Sister Mary Irene Geisheimer, C.S.F.N. (formerly Sister Amata), died Dec. 8 at Jesus of Nazareth (Mount Nazareth) Convent in Philadelphia. She was 95 and in the 78th year of her religious life.
Born and raised in Norwich, Conn., she attended St. Joseph’s School then traveled to Philadelphia to attend Nazareth Academy High School. She entered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in June 1941 and professed her final vows in Rome, Italy in May 1950.
Sister Irene received a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and a master’s degree from Middlebury College. She also completed studies in German at the University of Wisconsin and traveled in 1973 for a sabbatical at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
She taught at Holy Rosary School in Springfield, Mass., as well as at St. Adalbert School in Philadelphia. She spent most of her 50 years in education teaching German and English at Nazareth Academy High School.
The funeral Mass for Sister Irene was celebrated Dec. 12 at Mount Nazareth Chapel in Philadelphia. Donations in her memory may be made to Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, 310 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016.
In a time to build, CatholicPhilly.com connects people and communities
As society emerges from the loss and separation of the pandemic, CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you join in 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.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
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 credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103