Sister Dorothy Cotterell (Stephen Dolores), S.U.S.C.

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Sister Dorothy Cotterell (Sister Stephen Dolores), S.U.S.C., died at Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River on July 19 at the age of 92. A native of Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late James and Mary (Ryan) Cotterell. In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews survive her. Her sisters, Mary V. Cotterell Mohler and Leontine Cotterell Whiting and brothers John and Ryan Cotterell predeceased her. 

Sister Dorothy entered the Holy Union Sisters in Fall River in 1941 and pronounced her final vows on Aug. 22, 1949. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Manhattan College, a master of arts degree from Villanova University and a master of Divinity degree from Andover-Newton Theological School. 

Sister Dorothy’s early ministries included teaching and administration in elementary schools staffed by the Holy Union Sisters in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. She was superior and principal of the former Immaculate Conception School, Taunton and headed the guidance department at the former Sacred Hearts Academy, Fall River. She was director of novices for the Fall River Province of the Holy Union Sisters. In 1976 she became chaplain and supervised clinical pastoral education students at the former Union-Truesdale Hospital. Sister Dorothy was associate director of Clinical Pastoral Education at interfaith Health Care Ministries in Providence, R.I. for 20 years and was a nationally-certified supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education. She also trained as a Spiritual director and was an active member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. From 1985-1992 she served on the national board of that organization’s Commission on Certification and Accreditation. 

In 1997 she began part-time ministry as a pastoral counselor and supervised chaplaincy students at St. Anne Hospital, Fall River and Hospice chaplains at Caritas Hospital, Norwood and the Visiting Nurses’ Association in Fall River. While residing at Edgewood Apartments in Westport, she prepared and led memorial services for deceased residents. She retired and joined the Holy Union Community at The Landmark, Fall River in 2013. When her health declined she moved to Catholic Memorial Home in January 2015.

Her funeral took place at Catholic Memorial Home. Burial was at St. Patrick Cemetery, Fall River. Funeral arrangements were by Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home, Fall River.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Holy Union Sisters’ Mission Advancement Office, P.O. Box 410, Milton, Mass., 02186-0006.

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