September 16, 2020
Sister Jeanne Margaret Denny of the Passion of Jesus
Florence was a member of the MCA, and worked as a legal secretary. At the age of 22 she entered on February 2, 1957, and took the name Sr. Jeanne Margaret of the Passion of Jesus. After professing first vows, she continued in the Juniorate and remained at the Motherhouse for three additional years after completing her studies
July 15, 2020
Sister Catherine Murray of the Holy Spirit
Catherine Anne Murray was born on July 5, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY to John Murray and Belinda Finnerty Murray both immigrants from Ireland. Baptized at St. Paul’s Brooklyn, Catherine was one of five children. She was a member of the Missionary Cenacle Apostolate for 3 1/2 years before entering in the community in 1952.
June 15, 2020
Sister Josefa Marie Cordero of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sr. Josefa Marie Cordero of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was born Maria Josefa Cordero to Amalio and Juanita E. Vera Cordero in Juana Diaz, PR on December 8, 1919. Sr. Josefa entered the MSBTs on February 11, 1950 and professed her final vows on March 25, 1955. During her 70 years as an MSBT, Sr. Josefa served in Coamo, Rio Piedras, Ponce, Cabo Rojo and Humacao, Puerto Rico, as well as, Philadelphia PA.
April 13, 2020
Sister Patricia Kelly of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sr. Patricia Kelly of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was born to John and Helena Kelly in Scranton, PA on April 1, 1937. She was baptized at St. Peter’s Cathedral parish on April 11, 1937. Pat was the third of four children. Her brothers are John, Jerry (deceased), and Jim. Pat was also close to her sister-in-laws and to her nieces and nephews.
August 28, 2019
Sister Silvia Arias of the Good Shepherd
Sister Silvia devoted her entire life to missionary service in various locations including Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; Coamo, San Juan, Mayaguez, and Ponce, Puerto Rico.
At Ponce she was a member of the Board of Directors of Centros Sor Isolina Ferré she had also held the position of CEO, was Executive Director of the Tabaiba Center and Custodian of the Mission. A True Missionary!
August 7, 2018
Regina Frances Lang (Jean to her family) was born September 6, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA. She was the first of nine children born to Jacob and Marie Lang. Growing up in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, Jean and the family were members of Immaculate Conception Parish.
March 12, 2018
Having been an active member of the MCA in Brooklyn, she came to know the community. She entered the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed on February 11, 1949 from Brooklyn, NY. As a Novice she took the name Sister Alice Margaret of the Child Jesus. She professed her first vows on August 15, 1950 and final vows on March 25, 1954.
November 7, 2017
Sister Vincent Marie’s history is a remarkable reflection of the particular spirit which impels the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity. Father Judge said, “We should not appear as a dietitian, a financier, a teacher. We should appear first as men and women of God. As a Missionary.."
September 12, 2017
Anita entered the community on February 11, 1952 and was sent to Phenix City Alabama for the first 5 months of her postulancy. She arrived in Philadelphia in July to continue her postulancy and began her novitiate on August 15 of that same year and received the name, Sr. Mary Ignatius of the Holy Cross.
July 16, 2017
Elizabeth Josephine Bloodworth was born December 9, 1936 in Fort Benning, Georgia and baptized in the Chapel there. She was the 12th of 14 children born to Daniel and Elizabeth Kendrick Bloodworth, from Gordon and Selma, GA respectively.
June 20, 2017
March 14, 2017
Sr. Joan Marie O’Neil of the Sacred Heart was born on November 24, 1929 in Cambridge, MA. The daughter of Henry O’Neil and Mary Hynes, Joan Marie was baptized at St. Patrick church in Cambridge and there received her First Communion and was confirmed. She had an older sister, Audrey, whom she loved dearly.
February 21, 2017
November 14, 2016
November 3, 2016
After reading the pamphlet “What Richer Life”, she wrote to Mother Mary Frances for more information about the community in 1949. She entered on August 5, 1950, made first profession of vows on March 25, 1952 and final profession on March 25, 1955.
August 2, 2016
June 6, 2016
On February 11, 1942 Eleanor Kiely entered the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity. Her first profession was made on August 15, 1943 and her final profession was made on March 25, 1947. She received a degree in Social Studies from Seton Hall Univ. in 1963 and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 1965.
March 1, 2016
Donata Mary Aquilino was born to Donato Aquilino and Lucia Ruffo on September 3rd 1928, in South Philadelphia. . Her parents had migrated from Italy and settled in South Philly. Sister was baptized and confirmed at Epiphany Parish. A member of a large family she was especially close to her sister Carmela.
March 22, 2016
Frances Therese Zindel was born to Isabel Fraustet and Louis Joseph Zindel, in Bayonne, New Jersey on Christmas day 1929 and baptized on January 5, 1930 at St. Henry Parish in Bayonne. She was one of four children her older sister, Eileen was a member of the Benedictine Community at the time Fran was applying to our Community. Her sister Marie married as did her brother Eugene. She was close to her nieces and nephews, it was clear she loved them dearly.
February 14, 2015
In a letter to her sister Mary when she was still in high school, she wrote of her apostolic work with the MCA, “I really love the work, though, and never, I can honestly say, do I feel happier than when I’m doing work with the Outer Cenacle. Not even on my birthday or when I get a new dress.” Francis Louise entered on September 24, 1949, made her first profession of vows on March 25, 1951 and her final profession of vows on March 25, 1954.