DOROTHY MAE MOONEN

MOONEN

Dorothy Mae MOONAN: (in religion, a.k.a. Sister Mary Dorothy), Sister of St. Ann, died suddenly of a stroke June 10, 2004 a few weeks before her 75th birthday. Born in Vernon, B.C. Dorothy was the oldest of 3 children born to Theodore and Mary Moonen. The family moved to Nanaimo where Dorothy attended high school at St. Ann’s Convent. Gifted in music Dorothy received her LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal School of Music, London) in 1948, a year after her graduation. Responding to her heart’s call and inspired by her music teacher, Sister Josephine Marie, Dorothy chose to interrupt her music studies and to enter the Sisters of St. Ann in Victoria in 1949. After taking vows Dorothy found multiple ways to share her musical gifts through teaching piano and music theory to private students, through choirs, music classes and concerts in schools in Kamloops, New Westminster, Prince George, Victoria and Vancouver. She also served as directress of music in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kamloops from 1951 to 1953. Within the community Dorothy was well loved and respected. She served as Superior of Little Flower Academy from 1978 to 1980 and at Mount St. Angela in Victoria from1986 to 1992 For the last ten years of her life Dorothy played an indispensable role as province secretary, always relating in a warm and gracious way to the many people and organizations connected to the Sisters of St. Ann. Dorothy received a BA from Seattle University and a MA from Manhattanville College, N.Y. . She is predeceased by her two brothers, Donald and Douglas. A prayer service will be held at St. Ann’s Residence, 2474 Arbutus Road, Victoria on Monday, June 14th at 7:00 pm. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in the chapel of St. Ann’s Residence on Tues. June 15th at 10:00 a.m. Following the service, interment will take place at Hatley Memorial Gardens, Colwood. Dorothy will be greatly missed by the members of her religious community, her sister-in-law, her niece, cousins, the staff at the Administration Centre, former students, and many friends. SANDS of VICTORIA 250-388-5155