In Memory

Sister M. Fides Gibson, IHM

August 7, 1883 – November 8, 1959

Sister M. Fides Gibson, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Sunday, November 8, 1959 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on August 7, 1883 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and given the name Julia Genevieve. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Julia Murphy Gibson. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 2, 1912, received the religious habit on August 2, 1912, and made profession of her vows on August 2, 1914.

Sister Fides served as a domestic at the following convents: St. Michael’s Industrial School in Hoban Heights, in 1914; St. Joseph’s Convent in Spokane, WA, from 1914 to 1917; St. Joseph’s Convent in Portland, OR, from 1917 to 1926; St. Rosalia’s Convent in Pittsburgh, from 1926 to 1927; St. Mary Home in Cresson, from 1927 to 1929 and 1934 to 1943; St. Joseph’s Convent in Williamsport, from 1929 to 1934 and 1943 to 1951; St. Patrick’s Cathechetical Center in Milford, from 1952 to 1955; and Laurel Hill Academy in Susquehanna, in 1955.

From 1956 until the time of her death, Sister Fides served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent.

She is preceded in death by a brother, Michael.

Interment is at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, Pennsylvania.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

Archival Remembrance:

This gentle humble Sister (Fides Gibson) always seemed to exemplify our Lord’s promise that His yoke is sweet and His burden is light. All who lived with her remember her as a gracious, calm, holy religious who tried to live in God’s holy presence. Her service to the community was characterized by forgetfulness of self and a holy desire to help others. Throughout her long illness she constantly expressed her gratitude for every service rendered to her. Calmly and resignedly she prepared for God’s coming, and fervently she prayed for the graces of a happy death. May God grant her eternal rest.

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