Written on: May 9, 2023
Sister Maureen Quigley (Sister Mane Marguerite) is a teacher to her fingertips, no matter her ministry. She is creative and fun loving and these talents have made her a favorite among her students through the years. Though a native of Buffalo, New York, where she met the Grey Nuns at Holy Angels Academy, she spent many of her ministry years in the Philadelphia area.
She received a degree in classical languages from Villanova University and an MA in Spanish from LaSalle University. Maureen, a Latin and Spanish scholar taught at St. Mary’s Academy in Ogdensburg, New York, and at Melrose Academy in Philadelphia. She volunteered and lived for many years in Lima, Peru, as she mentions in her reflection below. This was a life-changing experience for her. On her return to the States and the Philadelphia area, she continued her teaching career at Gwynedd Mercy Academy.
After several years there, she was asked by the congregation to serve as coordinator at the Motherhouse in Yardley. A different experience but one in which she also used her great gifts of creativity and compassion. She presently resides at Holy Redeemer Lafayette in Philadelphia.
During my ten years in Lima, Peru teaching in a variety of ways (English as a second language, preparing university students to be catechists, teaching poor women to read and write) I came to appreciate and be grateful for my own education. I realize now that I received far more from my students and the people of the parish San Norberto than I offered them. Their loyalty to me through the years is humbling. I thank God for the blessing of teaching and all the wonderful people I know and the experiences I have had.
“My life as a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart for 70 years has been so different from what I anticipated when at the age of seventeen, I arrived in Philadelphia to begin my journey. I recall praying on that first day: “Please let me stay here forever.”
3 thoughts on “Sister Maureen Quigley- 70th Jubilee”
Congratulations on your Jubilee, Sr. Marie Marguerite. When I was just a 5-year-old in 1st grade at Melrose Academy, in Sr. St. Naala’s classroom located in the big West Ave Convent and Novitiate, I would see the Postulants and Novitiates in the courtyard outside our classroom windows and wonder who they were and what they were all about. Little did I know that years later when I was 15 years old in 10th grade at Melrose, that my homeroom and Latin teacher was one of the Postulants or Novitiates I had watched and wondered about 10 years earlier. I loved your Latin I and II classes. You made Latin soo easy to learn. Now, as I have 75 years of life behind me, I want to thank you for all of your time and effort you gave over your lifetime, not only in acquiring your education but also the time and effort you gave to imparting that knowledge to us, your students at Melrose, especially the Class of 1965. Again, Congratulations.
Everybody loved Margo when she taught at St Mary’s Academy in Ogdensburg NY. God bless you and thank you for your service!
Congratulations on your 70th Jubilee, Quig!
I remember you with great fondness and many smiles.
Debi Lemieur (Latin Teacher, GMA)