Sister Adrienne (Marie Adrienne) Curran

'Talk much to our Lord in peace and calm."
-St Julie Billiart

I grew up in East Boston, which used to be called Noodle's Island before my time. It was surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean–our own swimming hole!—and the Chelsea Creek, which was a docking place for oil tankers. My parents were first generation Irish of Galway and Donegal heritage. I had an older brother John/Jack and a younger brother James/Jim and an older sister Anne Marie. Music was definitely an important part of our life and we all had piano lessons.

I belonged to St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, where I was baptized, received First Holy Communion and was confirmed, and where I was educated by the Sisters of Mercy at St. Mary Star of the Sea Grammar School. I received my secondary education at Fitton Central High School, which was an all-girls' high school in another parish in East Boston and there I was educated by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

I entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur on August 1, 1951 at Waltham, Massachusetts. In answer to the question, "Why did I enter Notre Dame?"—especially when I had three relatives with the Sisters of Mercy—the answer is that I felt that Notre Dame asked for a greater sacrifice as well as an opportunity for foreign missionary work. And I admired my teachers and recognized their desire to teach us.

My first mission was to be a third grade teacher at St. Michael School in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1954, and one of the best memories is of Sister Elizabeth O'Connor, who took me under her wings and became my mentor. She gave me a love for teaching. Sister Elizabeth is still very much alive and well and faithful at more than 100 years of age.

Basically, my ministry has involved education—teaching and administration—in four Dioceses (Manchester, Springfield, Fall River, and Boston, Mass.). I usually taught in the fields of chemistry and mathematics.. I have experience on all levels—primary, secondary and college—and I enjoyed every minute of teaching. I endorsed Aristotle's thought that the fate of empires depended on the education of youth.

I'm grateful for the education provided by Notre Dame, at Emmanuel College, Boston, graduate study at University of New Hampshire, and doctoral study at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

It was understood in the Province at the time. that after completing  Bachelor's and Master's degrees, each Sister would give some service to the Province during the summer months. There were several opportunities available at the time, and one was working at the "Lake" in Worcester. Mass., which was our Retirement/Nursing Home at the time.

For the next 20 summers I spent time working at "The Lake" caring for our Sisters. These were very special summers; it was a way of paying back/being grateful for the Sisters' sacrifice that provided so much for me.

Sister Adrienne's Ministries

1954-56 St. Michael Schoot Exeter, N.H.
1956-57 Sacred Heart School, Springfield, Mass.
1957-61 St. Mary High School, Waltham, Mass.
1961-66 Bishop Stang High Schoot North Dartmouth, Mass.
1966-77 Hudson Catholic High School, Hudson, Mass.
1977-79 St. Mary High Schoot Lawrence, Mass.
1979-82 Notre Dame Academy, Hingham, Mass.
1982-86 Sacred High School, Kingston, Mass.
1986-90 University of Massachusetts (Doctoral Program), Amherst, Mass.
1988-93 Diocesan School Office, Springfield, Mass.
1993-96 Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody, Mass.
1996-2003 Marian High School, Framingham, Mass.
2003-09 Notre Dame Academy, Hingham, Mass.
2009- Present Sacred Heart High School, Kingston, Mass.

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  1. You weren't very difficult to find.. You might be able to assist me if you would be so kind.I am on a committee with some former classmates planning our 45th class reunion from HCHS. It will be next year around Thanksgiving given the pandemic. I communicate mostly with Karin O'Connel and Mary Lou Kane. I had an idea I passed by them . I'm trying to locate some of the athletic memorabilia that we had over the years (banners, trophies, uniforms etc) to try and run a raffle so we could donate the money to a charity in the name of HC class of 1975. Problem is that with the school building gone and the parish administration relatively new, it is difficult to track these items down. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Hope you are well
    Best Regards
    Michael V.

    1. Hello Michael, and thank you for your message. I apologize for the delay in acknowledging it. I've sent your message to Sr. Adrienne, so you may be hearing from her.

      (For the Sisters)

  2. Hi Sr Adrienne
    My name is Ned Coen and graduated Hudson Catholic High in 1973 . I hope you are well !
    GOD does have a great sense of humor as my wife and I retired to a cape cod 55+ retirement community several years ago and we were at a function not too long ago and sat with a wonderful married couple and she was a Sister of Notre Dame and knows you as well!!! Would love to reconnect with you, sincerely, ned coen

    1. Hello Ned, and thank you for contacting Sister Adrienne. What a surprise it must have been to have someone in common with this former member of the congregation! I have forwarded Sister Adrienne your message and email address.

      (for the Sisters)

  3. Hello: this message is for Sister Marie Adrienne aka Sr Adrienne Curan.

    Dear SMA: wow it has been a long time since we corresponded and just came across your information, and picture—–you look terrific and congratulations on all your great accomplishments and contributions to education and other folks! Remember me? Graduated Stang class of 1966!

    I hope you can reply back via email or be glad to call you if you prefer—–I was going to try and call you but that appeared to be difficult. Hope to hear from you——-Kim

    1. Hello Kim, and thank you for your nice message to Sister Adrienne. I will forward it to her, along with your email address.

      (for the Sisters)

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