Remembrances

Sister Virginia Gloria Sposito, Age 75

Northeast

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Sister Gini entered the Franciscan Missionaries of St. Joseph [Mill Hill] in September 1963. She taught in a girls’ school in Nyabururu, Kenya, after which she returned to Albany, New York, and served as coordinator of the urban apostolate in St. Mary’s Parish, Albany. 

In 1977, Sister Virginia transferred to the Sisters of Mercy. In her early years in Mercy, she served as receptionist/interviewer at the South End Clinic; as clerk in emergency admissions at Albany Medical Center; and as outreach worker at St. John’s/St. Ann’s Parish, all in Albany.

Sister Gini’s first and abiding love was ministry to the elderly. The attraction was mutual; her sister observed that when the two were out together, it was not unusual for older folks to gravitate to Sister Gini, if only to say “hello.” 

Sister Gini served as the third and fourth age director for the Sisters of Mercy and as assistant director of the Albany Senior Services Center. She was especially proud to be a member of the Gerontological Society of America. Sister Virginia was “a fixture” at Maria College from 1998 to 2017, where she introduced a gerontology certificate program. Sister Gini was ahead of her time in focusing on the needs of the elderly; she had a special gift for engaging seniors, ensuring that they were not set aside or ignored but remained involved in living life to their fullest potential. She was known and respected across the Mercy Institute as the person to consult for current best practice on working with the aging.

Not one to sit on the sidelines herself, Sister Gini kept busy organizing game days and day trips for the seniors and was always the first in line—and the last to leave— if assistance was needed with a mailing or other activity. In October 2019, Sister Virginia received from the Mercy Network on Aging a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Gerontology “for her dedication to the promise and potential of our Sisters.”

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