Sr. Cecilia Moloughney: A Lifetime of Devotion

Sr. Cecilia Moloughney recently celebrated her 100th birthday. She arrived at the St. Ursula Center in Blue Point on Dec. 8, 2008, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception after retiring from active ministry at 92 years old. During her life, Sr. Cecilia has answered many calls. For 30 years, she was at St. Michael’s in Greenwich, CT, directing the religious education program for 18 of those years. She tended to the sick and homebound, and was very active with the parish’s women’s association.

Born on June 23, 1916 in County Tipperary, Ireland, the seventh of ten siblings, Cecilia decided at her First Holy Communion to dedicate her life to God as a Sister. In 1932, at age 16 she left Ireland for Ozone Park, NY where she joined her sister Patricia who was already an Ursuline sister. Sr. Cecilia took her vows on September 1, 1935. She became a U.S. Citizen and attended Fordham University where she earned an M.A. in Theology and Religious Education and an M.S. Ed. in Administration and Method.

Sr. Cecilia taught seventh grade at Nativity BVM in Ozone Park, NY, and St. William the Abbot in Seaford, NY; and ninth grade at Holy Family High School in South Huntington, NY. She also was a coordinator for adult religious education for the Diocese of Rockville Centre for six years and directed the religious education program at Our Lady of Snow in Blue Point for several years.

Sr. Cecilia has also served the Ursuline community in several capacities including Director of Novices for ten years; Provincial Councilor for eight years; and Chairperson of the Ursuline International Commission which laid the groundwork for the writing of the order’s new constitution decreed by Vatican II. In 2000, she was asked by the town of Greenwich to be the Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day parade. She co-marshalled the parade with her beloved sister, Sr. Patricia, after advising the town that they were a “package deal.” An accomplished musician, she also has directed choirs and concerts while working as a part time organist in
various churches she has served.