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Sister Marie Becker

Sister Marie, a native of Claymont, Delaware, entered the community in 1953 and was an educator most of her religious life.  Sister was novice mistress for several years and served several terms on the community council.  She has a Master of Arts degree from Manhattanville College and a Master of Science in Language Arts from the University of Delaware. 


Sister Marie is now retired from active ministry, she writes the community chronicles, keeps the community’s history and daily events up to date. 


Early in the morning, one can find Sister in the kitchen preparing home-made bread, and she can always be counted on to offer a helping hand in the kitchen. 


Reading, doing word and jigsaw puzzles, and watching jeopardy are Sister Marie's favorite pastimes.

Sister Mary Elizabeth Cassidy

Sister Mary Elizabeth, a native of Wilmington, has served our Benedictine community, the diocese and the greater community in many ways.  She has served on numerous community committees, taught elementary and junior high students and served as principal.  Mary Elizabeth ministered in adult education and retreat work.  She served on diocesan committees focused on education and religious life as well as on the board of Sacred Heart Village.  She earned her bachelor's degree from Mount Saint Scholastica College and her master’s degree from LaSalle University. 


Sister is very interested in what is going on in the community and the congregation, and she is willing to give her suggestions and recommendations for planning for the future. 

Sister Mary DiMeglio

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sister Mary had many of our sisters as her teachers at Saint Elizabeth.  She entered the community in 1975 and was successful as a teacher of special needs children and teenage clients.  She has an Associate Degree in Library Science and a B.S. in Communications and earned her Master’s in Special Education at Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland.


Sister Mary had worked in a library for over 20 years.  While there, Sister was friendly, kind, and helpful and had a knack for finding a desired book for a patron or a missing book for another library.  She also provided a listening ear for her co-workers.

Sister is the coordinator for community retreats and is also our community musician.  She is the woman behind the music at Saint Gertrude's, playing the keyboard during our liturgies and all of the community’s prayer and celebrations. She is a former co-director for the Oblates and continues to be involved with them


Sister Mary likes music, journaling, and reading.  In her younger years, she also had fun when she was whitewater rafting, hiking and camping. 

Sister Mary Agnes Dugan

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sister Mary Agnes entered the community in 1954.  Sister is a graduate of Saint Elizabeth High School and attended Villanova University and Loyola College.  She taught primary grades for a number of years. 


Sister Mary Agnes has worked at the Benedictine Schools Program and Services for the past 43 years.  She is dorm mother, which means she gets the children up in the morning, teaches them how to dress and make their bed before taking them to breakfast.  She meets them again at 3 pm to help them with their play clothes and gets them a snack.  In between, Sister is director of the Industrial Training Center.  All her work is done on the computer, where she prepares the payroll for the open community.  In addition, she is the one who orders the uniform shirts and makes sure they get embroidered. 


She is a very dedicated person both to her children and to her work.  Many tasks not included in her job description are accomplished quietly and efficiently by Sister.  

Sister Gerard Falkowska

Sister Gerard, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, served as principal of Saint Elizabeth Elementary School for more than thirty years.  She earned her bachelors' and masters' degrees in administration from Villanova University.  In addition to her dedication to education, Sister was very much committed to Pacem in Terris, an organization dedicated to Peace on Earth.  In 1998, Sister was chosen for the "Peacemaker Among Us" award in Delaware.  In 2019 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of St. Elizabeth School. In 2024 she celebrated 70 years as a Benedictine Sister.


Presently, Sister Gerard, as sub-prioress, looks after the sisters and the monastery needs when the prioress is unavailable.  Sister can often be seen decorating the chapel or writing anniversary cards to the priests in the diocese.  Her quiet manner makes her very approachable, and she is always willing to be of help. 


She loves this country and is very proud of her Polish heritage.

Sister Catherine Godfrey

A native of New York City, Sister Catherine, Prioress, entered the Little Sisters of the Poor in 1963 and received her Degree in Nursing in 1972 from College Misericordia, Dallas, Pennsylvania.  Sister worked in long term care as Director of Nursing for nearly eighteen years.  Sister transferred to the Benedictine Sisters in 1991 and worked for many years at the Benedictine School as a registered nurse.  


