Sister Mary Pacelli

Reading, Pennsylvania


Reading, Pennsylvania


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Sister Mary Pacelli, 82, of the Bernardine Sisters, Third Order of St. Francis, died of natural causes during the evening hours of Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, where she had been a patient since Feb. 4, 2010.

Sister Pacelli was in her 60th year of...

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I just heard about the death of Sister Pacelli and I am truely saddened at the loss for Alvernia and her Franciscian community. My Deepest Sympathy. She was a wonderful person to my late husband Prof. Thomas Marakovits and myself. We first met in 1984 when my husband began teaching Criminal Justice at Alvernia College. Many times we took her to Mount Carmel or picked her up and we enjoyed each and every trip. Even when Tom left Alvernia we still continued to correspond with each other. At...

When Sister Pacelli wrote the history of Alvernia college, she included the section of how it started out as St. Francis Orphanage. I was one of the orphans there and supplied Sister with photos and discriptions of my life there as a child.It was a healing experience for me as I recounted the past memories. I am thankful to her for including that section of her book. Knowing what others wrote filled in many blanks that were so long ago forgotten.She will be in my prayers.

Sister Pacelli was a remarkable person. I had taken her Mass Media course during Spring 2001 at Alvernia and looked forward to each class. My brother and I, both Alvernia students, had the pleasure and privilege of taking her to spend time with her aunt in Mount Carmel over the Easter holiday twice. We had some very nice conversations along the way home. Sister Pacelli was truly a person that you could speak with about almost anything. I graduated in 2003 and have not been on campus much...

A symbol of Alvernia University and her spirit will live on and we must take her example of Christian living to the level that she would demand. May God grant her rest and peace in Christ Jesus, whom all good things come!

Sister Pacelli was a lovely teacher, she was a member of my congregation too and she was a friend.
Though small in stature, she lived her convictions as a Bernardine Franciscan Sister and as professor at Alvernia as a GIANT with a gentle heart. Her presence will be missed by everyone. The stories of many who visited our Motherhouse over these past few days give tribute to her life. As an author, it is most evident that our Sister Pacelli ?penned? the hearts of many throughout her...

Sr. Pacelli was my advisor at Alvernia in the late 1970s. Without her support, I wouldn't be where I am today, as a counselor at the Betty Ford Center.

Sister Pacelli was a lovely teacher as well as role model for all.I never had the pleasure to speak with her in person, but because of her many accomplishments I admire her and thank Sister Pacelli for opening the options for many to achieve their goals. Becuase of her attributes I will be graduating in Dec. at Alvernia University.

Sister Pacelli was my cousin. I loved her dearly and know she is loved where she is at now: with Grandma, my dad, Ed Butkie, her brother Eugene James Staskiel, and her own mother. Not to mention her God; whom she is with now. We love you Sister.

Sister Pacelli was a teacher of mine at Alvernia in the late 80's early 90's, and she was one of the best! You would never see her anywhere on campus without a smile on her face, and that smile was contagious. She loved what she did and had a love of life that she would pass on to her students. It has been 18 years since I was at Alvernia, but Sister Pacelli and Sister Magnifica were always kept close in my heart. She will be greatly missed by all former students, as well as the...