Sister Mary Glennon was a Sister of Mercy for 65 years. She was always proud of her Freeland, Pennsylvania roots and graduated from St. Ann’s High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in French at College Misericordia (University) with a minor in English, history, and the Greek and Roman classics. Mary also received a master’s degree from the University of Scranton. Sister Mary began her ministry as a high school teacher in the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown and Scranton, Pennsylvania. She returned to Misericordia in 1975 to become the first Director of Continuing Education. To prepare for the position, she studied under a fellowship at George Washington University, specifically developed to enhance the management capabilities of colleges. She was later promoted to Dean of Continuing Education. She left Misericordia in 1982 to complete her doctoral studies at George Washington University. She then served as Deal of Institutional Advancement at Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio. Sister Mary was recruited to return to Misericordia, and in March of 1988, she was appointed Academic Dean. Later, Mary was promoted to Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.
Sister Mary’s life in ministry did not end with her retirement from Misericordia in 2001. After a sabbatical year of studying Creation Theology at Washington Theological Union, she became the Administrator/Director of Project Remain in Wilkes-Barre. The needs of the elderly in the high-rise apartments were addressed and met through her ability to research and write grants to fund vital programs for the health and quality of life of those most in need. Mulier Fortis (Valiant Woman) is embedded in the seal of Misericordia. It is referenced in the book of Proverbs 31:01-31. Sister Mary’s life reflects the description of a Mulier Fortis. She shared her gifts and talents extensively and made life better for many. Having fulfilled her vows to be of service to those most in need whom she met throughout her eighty-three years, she is resting in peace.