Sister Phyllis Scello entered the community of the Sisters of Divine Providence on September 8, 1956. She was impressed by the example of the Sisters of Divine Providence who taught her in elementary school. She also credits her kind-hearted and faith-filled family, especially her parents.
Sister Phyllis received her bachelor’s degree in education from La Roche College and a master’s degree in education from Duquesne University. She was a teacher for 26 years in the Pittsburgh and Greensburg Diocese, and a principal for 20 years. Sister Phyllis thrived as an educator. She loved the children so much that she poured her heart into the families and knew each and every child by name. She could always be found in the school or the gym supporting her students' activities with high praises. As adults, many of her students came back to visit her to express their gratitude and thank her for her unconditional love and patience.
After retiring as an educator, Sr. Phyllis continued in ministry as a Patient Attendant at Forbes Regional Hospital in Pittsburgh. Having a gentle spirit, she would sit, listen and pray for those in need. Presently, Sr. Phyllis lives in a residence for seniors and, if a friend is in need of spiritual counseling, she is always available to sit with them and pray for them.