In Loving Remembrance

To remember is to celebrate. We remember with love each of these women, our sisters and friends, who died during the past year. We celebrate their lives and the example that they offered to the Sisters of Saint Joseph, their families, their friends, the church and the world.

These women embraced the call to “Let your life be a continuous act of love.” (Maxims of the Little Institute). They lived lives of faithfulness and commitment while they were with us, and we depend upon them now to continue to pray on our behalf.

May they rest in the arms of the loving God they so faithfully served!


In Loving Remembrance Posts


Sister Jane Marie McGettigan

Posted on: July 16th, 2014

July 5, 2014

Sister Jane Marie McGettigan died on July 5, 2014, and was buried on July 10, 2014, at Saint Joseph Villa. Jane was born to John and Sadie McGettigan and she grew up in St. Stephen’s Parish. When Jane was only three years old and her brother, Jimmy, … Read More >


Sister Mary Grace Rutter

Posted on: July 16th, 2014

June 26, 2014

Sister Mary Grace Rutter, a  beloved Sister of Saint Joseph for 74 years, died at Saint Joseph Villa on June 26, 2014. Her Mass of Christian Burial followed at the Villa on July 3.

 An only child, Sister Mary Grace, baptized Martha, was reared by her loving … Read More >


Sister Rita Ciabattoni

Posted on: July 16th, 2014

June 20, 2014

Sister Rita Ciabattoni died on June 20, 2014, and was buried on June 30, 2014, at Saint Joseph’s Villa. Sister Rita embodied the Preface of our Constitution by being a Sister of Saint Joseph who always moved toward profound love of God and neighbor. Sister Rita’s Italian … Read More >


Sister Miriam Magdala McDevitt

Posted on: July 16th, 2014

May 29, 2014

Sister Miriam Magdala died on May 29, 2014, and her funeral took place at Saint Joseph Villa. She was born Elizabeth Marie, and her spiritual life was nourished in many ways but especially by her parents who made sure that Elizabeth recognized authority. From the beginning of … Read More >


Sister Marie Charlotte McWilliams

Posted on: June 27th, 2014

June 6, 2014

Sister Marie Charlotte McWilliams, a beloved Sister of Saint Joseph for 58 years entered eternal life at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown on June 6, 2014.

Baptized Virginia Marie, Marie Charlotte became known and loved as Ginny, Aunt Ginny, and “Hermana Carlotta” by her students.  Her own young … Read More >


Sister Rose Mary Collins

Posted on: June 27th, 2014

May 25, 2014

Words that would come to mind for Sister Rose Mary Collins are, “Suffer the little ones to come to me ….” Her entire apostolic life was involved in the ministry of education.  She brought her prayer, her energy, and her creativity to the mission of educating the … Read More >


Sister Miriam Richard Allorto

Posted on: June 12th, 2014

May 26, 2014

Sister Miriam Richard Allorto, a beloved Sister of Saint Joseph for 56 years danced into eternal life at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown on May 26, 2014.

Recorded in her own words her living history begins, “I, Angelina Mary Allorto, a creation of the Universe, formed from stardust … Read More >


Sister Ann Marguerite Kearns

Posted on: June 12th, 2014

June 2, 2014

Sister Ann Marguerite Kearns died at Saint Joseph Villa on June 2, 2014. Her funeral liturgy and burial followed on June 9, 2014.

Born to parents Joseph and Kathryn, Sister Ann was reared with four siblings. The family were proud members of Corpus Christi, the revered old … Read More >


Sister Marcella Malone

Posted on: June 12th, 2014

May 10, 2014

Sister Marcella Malone died at Saint Joseph Villa on May 10, 2014. Her funeral took place on May 13. She had just recently celebrated 70 years as a Sister of Saint Joseph.

Baptized Harriette, Sister lived with her faith-filled loving parents and three siblings in Immaculate Conception … Read More >


Sister Mary McMullan

Posted on: May 8th, 2014

March 31, 2014

In her ministry and in her community life, Sister Mary McMullan was faithful to the present moment and to whatever God asked of her. Author, Mary Ann Brussart writes, “Stay in the present moment; that is where God, the Invisible Lover, is close as your breath.” Sister … Read More >