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image of a compass The Passing of a Trailblazer:
Sister Constance Casey, snjm

We were sad to learn that Trailblazer Sister Constance Casey passed away on March 14, 2012. The Women's Fund named Sister Connie a Trailblazer in 2008 in recognition of her efforts to help young women, including through her many years of leadership at the Academy for the Holy Names.

Sister Connie devoted her professional life to providing quality education for young women and to seeking ways to extend this educational opportunity to the poor and economically disadvantaged. She was a member of the religious congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Photo of Sr. Constance Casey, snjm Sister Connie began her teaching career in elementary schools in Winchester, Virginia and Liverpool, New York. In 1969, Sister Connie became an administrator, first as principal of the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, Florida, then as principal of the Academy of the Holy Names in Albany. She retired in 2009 serving as President there.

In her thirty-two years at the Academy for the Holy Names in Albany, Sister Connie provided charismatic leadership in the mission of educating young women for leadership, academic excellence, character and faith development and service to others.

In her remarks at the 2008 Trailblazers Lunch, Sister Connie described a trailblazer as a person who marks a trail through the wilderness. She said she believed she had been doing just the ordinary callings of life and responding to the needs she saw.

While she called it "ordinary," we call it "extraordinary". Thank you again, Sister Connie, for all you accomplished.

You can read her complete obituary here.