Sister Regina (Mary Richard) Whalen

Sister Regina Whalen was born in Dorchester, Mass., one of five children of parents Richard and Mary (Sheehan) Whalen. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1950, taking the name Sister Mary Richard.

Sister Regina earned a bachelor's degree in history and English from Emmanuel College, a master's of education degree in guidance and child psychology from Boston College, a master's in sacred science/theology from St. Bonaventure College, and a master's in Spirituality from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology.

Sister Regina's Ministries


1953-56 St. Mark Granunar School, Dorchester, Mass.
1956-57 Assumption School, Westport, Conn.
1958-62 St. John School, Peabody, Mass.
1963-64 Boston College, Boston, Mass. – Teaching Fellowship
1964-65 St. John School, Wellesley Hills, Mass. (Principal)
1966-72 Notre Dame Montessori School, Milton, Mass. (Director)

Pastoral Ministry/Spiritual Direction

1973-75 Campus Ministry in Orono, Maine
1976-81 Center for Spiritual Direction, Springfield, Mass.
Hyde Park, Mass.
1982-86 St. Augustine Parish, Lawrence, MA -Pastoral Ministry- Spiritual Director within and beyond parish
1996-2002 Pastoral Associate at St. Patrick- St. Anthony Church, Hartford, Conn.
2003 Retreats, Workshops, Adult Faith Formation; Volunteer at Notre Dame High School & NDEC Lawrence, Mass.
2009-10-Present Adult Faith Formation


1981-82 Assistant Physical Therapist at Village Manor Nursing Home, Hyde Park, Mass.
1990-94 Cross Cultural Training Services, Maryknoll, N.Y.


  1. My sister Anne Lindert asked if Str Regina ever visits St Patrick St Anthony.

    So I thought I would check on here whereabouts.
    Congratulations on 70 years of loving service.

    1. Hello Barbara, Thank you for thinking of Sister Regina, I will make sure she received your message and email address.
      Linda Micciche,
      For the Sisters

  2. Sister Mary Richard was my first grade teacher at Saint Marks in Dorchester in 1954. She was one of my most memorable teachers. Amazing discovery! A few years ago I was reintroduced to Catherine Griffiths through Sister Ann Malone who was a colleague at Laboure College. Catherine was our fourth grade teacher, Sister Catherine St. Andrew. I hope you are doing well In our somewhat alternate COVID universe right now….be well.

  3. I had three wonderful years working with and learning from Regina in the Maryknoll Program for Cross Cultural Training. The last time I visited with her was in 2014 or 15 when I went to stay with her for a couple nights in Peabody. I believe that her health has been declining as she has never responded to cards that I have sent her. Would she like to receive a Christmas card? And if so, what address should I use. Regina is a wonderful and inspirational woman! I miss her!

    1. Dear Sr. Susan,

      Thank you for your kind message to Sr. Regina. She is not currently using email, so my initial effort to inform her of your message wasn't successful, but I have now been assured that she will receive it via a staff member. I'm sure that she would love to receive a Christmas card. Sr. Regina's address is:
      Notre Dame du Lac
      555 Plantation Street
      Worcester, MA 01605-2376


      (for the Sisters)

  4. Regina and I go way back to St. Bonaventure days. We were both from the Boston area and in my college years I did some of my observation of teaching, in preparation for my student teaching with her at Montessori School. We have shared many great moments and am forever grateful for her friendship. She once gifted me with a San Damiano Crucifix, which I still treasure. One of my top ten favorite persons for her dedication, spirituality, and sensitivity!

    1. What a wonderful tribute to Sister Regina, Robert! Thank you on her behalf, and on behalf of all the Sisters.

      (for the Sisters)

  5. Regina helped console me in 1996 the loss of my mother and her friend at St Anthony-Patrick Regina Camp. I have a book that she gave my mother which she read Wisdom and Wonderment. I am very grateful for her beautiful friendship with my mother especially when she was dying in a month. My sister Nancy and I have been trying to find her and Thank her as she was very instrumental to our mother and her consoling us in our grief. I have fond memories of how my mother loved spending time with her the "2 " Regina's so devoted and loving to God authentically. Please let us know if she can have visitors or phone calls as I know I'd love to speak with her.

  6. Dear Sister Regina – I was a young mother trying to balance all of life. I was active in the St Patrick-St Antony parish in Hartford inspired by their Open Hearts, Open Doors, Open Minds philosophy. My mother-in-law came to visit and led a bible study/workshop at my house with Regina. It was very moving. I also recall baking bread and delivering to those in need around the holidays. Regina was always the most gracious and kind. We lost track of each other – but hey, my kids are grown up and doing great, Brian and I have lived in Asia and now Europe and we are truly blessed. We still keep up with Father Frank who married us. God Bless.

    1. Thanks for your kind message to Sister Regina, Debbie! I've sent it on to her.

      (for the Sisters)

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