Sister Mary Rachael McGuire, SSJ
Sister Mary Rachael recalls going to Mass every morning before her job at the hospital as a young woman and Sister Anna Therese saying to her, “I think you should be a Sister.” The icon of our Mother of Perpetual Help, which hangs in the SSJ chapel, helps her to keep answering that call all these years later.
Sister Mary Rachael entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Agatha parish in Meadville, Pennsylvania, in 1940 and professed her final vows in 1946.
Sister Mary Rachael graduated from St. Agatha High School in Meadville, PA, and received a BA in Social Studies from Villa Maria College in 1940. She later received a BA in English, also from Villa Maria College. She holds a Master’s degree in English from Catholic University in Washington, DC, and a Master’s degree in French from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Sister Mary Rachael McGuire ministered as a teacher for more than 55 years in several Diocesan schools including Holy Rosary, St. Ann, St. Andrew, St. Patrick, St. Peter, Villa Maria Academy, and Cathedral Prep Schools in Erie; St. Francis in Clearfield, PA; St. Agatha High School in Meadville, PA; and Bradford Central Christian in Bradford, PA. She also worked at Saint Vincent Hospital and was the Pastoral Minister at St. Julia parish.
Sister Mary Rachael McGuire is currently retired and living at the Sisters’ Community Living Center.