In Memoriam - S. Miriam Cecile Lenehan, Ed.D.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of S. Miriam Cecile Lenehan, Ed.D.

While at Molloy, S. Miriam served many years as Chairperson of the Music Department and played the piano and organ for numerous College functions. Her work-teaching piano to adult beginners made her the A picture of S. Miriam Cecile Lenehanfocus of an article in the New York Times. Not content to rest on these accolades, she earned her doctoral degree at age 60, studying the effects of "learning-style interventions" on collegiate learners. S. Miriam was a pillar of music and teaching excellence at Molloy. She was personally responsible for the genesis of the Music Education program, designing many aspects of the supervision process for both Music and Art education majors. With her tireless energy and fearless point of view, Dr. Lenehan was an inspiration to those who taught alongside her and those who learned from her. Her valiant approach to all that life had to offer was perhaps best illustrated when she suffered a stroke in the winter of 2008. Her verve and joy for life helped her bounce back from that tragedy in a way that was truly "miraculous." She taught at Molloy until 2012.

S. Miriam was also extremely dedicated to her Irish roots. Working with S. Janet Fitzgerald for over 20 years, they would make sure that Molloy College was an impressive marching unit at the annual New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, and they were reportedly the first to jump in for the Irish dancing at the annual Grand Marshal dinner. It is a legacy that remains part of the fabric of the College today.

Wake and funeral arrangements are as follows:


Friday, December 29 at 2 p.m. with prayers at 3 p.m. After prayer, the visitation continues until 7 p.m. in St. Albert's Chapel, Queen of the Rosary Convent, Amityville.

Funeral Mass:

Saturday, December 30 in St. Albert's Chapel.
Morning Prayer at 10:10 a.m. followed by the Mass of Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the cemetery.

Please keep S. Miriam, the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, and S. Miriam's family in your prayers.

Honor Guard Information:

As is our custom at Molloy, we would like to have an Honor Guard at Sister Miriam's funeral Mass. If you wish to take part in the Honor Guard, please wear your academic attire. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide academic attire since the College is closed for the Christmas holiday. However, if you own your academic attire and have it stored in your office, please contact Public Safety's call Command Center at 516.323.3500, and they will meet you at your requested location to open the door.

Those wishing to be in the Honor Guard will meet in the hall outside of St. Albert's Chapel at the Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse at 10 a.m. If your schedules permit, I hope you will be able to join us.

Directions to Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse:

555 Albany Avenue
Amityville, NY 11701.

Take Southern State Parkway to Exit 33. At the top of the ramp, make a right turn onto Cpl. Tony Casamento Highway. Go straight for about 1/2 mile to the traffic light.Make a right turn at the light onto Albany Avenue and drive about 4/10 of a mile. Turn left at 555 Albany Ave.

Honor Guard Directions:

Form two parallel lines in the vestibule. Maureen Sanz and Barbara Schmidt will be there to answer any questions you might have and will let you know who will lead and who will be the last person in the line.

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