Sister Anne McVeigh died at Saint Joseph Villa on May 3, 2020. Faithful to the “zeal and ardent desire that directs and enlivens our ministries” – Constitutions of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Anne acknowledged “loving every mission on which she served and all the people with whom she worked.”
Born December 11, 1924, Anna Marie McVeigh was the second child of Peter and Mary Gallagher McVeigh, her Irish immigrant parents. Anne shared a happy childhood in Bayonne, New Jersey with four brothers and one sister Mary, whom she loved dearly throughout life. Members of Saint Andrew Parish, the siblings were close-knit. They prayed and sang together and avidly shared the events of the day. The McVeigh girls received public high school education. Having worked as a secretary during the throes of World War II, Anne finally embraced her true calling in 1946 when she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She was named Sister Terence Joseph after her brother Terence, a Jesuit.
Anne was a business teacher par excellence. She taught primarily in the secondary schools in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia and Newark which brought her back to her Bayonne roots. In later years her secretarial expertise was utilized in various office settings.
In addition to her service as an educator, Anne developed a proficiency as a photographer. Her artistry captured memorable McVeigh family traits and excursions as well as events she experienced while traveling or chaperoning on trips to Alaska, British Columbia, and several European countries. Her photographs were chosen for an exhibit by the Westfield, New Jersey Art Gallery, featuring the works of outstanding new artists. Noteworthy too was Anne’s steady, broadening interest in current world events which she maintained by daily reading the New York Times.
To have known Sister Anne McVeigh was to have been embraced with her innate beauty and contagious charm. Because she moved “always toward profound love of God and love of neighbor,” we rejoice that Sister Anne heralds God’s praise, God’s beauty, for all eternity.