Sister Helen Francis Curnan OP
1927 – 2017
Sister Helen Francis Curnan, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on March 27, 2017 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.
Born in New York City, NY on October 9, 1927, Helen was the daughter of Francis and Helen Connolly Curnan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1946 and received the name Sister Helen Francis. She professed her first vows in in 1948 and her final vows in 1953.
Sister Helen Francis received a BA in English, Manhattan College, New York in 1953 and her MA in English from St. John’s University, New York in 1956.
Sister Helen Francis served in the Archdiocese of New York and Brooklyn as a teacher in St. Helena School, Bronx, NY (1948-1953), Mary Queen of Heaven (1953-1955), St. Helena High School (1955-1956), Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1956-1961). Sr. Helen Francis was principal of St. Augustine School, New City, NY (1961-1966). From 1966-1968 Sister Helen served in Formation for our Junior Professed Sisters in Sparkill. Sister Helen returned to teaching and from 1968-1975 was at Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY; St. Helena Commercial High School (1975-1989). Sister Helen served as Librarian at St. John Chrysostom School (1989-1998) then assisted in the Development Office of Msgr. Scanlan High School (1998-2000) and Dominican Convent (2000-2006) before retiring to Siena Hall.
Sister Helen Francis is predeceased by her parents Francis and Helen Curnan and two siblings, Catherine and Francis Patrick. She is survived by three nephews and a niece.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Sparkill, NY on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation is on Monday, April 3, 2017 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dominican Convent, 175 Rte. 340, Sparkill, NY.
Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Arrangements are by Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Dominican Sisters, at the above address, attention- Sister Mary Murray, President.
Published in the The Journal News on Mar. 31, 2017
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