Sister Francis Piscatella, an East Williston resident and member of the Sisters of St. Dominic in Amityville, turned 110 years old April 20 to become the oldest nun in America.
She succeeded Vincent de Paul Hutton of Kentucky, who died in December at 111 years old, according to the Dominican Sister of Peace.
“I’d like to be the youngest,” Piscatella told the media during a special mass at St. Albert Chapel at Queen of Rosary Motherhouse in Amityville, according to ABC7, “But the years are there so I’ll have to accept them.”
Born in Central Islip on April 20, 1913, Piscatella has survived both world wars, the Great Depression, and now two worldwide health pandemics: Spanish flu and COVID-19.
Sister Piscatella’s life has not lacked adversity, starting with her left forearm being amputated when she was just 2 years old after a train accident, according to Newsday.
Piscatella joined the Dominicans in 1931 after being turned away from several other religious communities due to her disability. As a young nun, Piscatella earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at St. John’s University before becoming a grade school math teacher in Brooklyn.