, O.S.F., who served as an educator and pastoral minister, died Oct. 1 at the Skilled Care Facility at Wartburg, Mount Vernon. She was 86.

At St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, where she served for 35 years, she was on the pastoral ministry team, 1979-1992, and served as director of mission effectiveness, 1992-2014.

She taught at Holy Name of Jesus School, New Rochelle, 1957-1959. She taught English at St. Aloysius School, Mount Loretto, Staten Island, 1959-1970, and taught English and was assistant principal at St. Clare Academy, Hastings-on-Hudson, 1970-1979.

Sister Mary Alice was director of sister candidates and ongoing formation for the Sisters of St. Francis of Hastings-on-Hudson. She served two terms on the Community Council, 1999-2003, when the Sisters of St. Francis formed the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.

Born in New York City, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1955 and professed final vows in 1960. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in religion and religious education from Fordham University and a master’s in English from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.

Her sister, Eunice, and brothers, George and Fred, survive her.

A Memorial Mass was offered Oct. 26 at St. Catharine’s Church in Pelham. Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery, Staten Island.

Sister Mary Alice Howley, O.S.F.