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Sparkill Dominicans
Catholic Charities honors Sister Anne Foley

Sparkill Dominican Sister Anne Foley was the recipient of a Meritorious Service Award at a recent convening of the Federation of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. The award was presented by Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

Sister Anne has served as program director at Thorpe Village, a 200-unit federally subsidized apartment complex for low income seniors, located in Sparkill, New York, for the past 20 years. In her role, she coordinates a variety of social, recreational, spiritual, and health maintenance programs and provides a link for the residents to available community-based services.

Planning parties, arranging liturgical events, scheduling transportation for shopping, Sunday Mass and flu shots, providing information on Medicare changes, are just a few of the activities that fill Sister Anne’s days and have earned her the title of Thorpe Village’s “Energizer Bunny.”

With Sister Foley’s leadership and encouragement, Thorpe Village residents are active in the outside community, providing groceries to local food pantries; socks and gloves for Midnight Runs to NYC homeless; raise funds for a burned out Native American school in Montana, Haiti hurricane relief, and local volunteer organizations. (A yearly craft fair has raised over $90,000 for the local volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps).

Before her move to Thorpe Village, Sister Anne was a parish associate at Our Lady of the Scapular Church in Lower Manhattan where she directed the parish’s Religious Education and senior citizen programs and coordinated the East Midtown Food Pantry and Sandwich Program. From 1961 to 1974 she was a missionary in the Multan Diocese in Pakistan where she trained and supervised teachers for schools in rural areas; directed a Sewing and Adult Education Center, and a boarding hostel for young girls.