Sister St. Gervase Glackin went home to God on September 17, 2020, two weeks after her 91st birthday. A resident of Saint Joseph Villa since 2014, Sister’s liturgy and funeral followed at the Villa on September 22.
The second oldest of seven children, Mary Angela lost their father when she was just eight years old. Her mother, Mary Glackin, wanted a good education for the young children and enrolled six of the children in Saint Joseph Academy in McSherrytown, PA, a boarding school owned by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. The youngest Glackin child, Charles, remains.
Strongly influenced by the spirit and dedication of the Sisters at the Academy, young Mary Angela entered the Novitiate in September 1946. Her first ministry, teaching elementary school children in various grades, schools and dioceses, lasted for twenty years. Subsequent ministry in secondary education allowed her to share her love for reading and writing and to introduce them to authors, especially English writers. She often accompanied groups of students to London where they, too, enjoyed all things British.
Summers also allowed Sister to pursue opportunities for offering volunteer services in New York and even in California, in various capacities.
Her ministry, later on, included teaching college students, including stints at Drexel and Villanova Universities, and Community College of Philadelphia. In 2002, Sister St. Gervase became coordinator of Outreach at St. John Church in Philadelphia before accepting an invitation to assist students with reading and writing skills in the English department at Neumann-Goretti High School.
After a brief time volunteering at Mount Saint Joseph Convent, St. Gervase took up residence at the Villa, often sharing readings of published poets. She enjoyed writing her own poems for special occasions, and shared them as well. Truly a unique and creative spirit, St. Gervase will be fondly remembered.