Sister Mary Fahy

Sister Mary Fahy

Tuesday, December 20th, 1938 - Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
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Sister Mary Fahy (Sister Marie Noel) died peacefully on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. She was born on December 20, 1938.
She was the daughter of the late Bernard Fahy Sr. and Geraldine Girard Fahy. Sister Mary Fahy is survived by her 3 brothers and their spouses; Timothy and Lynn Fahy, Gerard and Catherine Fahy and Christopher and Carolyn Fahy as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Bernard L.Fahy Jr.
She grew up in Rockville CT and attended St. Bernard School, where she first met the Sisters of Mercy. Inspired by their spirit of joy and service, she entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1958 and was a sister for 61 years.
She was a graduate of the Diocesan Teachers College, an affiliate of St. Joseph College (now) University, and received her master’s degree in counseling from Fairfield University, and a certificate from Institute for Spiritual Leadership, an affiliate of Loyola University in Chicago.
She taught in St. Mary School in Portland, St. Joseph School in Hartford, Mt. St. Joseph Academy in West Hartford, and St. Francis, New Haven, where she also served as Director of Religious Education.
She was the Pastoral Associate in Preston CT, Spiritual Director and Retreat Director at Mercy Center (now Mercy by the Sea) in Madison, CT, Associate Director in Wellsprings, an International Sabbatical Program for Christian Ministers in Glens Fall, NY, and Spiritual Director at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Belize City, Belize.
Upon her return from Belize, she pastored an Interfaith Community at The McAuley in West Hartford for 23 years until her retirement from there in 2016.
She continued her ministry in “listening to people’s sacred stories” and energy healing as a spiritual and retreat director.
She authored two books,The Tree That Survived the Winter and A Time for Leaving, which have been published in Spanish, Korean and Japanese. She has also written articles and plays which have been published in Today’s Parish and Religion Teachers’ Journal.
Among the many programs she has given during her career, she has especially enjoyed introducing people to the Enneagram, and its helpfulness in finding each person’s own path to spiritual transformation.
This gentle, compassionate, spiritual and creative woman will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched. A deep love and gratitude for Sister Mary Fahy will live on in our hearts.
Calling hours are Monday, December 16, 2019, from 11-1:30 p.m. at Saint Mary Home, 2021 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

Burial will follow immediately after Mass in Saint Mary Cemetery, West Hartford. Online condolences may be made at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, December 16th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:30pm
    Monday, December 16th, 2019 11:00am - 1:30pm
    St. Mary Home
    2021 Albany Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06117
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  • Service

    Monday, December 16th, 2019 |
    Monday, December 16th, 2019
    St. Mary Home
    2021 Albany Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06117
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    St. Mary Cemetery Sisters of Mercy
    Albany Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06117
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Lorraine D'Agostino

Posted at 11:58am
A friend emailed me yesterday, with Wisdom Retreat House's announcement of Mary's.
She was my spiritual director for a few years and I attended many of her programs. Her wisdom and listening spirit led me to healing and forgiveness. I will never forget her and I continue to be grateful for her presence in my life.
Lorraine D'Agostino

Fran Into

Posted at 03:03pm
So sorry to hear of Mary's passing and sorry that I wasn't able to visit her last year when I was up in CT. A wonderful sister-in-law - spending time with her was always like having been on a mini-retreat - she was a beautiful person to have known.

mary Ellen

Posted at 12:01am
Sister Fahy was a spectacular woman to talk with. She always had a smile when I saw her. So sorry to hear about her passing here. My condolences to her famiily and her Mercy family. Mary Ellen Z ( former dr office staff)

Monsignor James P Carini

Posted at 11:50am
I was saddened to learn of Sister Mary’s passing. My sincere condolences to her family and the Sisters of Mercy. She was a wonderful friend and colleague in the ministry. I benefited from her dedicated and creative ministry in Preston with Father Finnerty. I followed them as Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena. Sister Mary will be kept in my prayers and Masses. May she Rest In Peace.

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Posted at 08:39am
To my early childhood chum. You are a beautiful person who helped many people. Rest in truly deserve it.
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