… simplicity, honesty, integrity …so much for so many, quietly.

Sister Mary Kieran Mulligan, SCSister Mary Kieran (Kathleen) was born March 30, 1938, in Manhattan, one of three children, two girls and a boy of Francis and Annie J. McEneany Mulligan. Kathleen attended Saint Lucy Elementary School and Cathedral High School, both in Manhattan, and worked for one year before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1957. Sister Kieran earned a BA in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and New York State Certification in Elementary Education.

Sister Kieran dedicated her 52 years of active ministry to the education of elementary school students. She taught first grade for ten years at Saint Joseph in Yonkers, followed by 30 years at Saint Mary in Wappingers Falls, where she taught first and third grades. Her last twelve years of active ministry were at Saint Anthony in Yonkers, teaching in the Individualized Academic Program of the school. In 2012, Sister Kieran retired from full-time teaching ministry and joined the retired community at Mount Saint Vincent Convent.

Retirement opened the door for Sister Kieran to continue to offer her gifts in ministry to older sisters. Her days soon became full, accompanying sisters at MSV Convent to medical appointments and visiting sick sisters and those near death at Convent of Mary the Queen in Yonkers. Her keen ability to see and respond to needs, tell a good story sprinkled with a touch of humor, and even break into an old Irish song lightened the days and hearts of those blessed by her visits.

Sister Kieran could always be found in the middle of the sisters’ outreach ministries at Mount Saint Vincent Convent. Her heart and hands were always ready to set up the Christmas bazaar or other sale to support a sponsored ministry or to make sandwiches with Campus Ministry of the College of Mount Saint Vincent for a Midnight Run for the homeless. She assisted sisters with their visits to doctors at the Convent and remained faithful to her last day to make a nightly call to pray with a sister in a nursing home.

A moment’s reflection on Sister Kieran would probably elicit responses such as devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, Mary and the rosary; simplicity, honesty, integrity; pride in her Irish heritage; unwavering support of the Mets; so much for so many, quietly.

Sister Kieran, you have been called home by the Good Shepherd of your soul and the Giver of all good gifts. You go forth to a God who is no stranger to you. You have met this God in quiet prayer and in all whom you have blessed with your life. Now you will know God face to face and will dwell in God’s presence forever. Be at peace.


Date of Death
December 29, 2021


Wednesday, January 5, 2022
8–9:00 a.m.
Prayer Service at 8:30 a.m.
Flynn Memorial Home
1652 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10710
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Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 9:45 a.m.
St. Margaret of Cortona Church
6000 Riverdale Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471
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St. Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY


Archdiocese of New York

  • St. Joseph, Yonkers
    1960–70, Teacher, Gr. 1
  • St. Mary, Wappingers Falls
    1970–2000, Teacher, Gr. 3,1
  • St. Anthony, Yonkers
    2000–12, Teacher