ERIE - Christine Quirk, SSJ, 86, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died Wednesday (March 28, 2012).
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She was in the 64th year of her religious life. Sister Christine was born in Erie on Aug. 27, 1925, the daughter of the late John and Carrie Mangues Quirk. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Patrick Parish in Erie, on March 19, 1949, professed her final vows in 1954 and celebrated her 60th anniversary of religious life in 2008.
Sister Christine graduated from the Villa Maria Academy, Erie, in 1943. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Villa Maria College in 1947 and a master's degree in English from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1959. She further studied English at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. She attended a Japanese Cultural Exchange Program in Omiya, Japan, an American Studies program at Eastern Baptist College and studied journalism at the University of Minnesota on a "Wall Street Journal" fellowship.
Sister Christine was a longtime teacher and faculty member throughout the Erie diocese. She taught at St. Ann and St. Peter grade schools in Erie; and at Villa Maria Academy, where she also chaired the English department. She taught at Saint Francis High School in Clearfield, and chaired its English department. She was an assistant professor at Villa Maria College, and she taught at Bradford Central Christian High School in Bradford and chaired its English Department.
Other ministry work includes serving as directress of the Congregation's Junior Sisters and assistant director of social and religious programs at St. Joseph Apartments in Erie. She served as alumnae director at Villa Maria College and Gannon University. She held positions of publication consultant for Saint Mary's Home, manager of Sycamore Gallery, Erie, auditor in the Erie Diocese Marriage Tribunal and director of communications for the Sisters of St. Joseph. She taught English as a Second Language (ESL), a ministry she began through the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network in 2000. She retired from active ministry in 2009.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Patricia Quirk of Erie; a cousin, Betty Ann Novicki; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by the Sisters of St. Joseph.
In addition to her parents, Sister Christine was preceded in death by three brothers, John V. Jr., Charles and William; a sister, Carolyn; and a sister-in-law, Carol.
Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the Villa Maria Community Living Center, 5031 West Ridge Road, Erie, when a prayer service will be held. Calling hours continue from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Community Support Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 5031 West Ridge Road, Erie, PA 16506-1249.
The Quinn Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.
Published in The Bradford Era from Mar. 29 to Apr. 4, 2012