Sr. Agnes Christine Welscher, 79, Of Maryknoll, Educator In China And U.S.

OSSINING, N.Y. - Sister Agnes Christine Welscher, a native of Brooklyn, died April 12. She was 79.

Sr. Agnes Christine Welscher
Sr. Agnes Christine Welscher Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

Sr. Welscher was born July 16, 1934, in Brooklyn, to Joseph and Margaret Naeder Welscher. She entered Maryknoll at the Venard, Scranton, Pa., from Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Brooklyn, Sept. 2, 1952.

She was a 1975 graduate of Loyola University, Chicago, with an MA in education, she also earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Maryknoll Teachers College, Maryknoll, in 1960 and a certificate from the East Asian Pastoral Institute, Quezon City, Philippines, in 1970.  She was a 1952 graduate of Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School, Brooklyn.

Sr. Welscher’s first assignment was teaching first grade students at St. Therese School in Chicago’s Chinatown from 1960 to 1965. She was then sent to China, where she served as assistant principal of Maryknoll Convent School, Primary Section in Kowloontong from 1965 to 1967 and principal of a primary school in Chai Wan, from 1967 to 1970. She then returned to the United States, where she worked in the Promotion office at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll. She was then called back to St. Therese’s School in Chicago’s Chinatown where she again taught first grade from 1972 to 1975. In 1994, Sr. Welscher returned to the Maryknoll Sisters center, where she worked in supportive services from 1994 to 1995 and in outreach ministry, serving at local parishes and as a driver from 1995 to 2000, when she retired. Sr. Welscher is survived by her sister, Rose Connelly of Forest Hills.

A Vesper service will be held for Sr. Welscher Tuesday, April 15 at 4:15 p.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16. Both will be held in the Annunciation Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.  Burial will be in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery at Maryknoll.

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