I am delighted to announce to our Parish that I have recently hired Sister Marganne Drago, S.S.J. – a Sister of Saint Joseph (Chestnut Hill), who will be joining our Parish staff to continue the many good works that Sister Mary Ellen Diehl, I.H.M., offered to our Parish during her seven years at Saint John’s.
While Sister Marganne will be responsible for Adult Faith Formation Presentations, she will also be active in our Liturgical ministries, as well as other pastoral responsibilities. I will be working with Sister over the next year to develop a job description that will best suit the wonderful ministries of our Parish.
Sister received a Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education from Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; she earned a Master’s degree in Music/Music Education from Northwestern University and a doctorate in Music from Temple University, Philadelphia. In 2005, Sister Marganne earned a Master’s degree in Liturgy from the Liturgical Institute at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois.
Sister Marganne has served as a Church musician and has taught music, both choral and instrumental, on all grade levels. In addition, she was associate professor and chair of the music department at Chestnut Hill College, was assistant director of Liturgy in the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and served as a consultant to Bishop Pepe in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For the past six years Sister Marganne has served the parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Royersford, Montgomery County, as their Director of Music. Previous to her position at Sacred Heart Parish, Sister was the Director of Music at Stella Maris Parish in South Philadelphia. In addition to music and liturgical responsibilities, she established the ENDOW program (Educating on the Nature of Dignity of Women), has instructed and guided parishioners in the R.C.I.A. program, offered assistance in planning Funerals and Weddings, and has been involved in training Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, and Altar Servers.
Sister has served as adjunct professor most recently at Cabrini University where she taught a course on the Sacraments. Sister Marganne is also a frequent guest presenter for sacrament preparation programs as well as ministry training workshops throughout the Archdiocese. Sister Marganne has also served as a visiting professor at St. Charles Seminary teaching courses in music and the Sacred Liturgy.
Sister Marganne will officially arrive at Saint John the Evangelist Parish to begin her ministry on Monday, September 25th. Sister’s residence will be the back half of the second floor of our Parish Office building. Our Parish Staff is currently working with a contractor to re-configure the back half of the second floor to a private two-bedroom apartment for Sister. We are anticipating that the work which needs to be done will be completed over the next several weeks – hopefully in time for Sister’s arrival.
As we work to prepare Sister’s apartment, I am hoping for some assistance from our parishioners in helping to furnish Sister’s residence. I am working with Sister Marganne and our Parish staff to identify household items that Sister will need in her apartment. I hope to have a list of items we will be looking for in next week’s bulletin. (We currently have many items – some furniture and other household items; but, we may need donations of ‘gently used’ items as we progress and get Sister’s apartment in order.) So, please watch next week’s bulletin for a ‘Wish List” for Sister’s residence; I am hopeful that some parishioners will have many of the items needed for Sister’s apartment they are not currently using, but are in good shape, that they would be willing to donate to our Parish.
I have spoken to Sister Marganne on several occasions over the last two weeks and she is very excited to join our Parish staff and begin this new ministry in her life. For many years Sister has been involved in Music Ministry – which she loves – but she is excited to ‘switch gears’ and return to a ministry of Adult Faith Formation and Liturgical Ministry preparation. I am confident many of our parishioners will benefit from her professional education, but most especially from Sister’s love of our Catholic faith and her desire to share that faith with each of us!
Through the intercession of Saint John the Evangelist, may we be living examples of the gospel that he has handed onto us!
September 17, 2017