Maura Luffy, CDP

Sr. Maura Luffy entered the Sisters of Divine Providence from St. Basil Parish, Carrick, in 1949. She is the 9th of 11 children born to Margaret and Craig Luffy. Her sister, Sr. Marlene, is also a member of the community.

When their father died, their mother continued to raise a close-knit family. Realizing that her call to Religious Life is a gift, Sr. Maura credits her mother’s life of faith and good example, for her decision to become a religious. 

Sr. Maura earned a Bachelor Degree in Education from Duquesne University, a certificate in Theology from Mount Mercy, now Carlow University, and a Master of Arts in Religious Education from La Salle University, with additional studies in Spirituality.

Sr. Maura’s teaching ministry took her to Etna, Braddock, Spring Hill, Allison Park (Marycrest High School), Carrick and Sharpsburg. When St. Mary High School in Sharpsburg closed, Sr. Maura opened a Youth house, based in the former Madonna Convent, where three other Sisters joined her. The convent was renamed, Ketteler House.

Sr. Maura was appointed Director of Novices; elected to the Provincial Council in 1980 and subsequently to the General Council in Rome in 1990.

Returning from Rome in 1995 she accepted the position as Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph Catholic Community in Sykesville, Md. On returning to Pittsburgh in 2001, she served as co-director at Providence Villa, and continued her ministry as Spiritual Director until she gradually moved into retirement and to ministry of prayer and presence.

Sr. Maura can be described as a perfectionist, friendly, bright, likeable, and has a sense of humor. She likes to read, play games, work crossroad puzzles, and enjoys good conversation.

As Sr. Maura reflects on her life she says, “I feel a quiet happiness and a sense of deep gratitude for all the blessings God has provided for me; and I say to myself, ‘What a Wonderful Life’”!

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