Mother Agnes Spencer, SSJ
Mother Agnes Spencer, SSJ, foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, was once described as “a woman of strong personality, great tact and ability.” (She distinguished herself through her skillful means of developing a growing community.) A visionary who accomplished much in her 58 years, she was instrumental in the founding of hospitals, orphanages, schools, and other organizations created to meet the needs of the people in the areas she served.
Among her many accomplishments, Mother Agnes opened St. Joseph Hospital (later became Spencer Hospital) and established St. Agatha and St. Brigid Schools in Meadville. She helped open Saint Joseph Orphanage and the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Erie, PA. She began St. Joseph and St. Patrick schools in Erie, St. Thomas School in Corry, and St. Teresa School in Union City, PA. She founded Saint Vincent Hospital and became its first administrator.
Mother Agnes left a legacy with her pioneering spirit and determination to meet the needs of those around her. Her vision continues to be an inspiration and a benchmark for the goals of others.
The Mother Agnes Spencer, SSJ, Legacy Society is comprised of forward-thinking individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph with a planned gift.
Becoming a Member
You can become a member of the Mother Agnes Spencer, SSJ, Legacy Society with a promise of a planned gift to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Examples of Planned Gifts:
Will bequests or residue of your estate
Gifts of securities such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds
Gifts of life insurance and annuities
Gifts of retirement or pension plan assets
Gifts of real estate
Who can help me arrange a gift? Please speak with a professional advisor (i.e., financial planner, lawyer, accountant, or insurance agent) about leaving a gift. A professional advisor can make sure you are getting the maximum tax and legal advantages allowed for your gift.