For 37 years Sr. Virginia Cleary, SSJ was a part of our regional school and parish community. Sister spent most of her days here as a first grade teacher, forming and influencing countless young lives. In her later years, she cooked for the sisters at the convent, keeping a clean, very organized kitchen. Sister recently celebrated her 85th birthday.
Most mornings, since I arrived here as pastor two years ago, I would look out from the altar at Mass time and Sister would be seated to my left, quietly saying her prayers. That practice continued up until several months ago when she began to feel ill. Sister quietly battled cancer for the last few months, residing most recently at St. Joseph Villa in Flourtown, Pennsylvania.
A viewing and Mass of Christian Burial took place this past Friday at St. Joseph Villa where Sister was interred in the Villa cemetery.
Realizing that many parishioners could not be present for Sister’s funeral, I will celebrate a Memorial Mass for Sister on Monday, July 1st at 7 PM in the Church. Please try to attend to pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Virginia. After so many years of dedicated service to our school and parish community, this is one small way to say “thank you” for all she has done.
The Sisters of St. Joseph request any donations be made in Sister’s name to St. Joseph Villa, 110 W. Wissahickon Ave., Flourtown, PA 19031.
May she rest in peace.
Fr. Ed Namiotka