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Marise Hrabosky, CDP

Sister Marise Hrabosky entered religious life from Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (now Holy Redeemer) parish in Ellwood City, PA. She credits her parents’ prayerfulness and faithfulness to God for influencing her decision to become a Sister. She says, “God was always a priority in our family living. My parents, Bill and Mary, taught that and lived it. ... I recall that my dad would get up early so that he could attend Mass before going to work, and my mom always relied on God in her daily living. ... For three years I attended Catholic School, educated by the Sisters of St. Lucy Filippini; they introduced me to religious life.”

For almost 35 years, Sister Marise ministered as a teacher and principal in Pittsburgh, Dover, OH, and Detroit—serving the longest at Providence Heights Alpha School in Allison Park, PA (1976–82). She was also a social parish minister at Our Lady of Grace in Scott Township, PA (1991–98) before assuming the ministry of co-director of Providence Heights (1998–2002). In 2003, she returned to parish ministry at Good Samaritan parish in Ambridge, PA, serving there for 12 years. Presently, she is a caregiver to her 100-year-old mother.

Self-described as joyful, grateful and welcoming, dear to Sister Marise's heart is delighting in and caring for God’s earth. It’s no surprise, then, that she enjoys being outdoors and planting and caring for her garden. She also enjoys "paper visits" to people whom God has placed in her life journey over the past 65 years as a support and to help them remember God's love. She says, "What an amazing journey God has given to me as a woman of Providence! At times, it was difficult and challenging. God's loving presence sustained me. I experienced that gift through the children I taught and their families (it's always a joy to reconnect with them; I still correspond with Judy, who I taught my first year teaching!); the elderly, sick, bereaved and poor who I attended and their example of faith and trust; and parish staff members whose example of dedication and generosity lifted my spirit in their friendship and support. I have been privileged to gaze at the many faces of Christ! What a gift to be part of the Communion of Saints." Sister Marise's favorite Scripture quote is Romans 8:28: “For those that love God, all things work out unto good.”

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