Sister Marlene Luffy entered religious life from St. Basil parish in Pittsburgh. Her parents, through their prayer and example, modeled for her a reverence for life, and she learned from them a respect for the sacred. It was in this environment that she grew in the development of faith, and it greatly influenced her decision to become a Sister. One of 11 children, her sister Maura is also a Sister of Divine Providence.
Her ministry in teaching, which began in 1954, spanned 30 years, including St. Anne School in Pittsburgh (teacher, 1957-69; principal 1977-88). One of her students at St. Anne stood out to her. She recalls, “I knew that he would become a leader.” And David J. Hickton did just that, as he is the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Sister Marlene still keeps in touch with her former student.
Later in her ministry, she was the bereavement facilitator with Catholic Charities and coordinator of the bereavement ministry in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She has served as office manager for Center City Parishes, a merger of Epiphany Catholic Church, St. Benedict the Moor, and St. Mary of Mercy, and since 2008, has been the administrative assistant.
As a religious, Sister Marlene says, “I am human, and an ordinary person, who chose to live a vowed life in community and with simplicity, in which my values take root in a lifestyle that is not of the ordinary and, for the most part, runs counter-cultural to our society. I am not perfect, but I strive to be faithful to the call.”