Sister James Therese Downey taught at schools in Syracuse, Fulton, Oswego and East Syracuse, as well as schools in Camden and Clayton, New Jersey. Most recently, she served at Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School for 18 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal before becoming formation minister for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.

Sister James Therese passed away Jan. 14; her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 20 at Holy Family Church in Syracuse. Msgr. George Sheehan, former Bishop Grimes principal and Vicar for Catholic Educational Advancement, offered the homily, which is featured in the Syracuse Catholic Sun.