Born into an Irish Catholic family of six children, Sister Mary Cordia Grimes was one of three girls who became Sisters of St. Joseph. Her mother taught them to trust in God’s Providence, and her father often spoke of the “Good God.”
For more than 35 years, Sister Mary Cordia ministered as a teacher in the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg, and Pittsburgh. She taught at Bishop McCort High School, Johnstown (1943-51, 1971-75), Bishop Guilfoyle High School, Altoona (1952-57), and Greensburg Catholic High School, Greensburg (1975-77). She also served as principal at Annunciation High School, North Side (1957-59), and as Assistant Principal at Bishop Carroll, Ebensburg (1961-63), and Fontbonne Academy, Bethel Park (1963-1971). Sister Mary Cordia subsequently served as coordinator of St. Bernard Convent in Pittsburgh, and as Motherhouse Coordinator of the infirmary. In recent years, she volunteered at the Motherhouse and Villa St. Joseph.
Known for her graciousness, deep spirituality and listening heart, Sister Mary Cordia radiates the joy of religious life and, many sisters credit her for nurturing their calling.
“I had an early sense of God’s love for me and a desire to deepen that love through relationships. Relationships with God, neighbors, and others make life meaningful,” she says.