A Fond Farewell to Sr. Maureen Flynn, ASCJ, ’81
The principal of Sacred Heart Academy, Sr. Maureen Flynn, ASCJ, ’81 (Hamden) has been transferred to Santa Maria School in the Bronx, a preK4 to grade 8 school with close to 500 students. Santa Maria includes the largest universal preK program in the Archdiocese of New York. Sr. Maureen will be leaving Sacred Heart in July.
Sr. Maureen has served as principal at Sacred Heart since July 2010. As a result of her leadership, Sacred Heart has upgraded technology, increased AP offerings, added Mandarin Chinese, expanded course offerings to include Online School for Girls, enhanced critical thinking skills resulting in higher SAT scores, and improved our athletic program. Most importantly, Sister will be remembered for her devotion to the emotional and spiritual well-being of the students. She innately knew when students needed her compass and carefully and persistently worked to guide them. She was their strongest advocate and an even stronger role model.
“Sr. Maureen will take to her new ministry all of the gifts she has so generously shared with us here at Sacred Heart for the past six years. As a member of the first president/principal team, it has been my privilege to minister with her, as she worked each day to keep alive the spirit of Excelsior, the foundation of the Academy for 70 years. Sacred Heart is a better school because of Sr. Maureen’s loving care for the students, her dedication to the faculty, and her humble and quiet gift of self, each and every day. These are the hallmarks of her time here; she has left her mark and she will be greatly missed. It is with a deep feeling of gratitude that we send her off,” shared President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D.,’71 (Hamden).
Four send-off celebrations were held in Sr. Maureen’s honor and the establishment of a scholarship to acknowledge her many contributions to the Academy was announced at the most recent reception. The Sr. Maureen Flynn, ASCJ, ’81 Scholarship will be awarded annually to an incoming freshman who, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend Sacred Heart Academy. Alumnae, parents, and friends have been asked to consider making a gift to this scholarship.
A Warm Welcome to Sr. Kathleen Mary Coonan, ASCJ, ’76
Sr. Kathleen Mary Coonan, ASCJ, ’76, a native of Connecticut and a graduate of the Academy, has been named principal. Sister Kathleen Mary entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus after her high school graduation and professed final vows in 1984. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Duquesne University and a Master of Arts in administration and supervision from Manhattan College. Sr. Kathleen Mary begins her ministry as principal of Sacred Heart Academy with 36 years of experience in education both as teacher and administrator. She has taught on the elementary and secondary levels in Connecticut, Missouri, and Pennsylvania and served as assistant principal at Sacred Heart Academy from 2002-2006, principal of St. Raphael School in Bridgeport, and for the last 10 years principal of Cor Jesu Academy.
“Sister Kathleen Mary Coonan leads with a caring and kind heart, and seeks to inspire students to achieve their fullest potential. We warmly welcome Sr. Kathleen Mary to Sacred Heart Academy,” offered President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, ’71.