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Sister Virginia Cummings, OSF

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Oct 24 2016
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Sister Virginia Cummings, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis of the United States Province, in her 39th year of profession, died on Friday, July 10, 2015, at Mount Assisi Convent Motherhouse in Bellevue, Pa., at age 89.  

Sister Virginia (Ginny) was an alumna of Mount Assisi Academy in Bellevue and later moved to Maryland until she entered the community from Our Lady of Hope in Dundalk, Md., in 1973. She professed her first vows in 1976 at Mount Assisi Convent in Pittsburgh, Pa. and made final profession in 1980. She was the first community member who had been married before entering. She raised a family of two sons as a single working mom. 

While in the community Sister Virginia attended Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. She spent her first six years in ministry teaching the business courses at St. Francis Academy in San Antonio, Texas. She later taught in Clymer and Erie, Pa. After she received her certificate from Duquesne University as a  director of education, she ministered in the parishes of Divine Redeemer in Ambridge, Pa., Most Holy Name in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Immaculate Conception in Clarion, Pa. This was followed by five years of ministry for the Catholic Cemetery Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. At Mount Assisi Convent, Sister Virginia became the driver for the sisters, accompanying them to the hospital at all hours of the day and night. When she no longer could drive, her ministry became one of prayer.

Sister Virginia was the daughter of the late Roland C. Skeen and Frances (Hanenberg) Skeen. She was preceded in death by her brothers Arthur and Francis and her son Richard Michael. She is survived by her religious community, her son David, her brother Roland, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

To read more about Sister Ginny's unique life, please click here for a news obituary published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 13, 2015.

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