Sister Mary Paul Hickey, a
Pittsburgh Sister of Mercy for
80 years, died on Wednesday,
January 16, 2019,
a t t h e C o n v e n t
o f Mercy in
Oakland. Born in
McKeesport, PA,
she was 97 years
old. Daughter of
John and Irene (Welsh) Hickey,
Sister Mary Paul entered the
Sisters of Mercy from St.
Peter's Parish, McKeesport in
1939 and made ?nal vows in
1944.   Sister Mary Paul earned
a bachelor's degree from
Mount Mercy College (now
Carlow University), a master's
in education administration
from Duquesne University and
a Ph.D. from Fordham
University. A gifted educator of
little children, she taught ?rst
and second grades at several
diocesan schools, and at Our
Lady of Mercy Academy. When
the Academy moved to a new
site in 1963, Sister Mary Paul
founded The Campus School
of Carlow University which
today includes Preschool,
Pre-K, Kindergarten and
Montessori preschool, and
grades 1-8, on the grounds of
Carlow University. Additionally,
she taught teachers as a
lecturer, professor, and chair
of the Department of
Education at Carlow,
introducing the Cadet program
for Catholic School teachers
and other innovative programs
that helped to make Carlow a
leader in education.   In the
1980's Sister Mary Paul moved
to Memphis, TN where she
served as executive director of
St. Peter Home for Children, a
residence for emotionally
disturbed and delinquent boys
and girls. She returned to
Pittsburgh in 1988 and served
in several positions at Carlow
University, including director
of residence, chair of the Child
Care Center, and executive
director of Children's
Programs, including The
Campus School. After
retirement in 2006, she
volunteered as the alumni
relations director for The
Campus School. Most recently,
she participated in the
ministry of prayer, and
maintained her connection to
the school through her
lunchtime conversation with
its current leaders.   Whatever
she did, Sister Mary Paul
brought intelligence,
compassionate understanding,
enthusiasm, and humor to her
service. Her love for the
education of children
generated a unique, practical
classroom approach such that
the children she taught and
teachers she formed do not
forget her. “She was ?rst of all
a teacher with extraordinary
management skills,” her
brother Tom remarked. “As a
teenager, she knew what she
wanted to be and do, and she
enjoyed 80 years of a life
dedicated to others. She
touched so many
lives.”   Preceded in death by
her parents; brothers,
Reverend John P. Hickey, Paul
S. Hickey; and sister, Loretta
Nee; Sister Mary Paul is
survived by a brother, Thomas
J. Hickey; nieces, nephews and
grandnieces and nephews.
Friends will be received Friday,
January 18, 2019, from 4 to 7
p.m. and Saturday, January 19,
2019, from 8-11 a.m. at the
Convent of Mercy, 3333 Fifth
Avenue followed by a funeral
Mass Saturday at 11 a.m. in
the Convent Chapel. Interment
will be in St. Xavier's
Cemetery, Latrobe, PA.
Arrangements entrusted to
Green?eld Avenue. In lieu of
?owers, donations may be
made to the Sisters of Mercy,
3333 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
15213, or to The Campus
School of Carlow University,
3333 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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PostedJanuary 18, 2019