Sister Jean Veronica McCarthy, OP


AMITYVILLE — Sister Jean Veronica McCarthy, 80, died on December 5, 2011.  She had dedicated 61 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic and the ministry of education.

After working two years for the New York Life Insurance Company, she entered the congregation on September 8, 1950.  She received the habit on August 4, 1951 and one year later, August 6, 1952, she pronounced her religious vows.

Sister Jean Veronica served in schools in both the Brooklyn and Rockville Centre Dioceses:  St. Clement’s, Ozone Park (1952-55); Our Holy Redeemer, Freeport (1955-60); Sacred Heart, East Glendale (1960-63) and Christ the King, Commack (1963-66).  During this time she began to study theology at Providence College during the summer.  She successfully earned a master’s degree in 1968 and taught theology in St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip from 1966-70.

In 1970, she helped open a religious education center at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Brookville. She served there until 1981. That year, she transferred her skills to the adult education program at St. Hugh of Lincoln Church in Huntington Station. She also taught at St. Joseph’s College (1981-95).

Other ministerial activities included being theology consultant on the constitution committee for the congregation, presenting theology courses to the novices; teaching at Molloy College, Immaculate Conception Seminary, and Providence College in the School of Theology. She retired in 1995, and in 2008 moved to Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse.          

Sister is survived by her sister Ann Jaeger and brother-in-law Bill Jaeger of Floral Park.  Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel here on Dec. 9. Interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery followed.