Sister Alice McCoy, O.P. exemplifies the Dominican Mission of building community and inspiring compassion. After graduating from Caldwell College for Women in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and minor in Math, she began a career in teaching Chemistry. Soon after, she felt a call to embark on a new path of service. She earned a Masters of Divinity Degree from Immaculate Conception Seminary in 1975. After serving as Coordinator of Education of Health Ministries for the Archdiocese of Newark, Sr. Alice began serving as Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Jersey City in 1980.
As a lifelong resident of Jersey City, Sister Alice has a deep concern for the city’s most needy and vulnerable residents. She is one of the founders of Hudson Hospice for the terminally ill and she serves as director of Hudson Hospice Volunteers.
She began the Benincasa Project in Jersey City as a non-profit, faith based, non-denominational organization, which has provided more than $142,000 in rent and energy assistance to more than 175 families. Although the Benincasa Project closed its doors in 2018, Sr. Alice is grateful for what it was able to do for the community.
As Pastoral Associate for Social Ministries, Sister Alice and others helped establish Mary House: A Center for Concern, which hosts community meetings and provides consulting. Mary House at Our Lady of Sorrows helps those who experience an emergency need for food and clothing. The parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows and others support Sr. Alice’s endeavors through monetary donations and volunteerism to continue her ministry to those in need.
Sister Alice served as a member of the Caldwell University Board of Trustees from 1980-1983. In recognition of her service to the residents of Jersey City, Sr. Alice has received an honorary degree from St. Peter’s University, she was named a Woman of Achievement by the Jersey Journal and has been referred to as “The Mother Teresa of Jersey City”.