Following are brief biographies on the Dominican Sisters of Hope who are currently residing in the Trenton Diocese.
Sister Delphine Croft, then Sister Marie Michael, received a master of divinity degree in pastoral ministry in Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington. She then taught in St. Joseph Elementary School, Toms River, from 1956 to 1958 before serving as a teacher and a principal in schools in New York and New Jersey, a director of religious education and working with the Archdiocese of Newark. She currently resides in Asbury Park.
Sister Margaret James Curtin served as an elementary school teacher in New York, North Carolina and New Jersey. She was engaged in parish work in St. Mary Parish, Middletown, from 1990 to 2002 and also taught in the parish school from 1990 to 1998. When Sister Margaret James first moved to Middletown, she made weekly visits to Riverview Hospital in Red Bank and led the Rosary for a group of her neighbors. While she is unable to visit the hospital now on a regular basis, she continues to act an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. She currently resides in Asbury Park.
Sister Jean Marie Darling began her teaching ministry in 1956 in St. Joseph School, Toms River, where she served until 1959. Her following teaching assignments took her to New York and North Carolina. Sister Jean Marie has served as a pastoral associate in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish (now part of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish), Avon, where she ministered to the elderly and homebound. She currently resides in Lawrenceville.
Sister Barbara Farley (formerly Sister Marie Celeste) taught throughout New Jersey. She also served as a director of religious education. She currently lives in Asbury Park.
Sister Patricia Flynn taught elementary school in New York and New Jersey including St. Joseph School, Toms River, and was principal in St. Mary School, Deal. She also served as the coordinator of Literary Volunteers of America. She currently resides in Asbury Park.
Sister Anne Gordon taught throughout New Jersey, working in social services for the Camden County Hospital, was unit supervisor for the American Institute of Mental Studies and was director of admissions at Mount Laurel Nursing Home. Sister Anne was a social worker in Ancora Psychiatric Hospital and a food service manager, teacher and cook in San Antonio, Tex. She was a teacher with the Independent Child Study Team at Trinity Episcopal Academy in Trenton, from 2003 to 2004. She served as a faculty assistant and substitute in Notre Dame High school, Lawrenceville. She currently lives in Hamilton.
Sister Patricia Jelly was a teacher, principal, prioress, councilor and a member of the Dominican Preaching Team which gave missions and retreats in several southern states, including West Virginia. In 1993, she began work as a community organizer, first for the Industrial Areas Foundation in Bergen County, Elizabeth, and Trenton, then for the Elizabeth Coalition to house the homeless. From 1999 to 2007, Sister Patricia was coordinator of community organizing at La Casa de Don Pedro, Newark. Since 2007, she has been lead organizer, while continuing to be a consultant with the Elizabeth Chapter. Sister Patricia served on several boards including Newark Master Working Group, the Coalition for Our Children Schools, Community Schools Resource Team, Boys and Girls Advisory Board, Lass Casa Ministry to the Cheyenne and Arapaho IndianBoard, Okla. She currently resides in Asbury Park.
Sister Arlene Oswald was a teacher, director of religious education, administrator and pastoral associate throughout New York and New Jersey. She currently lives in Asbury Park.
Sister Mary Anthony Schmittauer taught elementary education throughout New Jersey including St. Joseph School, Toms River, form 1969 to 1996. While at St. Joseph School, Sister Mary Anthony was also coordinator of religious education for St. Joseph Parish from 1992 to 1995. From 1996 to 2014, she served as church manager for St. Joseph Parish. Since 2014, Sister Mary Anthony has volunteered at Mary’s Place by the Sea, Ocean Grove.
Sister Marianne Watts taught English and elementary school throughout New York, North Carolina and New Jersey. She was regional coordinator of DARE, the Office of Substance Abuse for the Archdiocese of New York, training program administrator for the National Council on Alcoholism in New York and founder and administrator of Maxtrain (an alcoholism counselor training program) in New York. Since 2009, Sister Marianne has lived in Asbury Park and does evangelization work through writing and audio.
Sister Geraldine Schultz was a teacher in New Jersey, New York and Florida. She served as principal in North Carolina and in Port Reading. She currently lives in Lawrenceville.
Sister Margaret (Peggy) Devlin was a secretary, formation coordinator and teacher. She served as assistant superintendent of School Religious Education and associate vicar for religious for the Camden Diocese. She has also served as a supervisor for spiritual direction interns at Neumann University, Aston, Pa. She has started a parish MOPS group (mothers of preschoolers); a parish Helping Hands Program, and a parish food pantry. She currently resides in Marlton.
Sister Patricia Lally served as a teacher, vocation director and retreat facilitator. She served as a pastoral associate at St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, from 1996 to 2004. Sister Patricia was also a certified spiritual director. She served on retreat team for directed retreats in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. She currently lives in Wall.
Sister Jean Spena taught and coached various sports in St. Joseph School, Toms River, from 1971 to 2000. St. Joseph School recently named the gymnasium in her honor. She currently resides in Stratford.
Sister Barbara Barton was a career teacher and musician. In addition to school, she taught piano lessons. She currently lives in Asbury Park.
Sister Roberta Ann Bucci was a career teacher. She currently resides in Lawrenceville.
Sister Joan Coffey was a career teacher and principal. She currently lives in Lawrenceville.