Sister Regina Maria Gormley, S.S.J., age 74, died Sept. 22 at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown. She was in the 56th year of her religious life.
Born in Philadelphia, the former Sister Joseph Regina was the daughter of William J. Gormley and Regina Clarkson Gormley. She attended St. Matthew Grade School and St. Hubert High School in Philadelphia.
She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1960 and professed final vows on Aug. 14, 1968.
She earned an A.B. from Chestnut Hill College, an M.A. from Temple University in music education and a D.M.A. from the Catholic University of America.
She was a music teacher in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for many years including at St. Colman Grade School, Ardmore; St. John Chrysostom School, Wallingford; Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Ignatius School, Philadelphia and choir accompanist at Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Bryn Mawr.
She taught in the Novitiate S.S.J. Formation Office and served at Chestnut Hill College as administration, faculty and staff. At St. Joseph’s University she was coordinator of liturgy and music, and campus minister. She also served as director of liturgy and music at Holy Child School, Manayunk, and Holy Family Parish, Philadelphia.
In August 2016, Sister Regina was missioned to prayer and presence at St. Joseph Villa where she remained until her death.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 28 at St. Joseph Villa.
Sister Regina is the sister of the late Joseph G. Gormley and survived by William J. Gormley, nieces and nephews, cousins and members of her congregation, the Sisters of St. Joseph.
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