Welcome to St John Villa Academy


Sr. Ann Marie Damiani '58, C.S.JB.
12/2/40 - 8/17/18

Sr. Ann Marie was born and raised in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. Sister attended and is a graduate of Our Lady of Angels Elementary School, St. John Villa Academy High School, Class of 1958, Fordham University and Hunter College.

Upon being graduated from St. John Villa Academy, Sister entered the Congregation of Sisters of St. John the Baptist on August 15, 1958 and made her profession of vows on July 4, 1960. Sister was then assigned to teach at St. Dominic Elementary School in the Bronx from 1960-1968; St. John Villa Academy from 1968-1977 and also served as Villa Convent Superior and Vocation Director from 1968-1971; Mt. St. John Academy from 1977-1985. Sister was then assigned the position of Dean of Students at St. John Villa Academy from 1985-1997 and returned to teaching at St. Dominic Elementary School from 1997-1999. Sister served as Provincial Secretary of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist from 1999-2007. From 2008-2011 Sister was assigned to Our Lady of Providence Convent and worked as Pastoral Associate at St. Vincent de Paul Convent in Stirling, NJ. From 2011-2014 Sister served as the Superior at Providence Rest Convent in the Bronx after which time she returned to St. John Villa Academy and began her present ministry of caring for the various spiritual needs of the elderly and homebound parishioners of Holy Rosary Parish.

Sr. Ann Marie always felt that it was an honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to have served in each of these ministries as she lived out the words of St. Alfonso Maria Fusco: “I wish that even my shadow might do good.”

She is survived by her dedicated family. Her sister Joan Regan and her brother- in- law James, her nephews. Marc and his wife Camille, Matthew and his wife Susan along with their children Katie and Matthew Jr. Also, many faithful friends and her loving community The Sisters of St. John the Baptist.

Friends may visit at:
Martin Hughes Funeral Home
530 Narrows Road South
Staten Island, New York

Sunday, August 19th 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday: August 20th 3:00 PM -7:00 PM
Mass of Christian burial: Tuesday, August 21st at St. John Villa Convent Chapel - 10:00 AM

The family has request that in lieu of Flowers that donations be made to the Sisters of St. John the Baptist Retirement Fund.

Dear Students, Parents, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends of St John Villa Academy

We, the Sisters of St. John the Baptist, have sadly announced the closure of its schools, St. John Villa Academy High School and St John Villa Academy Elementary School as of June 2018.

We are aware that many people were stunned and shocked by this news and offering all kinds of solutions to preserving the schools.

Three fundamental reasons were given for this closure:

• The diminishment of our Sister personnel to staff the schools.
• The changing demographics of Staten Island which is causing a decline of enrollment in our schools.
• The continual investment in aging buildings and infrastructure.

We have arranged meetings with you to explain more fully these 3 major reasons for the closure. On behalf of the Sisters, I hope you will be present to hear our part of the story so that you may fully understand the need for our decision.

As People of Faith we read in the Scriptures:

“There is an appointed time for everything and
a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to be born and a time to die,
A time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to weep, and a time to build.
A time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to be silent and a time to speak…”

We, the Sisters, are grateful for the Lord’s blessings over these 94 years of service to the children and youth of Staten Island. We continue to trust in God, believing that all the good done at Villa cannot be undone but will continue through each of you, to bear fruit into the future.


Sr. Claudette Jaszczynski, C.S.JB & Sisters
Provincial Superior

Urgent letter to all SJVA School Families

Press Release