New Windsor Sister Ann Daly Grand Marshall

Sister Ann Daly of the New Windsor, New York, congregation was proud to be the 40th Grand Marshall at the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in Goshen, New York, on March 13, 2016. Sister Ann has lived and worked in the Goshen area for 52 years. She was born in Astoria, Queens, and her mother was from Carrickmacross, County Monaghan. Her father came from Iniskeen, County Monaghan. Sister Ann attended St. Michael’s Academy in New York City, where she met the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She entered the convent more than 50 years ago and started teaching in 1961.

Sister Ann came to Goshen in 1963 and taught third grade at St. John’s until 1971. At that point, she became director of religious education and remained as director through 1981. She became executive director of Hospice Planning and Educational Foundation of Orange, Inc. in 1982 and coordinator of spiritual care in 1988. She still works in spiritual care.

The mission of hospice is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to patients from life-limiting diseases, as well as provide bereavement support programs to their families. Hospice serves more than 1,000 patients throughout the region each year.

Sister Ann was voted Irish Woman of the Year in 1998 by the Irish Heritage Festival Committee. She has been the chaplain of Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 5, since 2009.

“It has been great to see the growth here in Orange County of our Irish roots through the Irish Heritage Festival and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee,” Sister Ann said.