She was kind, patient and caring with everyone whom she met, and no request was ever too much for her to accomplish.
Sister Marion Hunt (Sister Michael Mary) was born March 23, 1923, in New York City, one of two daughters born to Michael and Catherine Flatley Hunt. Marion graduated from Ascension School, Blessed Sacrament High School, and attended Hunter College for two years, all in Manhattan, before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York September 8, 1944. Her sister Catherine, Sister Mary Finnbarr, who joined her in the Congregation in 1956, passed away in 2003. Sister Michael Mary completed her BA in English at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Bronx, her MA in Philosophy at Fordham University, New York, and earned her PhD in Philosophy at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Sister Marion began her forty-seven years of ministry in education at Saints Peter and Paul, Bronx, and Saint Francis of Assisi, Mount Kisco. In 1953, she was missioned to Cathedral High School, Manhattan, where she taught English and Religion for nine years. In 1962, Sister Marion began teaching at the College of Mount Saint Vincent as an Instructor and retired in 1993 as a Professor of Philosophy. After her retirement from teaching, Sister Marion continued to enrich the college for the next ten years by developing the Center for Professional Ethics. During the next fifteen years, Sister Marion volunteered as an English language teacher in the Head Start Program for Parents and then at the Sisters of Charity Multi-Service Center, both in Yonkers. She also maintained the Resource Center at the Sisters of Charity Center. In 2008, Sister Marion joined the community at Mount Saint Vincent Convent and, in 2018, moved to Cabrini of Westchester, Dobbs Ferry, remaining there until her death on December 14, 2019.
During her years as teacher and chairperson of the Philosophy Department at the College, Sister Marion inspired students and faculty members alike, not only by the high level of her scholarship but by her ability to present complex and challenging concepts in a style and language that made them completely comprehensible. She was kind, patient and caring with everyone whom she met, and no request was ever too much for her to accomplish. It was Sister Marion’s style to contribute quietly to the many committees, boards and creative working groups of which she was a member. Those with whom she worked and lived were aware of the quality of her contribution which were made with penetrating intelligence, cheerfulness, and a deeply loving and joyful heart. She enjoyed quoting favorite writers and inspiring philosophers like Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., who wrote, “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”
We rejoice with Sister Marion as she is welcomed home by her sister, Catherine, Sisters of Charity, family members, and all the saints. Rest in the loving arms of Jesus, Sister Marion.
Date of Death
December 14, 2019
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
6301 Riverdale Ave., Bronx, NY
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Reflection/Sharing: 10:30 a.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 11 a.m.
St. Joseph Cemetery
Archdiocese of New York
- Ss. Peter and Paul, Bronx
1946–52, Teacher, Gr. 2, 6
- St. Francis of Assisi, Mt. Kisco
1952–53, Teacher, Gr. 8
- Cathedral H.S., Manhattan
1953–62, Teacher, English, Religion
- College of Mt. St. Vincent, Bronx
1962–93, Prof. of Philosophy
1993–03, Center for Professional Ethics (volunteer)
- Head Start Parents, Yonkers
1993–98, Teacher for Adults, ESL (volunteer)
- Sisters of Charity Resource Center, Bronx
1995–08, Volunteer Services
- Casa de Esperanza, Yonkers
1998–05, Teacher, ESL (volunteer)
- Mt. St. Vincent Convent, Bronx
2008–18, Prayer, service, witness
- Cabrini of Westchester, Dobbs Ferry
2018–19, Prayer, service, witness