The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

First principal of Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School laid to rest

Sister Mary Eleanor Dunning, OSF, age 89, of Clinton, Iowa, died Monday, May 30, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton. A Mass of the Christian burial was celebrated on Friday, June 3, 2011 at The Canticle, in Clinton Iowa.

Sister Eleanor joined the congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis in Clinton on September 6, 1941, and professed her final vows on August 12, 1947. Sister Eleanor’s 51 years of active ministry included both teaching and nursing.
Sister Eleanor Dunning, 1st principal,
Bishop Paul Leonard Hagarty,
Sister Marie deLourdes, and Sister Janine.

The year was 1960 during the month of August when the late Bishop Paul Leonard Hagarty opened the doors to Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School. The school started with a mere 29 pupils and three sister nuns from the congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis in Clinton, Iowa, who served as teachers. They were Sister Mary Eleanor, O.S.F., Principal, Sister Mary Francis, O.S.F. and Sister Mary Jeanine, O.S.F.

Most recently from 1987 until her retirement, Sister Mary Eleanor served in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas as a teacher and librarian at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School. She served as principal of the school until 1963. After having served at many schools, colleges and hospitals in the Iowa area she retired to The Canticle in 1999.
Sister Mary Eleanor Dunning,
Sister Mary Francis Burke,
Sister Mary Paul Hummer, &
Sister Mary Janine Bradford


Sunrise: February 25, 1922

Sunset: May 30, 2011

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