Diocese of Rockville Centre


Water Mill — 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.

“She was so well loved,” said Sister of Mercy Sheila Browne, who lived with Sister Jackie at the Mercy First Convent in Syosset. “She had such a great sense of humor and such great kindness.”

“Sister Jackie was a real leader in the parish, intimately involved in every aspect of parish life,” said Deacon Jim Murphy of St. Edward’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.

“The Sisters of the Mid-Atlantic Community are heartbroken and devastated,” said Debbi Della Porta, director of communications. “We ask you to join us in prayer during this difficult time as we mourn the death of this vibrant Sister of Mercy.”

"We pray for Jackie, the Sisters of Mercy and all at St. Edward’s,” said Franciscan Brother James McVeigh, diocesan co-vicar for religious.

“She will be missed by all, especially the children,” Deacon Murphy said. “As a Sister of Mercy, Sister Jackie would want to offer mercy to whoever was responsible for her death.”

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. John’s University.