Sr. Geraldine Conklin: Gospel Values and Education

Sister Geraldine Conklin ministered to children for more than 40 years. As the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development in Queen of All Saints School in Brooklyn and Our Lady of Fatima School in Jackson Heights, Queens, she was responsible for the development of the staff and the implementation of the New York State curriculum. Her priority is to ensure that students not only receive an education but also an environment where Gospel values are not only taught but lived. Her hope is that upon graduation students will be ready to face their young adult life confidently bringing their academic skills and Catholic values into society.

Sr. Geraldine Conklin (Mary Aloysius) was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Ozone Park, NY. She attended Nativity B.V.M elementary school where the seeds of her vocation were nourished. After graduating from St. Michael’s High School in Brooklyn, Sister entered the novitiate of the Ursuline Sisters. She earned a BA in Education from St. John’s University, a Masters in English from Saint Joseph College in Hartford and a post graduate certificate in Reading from Adelphi University.

Sr. Geraldine began teaching 2nd grade in St. William the Abbot School in Seaford, NY. She moved to Hartford, CT and continued teaching in St. Thomas the Apostle School. After 7 years at St. Thomas the Apostle, she began teaching at St. Gregory the Great in Bellerose. It was during these years that Sr. Geraldine became a reading specialist. She ministered to minority children in Queen of All Saints School in Brooklyn, NY. As a reading specialist she created and implemented both remedial and enrichment reading programs. As curriculum coordinator she worked with both faculty and students develop academic and technology programs. As an assistant principal she assisted the principal with many administrative tasks associated with administering a Catholic elementary school.

In addition to her educational ministry, Sr. Geraldine was part of each parish community where she served. She worked on Parish Councils, sacramental preparation programs, liturgical committees, fundraising events, and the myriad other activities that are part of parish life in the United States.

Sr. Geraldine served for seven years as a counselor in the province leadership. Throughout her religious life she has been an active member of the Ursuline Sisters serving on many committees and actively participating in the life of the province. Sr. Geraldine has approached all her ministries and life challenges with enthusiasm and purposeful action to make God known.