Sister John Kevin McNulty OSF

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ALLEGANY - Sister John Kevin died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2018) at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse.

She was born Kathleen McNulty on April 3, 1920, in Andover, Mass. She was the daughter of Francis Joseph and Mary O'Hare McNulty, of St Petersburg, Fla.

Sister John Kevin was received into the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, on Aug. 15, 1939, and professed her final religious vows on Aug. 16, 1946. Sister devoted herself to the life and mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany for 80 years.

She attended Roser Park and St. Paul Elementary/High Schools in St. Petersburg, graduating in 1938. After entrance into the Congregation, she began her pursuit for education in the field of healthcare. She earned her B.S. in chemistry from Barry College in Miami, Fla., and her M.S. in biology, from the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., in 1955. Sister received her master degree in hospital administration, from St. Louis University, in St. Louis, Mo.

Sister began her ministry at St. Mary Hospital, in West Palm Beach, Fla., as a lab technician for 20 years. In 1964, she was named the administrator of St. Clare Hospital in New York City, and remained in that position for 12 years. Sr. John Kevin returned to Florida in 1976, and assumed leadership for the U.S. Southern portion of the congregation for eight years. For the next nine years, Sister coordinated various outreach ministries in the Tampa Bay, Fla. area. From 1993 to 1996, she accepted a position with the Palm Beach, Fla. Diocese as vicar for Religious & Diocesan Director of Religious Vocations. Sister semi-retired from active ministry, in 1999, at St. Elizabeth Convent in Tampa, Fla., and returned to St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in 2015, where in her retirement, she volunteered as assistant to the archivist.

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Patricia McNulty; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Sister John Kevin is predeceased by her parents; a brother, Reverend Msgr. John P McNulty; and a sister, Bernardine Rickling.

A Wake Service is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 9, 2018) in the Chapel at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday (Dec. 10, 2018) in the Chapel of St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, followed by burial in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.

The funeral arrangements are under the direction of Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean.

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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Dec. 8, 2018