1 min readBy Published On: March 6th, 2023Categories: News5 Comments

Holy Moly!

If you grew up in South Boston, you might have had Sister Evelyn as a first-grade teacher at St. Brigid School (now South Boston Catholic Academy). She taught for decades and eventually retired to Kentucky a few years back. (She taught yours truly back in the 70s.) 

According to a post via SBCA on Instagram, Sister Evelyn celebrated her 108th birthday! Wow, 108!   Students made signs and birthday cards, which Fr. Casey hand-delivered to her in Kentucky. Some of the many notes and questions asked to Sr. Evelyn were, “What is your secret? Do you eat your vegetables?” “Wow, 108, that is a really BIG number,” and “What are you going to do today? I hope you’ll eat cake!”

Happy 108th Birthday, Sister Evelyn! Keep on keeping on!

One of our favorite photos of Sr. Evelyn captured by legendary Boston photographer Bill Brett back in 2014 and appears in his fifth book, Boston Irish.  Sr. Evelyn hand-made this beautiful outfit!



  1. Nicola Grealish March 6, 2023 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Hi! I’m a mom of 2 dancers at Woods school of Irish Dance. We are running an amazing raffle right now to get our girls to Nationals this Summer! Hoping you could share on your caught in Southie page!
    I can email you the flyer…it’s for Taylor Swift tickets!

  2. Irene Toomey March 6, 2023 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday SisterAlice Williams!
    Fond memories from 1st grade in 1956

    You taught an incredibly large class of girls well.
    Many thanks and well wishes to you!🎂🎉🎉

  3. Kathleen Lorina March 8, 2023 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Sister Alive Williams.

    I had Mrs.O’Brien for 1st grade in 1963, However I certainly remember you and have many fond memories of you at St. Brigid’s

    Thank you for your wonderful service to your students

    Best wishes

    Kathleen Grealish Lorina

  4. Alison Schirone March 9, 2023 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    As someone who works in Southie and owns a local yarn store, you have no idea how amazing I think Sister is–for her longevity, her knitting skills, and her commitment to service.

  5. Rev. Francis X. McGerity March 9, 2023 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    HAPPY BRITHDAY SISTER EVELYN!!! Recently I was with a group of priests. We were talking about our early childhood grammar school memories. I shared that my 2 First Grade Teachers were STILL alive. I am 70 and a Retired Priest. My Teachers were at NAZARETH SCHOOL SOUTHIE. 1958: Gr. 1 Boys: Sister Mary Luke AKA Sr. Angela Hicks and Gr 1 Girls: Sr Alice William: AKA Sr Evelyn Hurley ( BELLE OF SOUTHIE) both currently residing in Nazareth KY. The priests were shocked. They asked me what I thought about the reason for their longevity and I said ” I believe they were waitresses at the Last Supper.” A good time was had by all. Blessings to these dear Sisters!

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