Helen M. Feeney (1919-2004)
First woman in New England and one of the first nationwide to serve as chancellor of an archdiocese (Inducted 1995)
Helen M. Feeney was born in Stamford, and discovered her religious vocation while a student at Sacred Heart Academy. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent in 1937 and took her vows in 1939, officially becoming Sister Helen Margaret. In 1978, she became the first female assistant superintendent for the Hartford archdiocese schools. In 1986, Archbishop John F. Whealon appointed Sister Helen Margaret to be the first woman Chancellor of the Archdiocese, the highest position in the Roman Catholic Church open to women. In 1993, Pope John Paul II awarded her the highest honor for service to the Church, the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice and the following year she received the Distinguished Catholic Woman Award. Sacred Heart Academy, now The Stanwich School, is located at 200 Strawberry Hill Avenue in Stamford.
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