Water Mill â€” As The Long Island Catholic went to press, Sister of Mercy Jackie Walsh, 59, was reported killed Monday night in a hit-and-run accident.
A pastoral associate of St. Edward the Confessor Church, Syosset, Sister Jackie was on retreat at Mercy Villa here when she was struck by a car while out on a walk. Police are investigating.
â€śShe was so well loved,â€ť said Sister of Mercy Sheila Browne, who lived with Sister Jackie at the Mercy First Convent in Syosset. â€śShe had such a great sense of humor and such great kindness.â€ť
â€śSister Jackie was a real leader in the parish, intimately involved in every aspect of parish life,â€ť said Deacon Jim Murphy of St. Edwardâ€™s, where she served for nine years. Sister Jackie previously served as a theology teacher and later campus minister at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Syosset, for almost a decade, and for six years was a youth minister at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Hicksville.
â€śThe Sisters of the Mid-Atlantic Community are heartbroken and devastated,â€ť said Debbi Della Porta, director of communications. â€śWe ask you to join us in prayer during this difficult time as we mourn the death of this vibrant Sister of Mercy.â€ť
"We pray for Jackie, the Sisters of Mercy and all at St. Edwardâ€™s,â€ť said Franciscan Brother James McVeigh, diocesan co-vicar for religious.
â€śShe will be missed by all, especially the children,â€ť Deacon Murphy said. â€śAs a Sister of Mercy, Sister Jackie would want to offer mercy to whoever was responsible for her death.â€ť
A native of Brooklyn, Sister Jackie graduated from Our Lady of Mercy and Springfield College and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1981 from Hicksville. She also earned a master of arts degree in theology from St. Johnâ€™s University.