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Sr. Mary McGlone, CSJ
Sr. Mary McGlone, CSJ
Click on image to watch video describe what calls her today as a Sister of St. Joseph: “Seeing through other eyes.”
Mary M. McGlone, CSJ, is a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from St. Louis University and has taught on theology faculties in the U.S. and in Peru.
In 1974, she was received into her congregation and made perpetual vows in 1978. She earned her doctorate in 1991 and has lived in various areas of the southwest and Midwest in the United States and in Peru. Her ministry experience includes teaching, primarily in higher education, pastoral ministry, child care, and professional writing.
A past president of the U.S. Catholic Mission Association, she is the author of “Comunidad Para El Mundo, A History of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Vice Province of Peru” and “Sharing Faith Across the Hemisphere,” the winner of the 1998 Catholic Press Association award for Best History Book of the Year. She has also written Anything of Which a Woman Is Capable: A History of the Sisters of St. Joseph in the United States, Volume 1. and A Basic Catholic Dictionary.
An interesting vignette from her life occurred following the Second Vatican Council:
When the time came for Sr. Mary and the other US Sisters to return to the United States, one of the young Sisters from Europe who spoke English accompanied them to the airport, and their conversation took an astonishing turn. Sr. Mary’s Congregation no longer wore a formal habit, whereas most of the Sisters they met in Romania did wear the habit. Sr. Mary asked the young Romanian Sister if she thought more Sisters or fewer would wear the formal habit in the future.
The Sister answered eagerly, “All of them will! It’s a sign of freedom!”
This surprised Sr. Mary, because, as she points out, “It’s exactly the same value expressed in opposite ways. For them it’s the sign of freedom that you can be religious, whereas for us it’s a sign of freedom to be able to relate to people without any barriers.”
Read More about her ministry as a missionary.
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