Born: Mary Barbara Flaherty on December 6, 1920
Died: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Daughter of John and Delia (Mannion) Flaherty of Roslindale, MA.
Sister Concilia Flaherty was received into the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse on August 15, 1941 and professed her final religious vows on August 16, 1948. For 76 years, Sister Concilia was devoted to the life and Mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany.
Sister attended grade school at St. Augustine, South Boston, MA, and St. Francis Xavier, Ronslindale, MA, and St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Jamaica Plain, MA. She graduated with a BS in Education from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, and received credits toward her Masters in Administration at St. Bonaventure, NY. She was certified in Administration for Long-Term Care Facilities in 1971. In 1978, Sister Concilia was named Northern Rhode Island CYO’s Woman of the Year.
For many years, Sister ministered in the field of education as a teacher at Holy Cross, Bronx, and Good Counsel, Rochester. She was both teacher and principal at St. John School, Olean, and St. Ann School, Ossining, NY. She also served as assistant principal and library assistant at St. Patrick School, Catskill, NY. For three years, Sister Concilia was Councilor/Secretary/Treasurer of Holy Trinity Province of the Congregation and later was secretary in the congregational office in Allegany, NY. She ministered as the administrator of St. Francis House, Woonsocket, RI. Before retiring to St. Raphael Convent, West Medford, MA, in 2000, she was the case manage at St. Joseph’s Villa, Catskill, NY. After 69 years of active ministry, Sister Concilia was welcomed home to retire at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in 2009.
Sister Concilia is predeceased by her parents, John and Delia, her brother John, her sisters Evelyn Bechtel and Theresa Woodsome, and her cousin, Sister M. Dorothea, OSF. She is survived by her brother, Francis X, and several nieces and nephews.
A Wake Service is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 6:30 PM in the Chapel at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany, NY. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, February 23, at 10:30 AM in the Chapel of St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, followed by burial in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, NY.
The funeral arrangements are under the direction of Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc. 646 East State Street, Olean, NY.