Sister Louise Synan, O.P.

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — Sister Louise Synan, O.P. (Sister Mary Patricia) of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, died on June 4 at the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence in Newburgh, N.Y. She was 83 years old. 

The daughter of the late William E. and Louise D. McNerney Synan, she was born June 14, 1931 in Fall River.

Sister Louise entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Fall River, in December 1951, made her First Profession in August 1954, and Final Profession in August 1957. Sister Louise earned her BA in English and history from the College of the Sacred Heart, Fall River, and her MS in guidance from Bridgewater State Teachers’ College.

Sister Louise began her ministry years as an elementary teacher in 1954 at Dominican Academy in Fall River. She moved on to New Haven, Conn., where she taught at St. Bernadette School from 1957-60; then to Plattsburgh, N.Y., where she taught at St. Peter’s School from 1960-63. Returning to Dominican Academy in Fall River, she taught there until 1973 until she assumed the role of principal, which she held until 1986. In the fall of 1986, she accepted a teaching position at Coyle & Cassidy High School and accepted a position in the same school as guidance counselor. In 1996 she returned once again to Dominican Academy as guidance counselor for one year and then as principal until the academy closed in June 1999. Between 1970 and 1992, Sister Louise also served on the leadership team of the Dominican Sisters. She was a representative of the Dominican Sisters of Hope on the Dominican Academy Alumnae Board. She was Secretary for Admissions at Coyle & Cassidy High School in Taunton (2000-2003) and personal care and religious lifestyle coordinator for the Dominican Sisters infirmary (2003-2005). She volunteered at San Miguel Academy, Newburgh, N.Y. in her retirement.

In addition to the members of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, Sister Louise is survived by Elaine Lorenzo (sister-in-law) of Westerly, R.I., and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents and three brothers, Edward D., Owen J. and William E. Synan.

A Mass of Christian burial was June 2 at the chapel in the Dominican Center on the campus of Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. Burial followed at the Dominican Sisters’ Cemetery at Mt. St. Mary College.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Brooks Funeral Home at 481 Gidney Avenue, Newburgh, N.Y.

Donations in Sister Louise’s memory can be made to The Dominican Sisters of Hope, Development Office, 299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, N.Y., 10562-2327. 

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