Sister Ann Therese Connolly was the principal at Sacred Heart Elementary in Kingston, Mass., for 20 years, before retiring in 2011. Prior to that, her ministry throughout the years always focused on education. She served as an elementary school teacher for seven years, and then as principal of elementary schools for 40 years.
Sister Ann Therese entered religious life in 1960 from her home parish of St. Joseph, in Quincy, Mass. Of her decision to become a religious, she says, “It was Divine Providence that brought and accepted me into the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence. I found the Sisters to be prayerful, hard-working, and abounding in humor.”
Her 20 years as principal at Sacred Heart Elementary, Sister Ann Therese was an advocate for the children, always placing a central focus on the students’ needs and growth. She worked hard to encourage academic excellence, deepen faith development, build strong Catholic communities, and raise the awareness of students toward social justice and the needs of others, both locally and globally.