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Elizabeth Ann Galvin, CSJP (1931 - 2017)

Mary Ann Galvin, born on August 11,1931 in the Bronx, New York, was the first child of Matthew and Nora Galvin. She had a brother, Michael and a sister Elizabeth. Mary Ann, called Marie by the family, first met the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace when her mother visited Irish sisters from Kerry living at St. Michael's Provincial House in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Marie was inspired by the joy and enthusiasm of the sisters. Just one month after her high school graduation, and one month before her 18th birthday, Marie became a postulant with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Six months later, on February 2,1950, she received the religious habit and was given the name Sister Mary Elizabeth Ann. Her two year novitiate training continued, and on February 2,1952, Sr. Elizabeth Ann pronounced her First Vows.

 Following her First Profession, Sr. Elizabeth Ann was assigned to teach First Grade at St. Luke's School in Hohokus, NJ. A very happy and skillful teacher, she remained in this ministry for 9 years. From 1960 to 1964, Sr. Elizabeth Ann was assigned to teach in parochial schools in Fords, NJ, Little Ferry, NJ and South River, NJ. In 1964, she was appointed Principal and Teacher for 3 years at St. Joseph Parish School in Medford, NJ. When her Principal's term was completed in 1967, Sr. Elizabeth Ann continued to serve several more years in the teaching ministry at Fair Lawn, NJ, Hohokus, NJ, Washington Township, NJ and Paramus, NJ. In later years, she served in the NJ Parish Ministry Programs in Wyckoff, Hohokus and Fair Lawn. One letter of reference noted "Sr. Elizabeth Ann gave herself wholeheartedly to the students she taught." She valued being academically prepared for teaching responsibilities. In addition to a BA degree, she graduated with two MA degrees and completed Course requirements for Certificates in several areas, in 1998, after 45 years in teaching, and now age 67, Sr. Elizabeth Ann enrolled in a one year sabbatical program at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA.

 After her sabbatical year, Sr. Elizabeth Ann followed a more modified schedule of activities. She taught students with special needs. She visited the sick and participated with women in prayer groups. She shared her skills with photography, calligraphy and crafts. Sr. Eizabeth Ann communicated regularly with former students and teachers. In 2016, her health started to fail and she became more frail. Sr. Elizabeth Ann died on May 25, 2017 in the Infirmary at St. Michael's Villa. After a brief wake service at St. Michael's, a second wake was held and a funeral Mass was offered at St. Luke's Church on June 1, 2017. A large number attended and six priests concelebrated. Sr. Elizabeth Ann was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. She was survived by her brother Michael Galvin, her sister Elizabeth Moloney, several nieces and nephews and her cousin Sr. Breda Boyle, CSJP

Elizabeth Ann Galvin, CSJP (1931 - 2017)

"So Christ is our model and in order to imitate Him we have to do strange things – things that seem almost inexplicable, but at the last days, when our work is taken off the loom of life, we shall see the beauty that comes into our soul by this work."

Mother Evangelista (Honoria Gaffney)