Sister Mary Joseph Crowley, O.S.F.


Sister Mary Joseph Crowley, O.S.F., a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities who served in health care ministry, died Nov. 6 at the Wartburg assisted living facility in Mount Vernon. She was 93.

Sister Mary Joseph served as nurse in the boys’ infirmary at Mount Loretto, Staten Island, 1955-59. She was operating room supervisor and assistant administrator at St. Agnes Hospital, White Plains, 1959-1971; psychiatric nurse and assistant administrator, St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, and Cabrini Medical Center, Manhattan, 1971-1979; hospital chaplain and clinical coordinator of the alcoholism unit at New York University Hospital, 1979-1985; and director of nursing, Unique Nursing Agency, 1985-1989. She was a volunteer at Calvary Hospital, the Bronx, 1990-2003.

Born in Port Jervis, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis at Hastings-on-Hudson in September 1949 and professed final vows on July 14, 1955. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at New York University and her master’s in hospital administration from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Sister Mary Joseph is survived by a brother, James Crowley, and a sister, Betty Sweeney.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 10 at St. Catherine Church, Pelham. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery, Kingston.

Sister Mary Joseph Crowley, O.S.F.