Franciscan Sister’s Pastor’s Recommendation Important to Call

by Sister Julie Ann on November 25, 2016

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Community Director Natalie Binversie reflects on Sister Mary Kevin Mitchka’s call to be a Franciscan Sister. Click here to download PDF document of Wake Reflection by Sister Natalie Binversie. 

In a letter dated May 15, 1940 her pastor, Father Henry G. Riordan wrote the following letter of recommendation to Mother Perpetua:

Dear Reverend Mother: 

This letter is to commend Miss Rosemary Mitchka, a graduate of our school who is planning to enter your convent.  She is a girl of good moral character, a high degree of piety, and unusual talent; and she comes from one of the finest families in our parish.  I pray she may persevere in her vocation.

                                                                                  In Christ and Our Lady,

                                                                                 Sincerely yours, G. Riordan, Pastorsister -mary-kevin-mitchka-and-parentsRosemary did enter Holy Family Convent on June 13, 1940.  She completed her High School at Holy Family Academy receiving her diploma in 1943.  At the time of Reception Rosemary received the name, Sister Mary Kevin.  Since the name “Kevin” was an Irish name, Mother Perpetua found it to be a good name for her.  Sister Mary Kevin continued her education at Holy Family College earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1960 with a Major in English and a Minor in History.  She also attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA earning a Master’s Degree in Education with a Major in Administration and a Minor in Reading in 1970.franciscan-sister-mary-kevin

Sister Mary Kevin was an elementary school teacher for 27 years, the Diocesan Supervisor for Wheeling, West Virginia for two years, a principal for about 20 years and about 20 more years in Parish Ministry.

2 thoughts on “Franciscan Sister’s Pastor’s Recommendation Important to Call”

  1. annemarielom says:

    The Pastor’s recommendation for Sister Mary Kevin proved true throughout her life. The words, “She is a girl of good moral character, a high degree of piety, and unusual talent; and she comes from one of the finest families in our parish.” create a picture of what Sister Mary Kevin created where ever she went. She was aware of Jesus with a practical piety, certainly had unusual talent by relating to a variety of personalities and had the support of her many cousins, aunts and uncles… a fine family indeed. Thank you for reminding us the nurturing tools of a religious vocation: prayer, family and ability to relate to Jesus in the presence of others!

  2. YES, Sr. Mary Kevin was one of my mentors & we shared much on the journey especially when she was stationed in Wheeling, W.VA.
    THANK YOU & rest in the peace & love of Christ, dear Sister!
    Our loss, but HEAVEN’S gain!

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