Sister Ave Maria McCusker, I.H.M., died Jan. 4 in Camilla Hall, Immaculata, in the 68th year of her religious life. She was 87 years old.
Born in Philadelphia, Sister Ave Maria entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1947 from St. Monica Parish, Philadelphia, and professed her vows in 1949.
She taught science in many high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She was a member of the Chemistry Department at Immaculata University for over 22 years. She was assigned to Camilla Hall in 2006.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 7 at Camilla Hall Msgr. Joseph Logrip was the celebrant and homilist, and the concelebrant was Father William E. Dean.
Sister Ave Maria is survived by members of her religious community and by her loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents James Leo and Elizabeth Hatty McCusker, her brother James McCusker and her sisters Elizabeth (Butch) Carrigan, Anna (John) Fritz, Margaret (Jack) O’Leary, Rita McCusker, Cecilia (Edward) Staats, Mary (Albert) Derr, Theresa (Larry) Kazaronowitz.
Help us keep you informed -- CatholicPhilly.com can't do it without youDuring CatholicPhilly.com's fall donation campaign, you have a way to help us deliver the kind of news you need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live. Every household's costs keep rising, and we're no different. We make sure your dollars in any amount go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month. Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can -- a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Or by credit card here: