Our Presence in the World
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GLASSBORO, NEW JERSEY, U.S.A.
Sister Gemma Procopio, one of the first sisters of her order to serve in the United States, died on October 25, 2013. She was 84. Maria Concetta Procopio, popularly known as Sister Gemma, was born on May 23, 1929 of Francesco and Giuseppina Procopio, the 10th of 11 children. She entered the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Rome in 1954. She worked in Ribera, Italy, from 1954-60 when she was transferred to Via Cicerone in Rome until 1963. At that time she boarded the Cristoforo Colombo and sailed to New York. She was greeted by family and lived in Vineland for two and a half months until religious housing could be established. Sister Gemma was one of the first three pioneers to bring the spirit and charism of Blessed Mother Mary Catherine Troiani to the U.S.A. Sister Gemma and the other sisters moved to what was then the newly formed parish of St. Jude's in Blackwood. She remained there, watching over parishioners, priests and sisters as they moved in and out of the parish. Her prayer and telephone ministry kept her in touch with a multitude of people. Sister Gemma is survived by her religious community now in Glassboro, New Jersey, and all the sisters of the Institute of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters, her sister Rosa Stagliano in Vineland, in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was a favorite among family members.
Dear Sister Gemma,
Our convent in Glassboro is not the same without you. There is a certain void that cannot be explained. Every moment we expect to see you coming around with your 'chair' walker, or sitting in the community room watching your favorite EWTN. Thank you for everything you did for us at St. Jude in Blackwood, Holy Saviour in Westmont, and St. Bridget in Glassboro. We miss you. Intercede for us together with Sister Erminia. May the “Sacro Ternario” – the Hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph hold you tightly!
Your Religious Community in Glassboro, New Jersey
At the General Chapter of 1993 of the FMIHM, the following proposal was suggested and accepted: To re-vitalize the charism of our foundation, taking into consideration even the branch of the laity so as to expand the large religious family of Catherine, as urged by the Church. In fact, the latest Church Documents, especially “Cristifidelis Laici”, encourage the faithful to be active collaborators in the life and mission of the Church.
The Charism-Spirituality of Blessed M. Catherine Troiani, OUR FOUNDRESS
The way of life of the Institute of Blessed M. Catherine Troiani is as follows:
“To live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our Crucified Spouse, naked and abandoned on the cross, and in Him to be sent for the conversion of people beyond the seas” …….
…. in fidelity to our Mother Church and the Magisterium, under the norm of life of St. Francis of Assisi, true friend and imitator of Jesus.
This is the way of life that God entrusted to Mother Catherine when He revealed to her that everything has to be “for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.”
Therefore, in agreement with the Church and in response to her directives, the daughters of Mother Catherine invite all those who, moved by the Spirit, feel called to live the Gospel according to the spirituality of St. Francis and of Blessed Catherine in the lay state and in the concrete situations of life.
The first meeting will was held on Sunday, October 20 - 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM at the convent in Glassboro.
Next meeting - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2:30PM - 3:30PM at the convent in Glassboro.
If interested, please contact Sister Dorothy at:
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
Blessed Mother Catherine Troiani, pray for us!
The Franciscan Missionaries of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
212 Ellis Street, Glassboro, NJ 08028
Tel. 856-881-4604 - Fax 856-881-1534
Blessed M. Catherine Troiani