Biography of Sr. Anne Cyril Delaney, SND, Professor of English

Sr. Anne Cyril Delaney, SND
Emmanuel College Professor of English (1952-1978)

Sr. Anne Cyril Delaney, SND was born Mary Genevieve Delaney on May 20, 1909 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Joseph and Ellen (Lawton) Delaney. She was the third of six children, her sister Margaret would become the Massachusetts Provincial for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from 1959 to 1964 under the religious name Sr. Eleanor Joseph Delaney, SND. Mary G. Delaney graduated from Emmanuel College in 1930 and then entered the Sisters of Notre Dame Congregation in 1932.Sr. Anne Cyril Delaney, SND, 1976-1977

Sr. Anne Cyril Delaney taught high school in Lawrence, Massachusetts and in Boston, Massachusetts between 1935 and 1951. She earned a Master’s of Arts Degree from Boston College in 1946 with her Master’s Thesis “The Christocentricity of Gerard Manley Hopkins.” Sr. Anne Cyril Delaney then went on to earn a PhD at Boston University in 1954 with her dissertation “Anagogical mirrors: reflections in the poetry of T.S. Eliot of the doctrine of Saint John of the Cross.” Sr. Anne Cyril Delaney taught at Emmanuel College for twenty-six (26) years starting in 1952 and retiring in 1978. While at Emmanuel she was Director of the College’s public relations program (starting in 1974) before being granted the rank of Professor Emeritus in 1978. In 1982, Sr. Anne Cyril Delaney lectured at Notre Dame Seishin University in Okayama, Japan. Sr. Anne Cyril Delaney died on Nov. 29, 1997.

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