As early as first grade, Sister Natalie Marchetti knew she wanted to be a nun. “I wanted to be like that Sister who was teaching me (she was taught by the Sisters of Divine Providence). She was a small lady, but she was just fantastic.” She was so impressed by her teacher that she would often role play at home, borrowing her mom’s black sweater so that she could wear it on her head like a wimple, and then she would set up a mock classroom, using pillows as her students. In 1946, when she was a junior in high school, she entered the Community.
Sister Natalie’s teaching ministry spanned almost 30 years. She taught at St. Mary in Sharpsburg (1949-43), St. Joan of Arc in Massachusetts (1953-55), St. Sylvester in Brentwood (1955-58; 62-63), Sacred Heart in Tarentum (1958-62), St. Martin in Pittsburgh’s West End (1969-70), St. Mary in Ford City (1971-72), St. Bonaventure in Glenshaw (1972-79), St. Joseph in Duquesne (1979-82), and Providence Heights Alpha School in Allison Park (teacher 1982-87; 87-91; librarian 97-05). After retiring from teaching, she was a receptionist at La Roche College (2006-09). Since 2009, she has been the sacristan at Providence Heights. She particularly enjoys preparing the chapel for Christmas and Easter because these seasons are so spiritually impressive to her.
Sister Natalie recommends that in life, “You should follow your instincts, be practical, be natural, and love what you do.”