Sister Kyran Hennessy, 86, longtime teacher, principal

October 17, 2002

Sister Kyran Hennessy, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and former educator in Baltimore Catholic schools, died Sunday of undetermined causes at Assisi House in Aston, Pa. She was 86.

Sister Kyran was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, and after immigrating to the United States, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis congregation in 1932 -- professing her vows three years later. She earned a master's degree in education from Catholic University of America in Washington.

Over a span of 56 years, she served as teacher and principal in Baltimore, Washington, Bethesda and Spartanburg, S.C. She was also a housemother on the St. Patrick Indian Mission in Anadarko, Okla.

Her 15 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore included teaching positions at St. Anthony's and St. Elizabeth schools in the 1930s and 1940s, and the old St. Lawrence School in Woodlawn in the 1970s. She also taught at St. Joseph's School in Fullerton in the early 1960s, and returned as principal from 1967 to 1969.

In 1995, she moved to Assisi House, where she remained until her death.

Her hobbies included reading, music and embroidery. She said she felt privileged to have been exposed to many people of different nationalities.

Services were held yesterday.

Sister Kyran is survived by two sisters, Sister Eileen Hennessy of Langhorne, Pa., and Frances Wallace of Ireland; and three brothers, Joseph Hennessy and Kevin Hennessy, both of Philadelphia, and Eamon Hennessy of Ireland.

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