Celebrate the 54th Anniversary of the First Mass in Sacred Heart Chapel March 4, 1967

On the evening of September 7, 1966, the last sisters sang the Salve Regina in Mother General’s courtyard and sadly whispered farewell to Villa Maria, West Chester.  Their sadness faded into joy as they drove into the “still-in-process” Villa Maria House of Studies, Immaculata.  Six months later on March 4, 1967, the new Chapel was …

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Sister Maureen Catherine Cassel, IHM

Sister Maureen Catherine Cassel died on February 1, 2021 in Camilla Hall.  Sister Catherine was in the 71st year of her religious life.  God rest her beautiful soul. Catherine was born on December 18, 1930.  Sister’s parents Harry and Catherine (Quigley) raised their family of four boys and one girl in St. Francis of Assisi …

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Sister Carol Marie Repholz, IHM

Sister Carol Marie Repholz died in Camilla Hall on January 23, 2021 in the 70th year of her religious life. Caroline Repholz was born on October 9, 1942 in Philadelphia.  Her parents Frank and Annette (Butts) Repholz raised their family of three sons and one daughter in St. Veronica Parish in Philadelphia.  Caroline attended St. …

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Sister Phyllis Ann M. DiRenzo, IHM

Formerly Sister Rose David Sister Phyllis Ann DiRenzo succumbed to the ravages of Covid 19.  Sister died in Camilla Hall on January 21, 2021 in the 51st year of her religious life.  Sister died peacefully with our nursing staff at her bedside. Sister was born on April 27, 1950 in Philadelphia.  In earlier days, Sister’s …

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February 2, 1937 Groundbreaking of Villa Maria by-the-Sea, Stone Harbor, NJ

Retreat House of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary February 2, 1937 Groundbreaking June 29, 1937 Dedication and Corner Stone Laying Early in 1936, Mother Kostka McCormick (Mother General from 1935 to 1940) had a serious challenge; both financial and spiritual in nature. The community had previously owned a retreat house in …

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