Sister Catherine Godfrey, as our prioress, has the responsibility to care for the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of the Sisters.  In addition, Sister assumes the daily overseeing of the monastery and all of its needs.  As spiritual leader of the community, she makes sure there is ongoing formation and she leads prayer on a daily basis.  As a registered nurse, Sister Catherine enjoys hands on care of the Sisters and visits Sisters who may not be feeling well.  She often accompanies her sisters to doctor’s appointments and oversees their individual needs and in general, makes sure she is available to each member of the community.  


She prides herself on her Irish heritage, enjoys frequent contact with her sister and close friends. She is an avid reader and enjoys a variety of music. 

Sister  Margaret Mary Graney

Sister Margaret Mary is a native of Wilmington, Delaware who taught

children for thirty-one years.

Sister helped start a prayer community, Faith and Light, in

Wilmington. This community is for and with mentally challenged

adults. She is very much involved in interacting socially and

spiritually with the members of the Faith and Light community.


Sister Margaret Mary was a drug and alcohol counselor for 15 years.

She was manager of Sacred Heart Village II, a senior living complex

for low-income housing, and recently became assistant manager so

she could work part-time. She continues to enjoy interacting with and

assisting the residents.

Sister  Eleanor Murray

Sister Eleanor entered our community in 1984. Sister claims Benedictine blood, because Sister Anselma Biskach and other Ridgely Benedictines taught at Sacred Heart School in Wilmington when her father (Tom Murray), Sister’s Uncle (Father Anselm Murray, OSB) and her aunt (Mary Delle Donne) were students there.


A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sister earned a degree in Child Development from the University of Delaware and ministered as a lay teacher in diocesan schools for eleven years before entering our community. During several of Sister’s years of teaching Third Grade at Saint Elizabeth School, Sister Eleanor also taught Fourth Grade students to play the recorder. Sister enjoyed working with her former students in a different setting.


Sister Eleanor is currently the Community Treasurer, working part-time in our Finance Office. Having completed a program in Spiritual Direction at Neumann University, Sister ministers as a spiritual director, meeting with directees at our monastery.


When not attending to her responsibilities as treasurer or spiritual director, Sister participates in community activities, provides transportation for others as needed, and creates times to play her recorder, work on puzzles, read, and keep in contact with her family.

Sister Mary Lou Robino

Sister Mary Lou Robino, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, entered our community in 1955.  She has a B.S. in Secondary Education and spent her early years as both teacher and principal.  In addition, she directed the Girls’ Choir for fourteen years. Because she felt called to work with people with social/emotional problems, Sister obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work and spent 26 years at a Catholic agency offering services to clients with a variety of needs. One of her early desires was to be a school counselor and so in 1998, she became Holy Angels Elementary School counselor. 


Upon her retirement from counseling, Sister Mary Lou volunteered for nine years in the Emergency Department of St. Francis Hospital where she visited the patients to ensure their needs were being met.  She was also a member of St. Francis Junior Board and offered her services in the Polly-Anna Gift Shop waiting on staff and visitors. 


Sister is co-director of the Oblates and has under her care men and women who wish to live the Benedictine way of life.   In addition, Sister Mary Lou plans all community liturgies and celebrations.


Sister Mary Lou is very involved in community activities, and in her spare time she enjoys singing, theater, and caring for the monastery plants.  She says reading and quiet times in prayer are what energize her most.

Sister Marlies Tomczyk

Sister Marlies was born in Heerlen, the Netherlands and speaks Dutch and understands German.  She is also proficient in American Sign Language.  She worked at the Benedictine School for many years as a residential dorm supervisor and classroom teacher's aide. 


She recently assumed the responsibility of working in the community finance office and is learning all that is necessary to keep the community’s finances in order. 


Sister Marlies is a trained cosmetologist and is seen often fixing one of the Sister’s hair. Sister is adept at pergamano, making beautiful, one-of-a-kind cards in her spare time. 

Sr. Mary Elizabeth Cassidy
Sr. Mary DiMeglio
Sr. Mary Agnes Dugan
Sr. Gerard Falkowska
Sr. Catherine Godfrey
Sr. Marie Becker
Sr. Margaret Mary Graney
Sr. MaryLou Robino
Sr. Eleanor Murrary
Sr. Marlies Tomczyk
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