meet SSJ Associates Geraldine Gallagher and Gretchen Durney

Mother and Daughter Associates

Geraldine Gallagher and her daughter, Gretchen Durney, were welcomed as associates in 2014. Geraldine’s mentor was Sister Geraldine Olon while Associate Renee Caldwell Calabrese was Gretchen’s.

Geraldine is a member of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Erie where she is a lector, member of the prayer ministry and facilitator of a small faith sharing community. She is the mother of four children. She is retired from Behrend College and is the full-time caregiver for her husband, Joseph. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking and gardening.   

Gretchen is the youngest of four children. She is married to David Durney and she is a member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Erie. After graduating from Mercyhurst Prep School, she served one year with AmeriCorps NCCC in California. She has “worn many hats” at the SSJ Neighborhood Network west and presently is the Neighborhood Manager (site director). She enjoys cooking, music, the outdoors, time with family and friends and her Irish Setter, Rowdy.

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