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In Memoriam - Sister Amadeus McKenna, OP

SISTER AMADEUS McKENNA, OP, aka SISTER AMY, formerly, Brigid Mary McKenna, a member of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, N.Y. for the past 71 years, died on January 27, 2024 in Saint Martin de Porres Community. Sister Amadeus was 87 years of age.

Sister Amadeus was born in New York City to Michael and Margaret Callaghan McKenna on February 2, 1936.  She entered the Sisters of Saint Dominic on September 10, 1953 from Saint Pius Parish, Bronx, N.Y.  She received the Dominican Habit on July 5, 1954, professed her first vows on July 6, 1955, and final vows on July 6, 1958.

Sister Amadeus’ many years in ministry were in education, administration, counseling, and parish ministry.  Sister taught at Our Lady of the Rosary School, Yonkers, N.Y. and Saint Charles School, Staten Island, N.Y. She was Principal at Saint Mary Star of the Sea School, City Island, N.Y. and Holy Spirit School, Bronx, N.Y. She also served as a guidance counselor at Saint Raymond Academy for Girls, Bronx, N.Y. and was Motherhouse Administrator at Saint Dominic’s Convent, Blauvelt, N.Y. In addition, Sister served in parish ministry at Saint Emeric Parish, NYC, Saint Peter Parish, Yonkers, N.Y., Saint Francis Xavier Parish, NYC, Saint Phillip Neri Parish, Bronx, N.Y., and Saint John Parish, Bronx, N.Y. Her final years in parish ministry were at Saint Gabriel Parish, Bronx, N.Y. Sister Amadeus returned to Blauvelt in 2022.

In addition to her religious congregation, Sister Amadeus is survived by her brother Gerard, her nieces Peggy Dunne and Jennifer Stewart, her nephews, David and Gregory Leahy and Marshall and Daniel McKenna, many grandnieces and grandnephews, and two great grandnephews. Sister was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Margaret McKenna, her sister, Margaret Leahy, her nephew, Stephen Leahy, and her grandnephew, Kieran Dunne.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend services at:




WAKE: Thursday, February 1, 2024 from 3 to 7 pm

EVENING PRAYER: Thursday, February 1 at 6 pm


MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, February 2, 2024 at 10:30 am


Arrangements have been made by Hannemann Funeral Home, Nyack, New York.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Dominic, Blauvelt, New York


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