In Memory

Sister Maria Agnes McGee, IHM

March 24, 1900 – March 5, 1966

Sister Maria Agnes McGee, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on March 5, 1966 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, PA, after a brief illness.

She was born on March 24, 1900 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and given the name Agnes. She was the daughter of the late William J. and Bridget O’Connell McGee. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1922, received the religious habit on December 28, 1922, and made profession of her vows on December 29, 1924.

Sister Maria Agnes served as a teacher at Marywood Seminary in Scranton, PA, and St. Dominic School in Oyster Bay, NY.

Sister also served as principal at the following schools: St. Joseph School in Danville, PA; St. Dominic School in Oyster Bay, NY; and St. Ann School in Scranton, PA.

She is preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, William J., and James M., and two sisters, Isabella McGee and Eleanor A. McFadden.

She is survived by four sisters, Mary Carr, Irene E. McGee, Kathleen Jane Vannucci, and Josephine Dolan, nieces and nephews, and an aunt in community, Sister M. Ferdinand O’Connell, IHM.

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:

Sister Maria Agnes, possessed of a brilliant mind, brought a distinct enthusiasm to her work first at Marywood Seminary and then for seventeen years at St. Dominic’s, Oyster Bay. Her many talents and cheerful disposition were brought to the attention of her Superiors, and soon she served as principal of our schools in Danville, Oyster Bay, and at St. Ann’s in Scranton. This little Sister must often have prayed the “Suscipe” – “Receive, O Lord, all my liberty, Take my memory, my understanding, and my entire will. Whatever I have or hold, Thou has given me; I give it all back to Thee and commit it wholly to be governed by Thy will. Thy love and Thy grace give unto me, and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more.” In the inscrutable wisdom of God, this brilliant intellect became obscured, and for twelve years God saw fit to “take her memory and her understanding.”

She was beloved by all at the Marian Convent, where she was a dear patient, docile to all who lovingly took care of her. A brief bodily illness was the signal that death was near. On March 5, God called to Himself the soul of Sister Maria Agnes. In the eternal realms, her great intellect was again opened to the beauties of the God to whom she had really given all.

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