A news bulletin from the Facebook page of the Sisters of St. Dominic in Amityville:
Our very own Sister Francis Dominici Piscatella turns 110 years old on April 20, 2023! That’s right — 110 YEARS OLD! She is now the oldest Religious Sister in the United States.
There will be a special Mass on April 20th at the Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse in Amityville. It will be followed by a luncheon for friends and family. She will also be interviewed by various members of the media as well as given a special citation!
“As our Religious Congregation celebrates its 170th anniversary, it is remarkable to note that Sr. Francis has served as a sister for more than half of our history,” said Peggy McVetty, Prioress of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville.
Sister Francis taught in many local elementary schools as well as serving 17 years in Dominican Commercial High School in Queens. For 52 years, she worked at Molloy University in Rockville Centre, teaching and then serving in the Finance Office. She retired at 84 years old.
She currently lives in her home in East Williston with fellow Amityville Dominican Sister Francis Daniel Kammer, who was her student. Sister Francis Piscatella sponsored her when she joined the Congregation.
“Sister Francis represents the living story of our congregation,” said Prioress Sister Peggy McVetty. “We are humbled and blessed by her life of constant prayer, meaningful relationships, selfless giving, and tenacious spirit!”
To help celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Congregation, the Sisters have installed a special exhibit on the first-floor hallways of the Motherhouse entitled “Alive in Joy and Hope: Where Past Meets Present and Becomes Now.”
Ad multos annos! Happy birthday!
Picture: Best buddies! Sister Francis Kammer (left) and Sister Francis Dominici Piscatella (right)