As a third grader at St. Veronica in Ambridge, Sister Silveria Mannion first pondered religious life after experiencing the kind and joyful spirit of her teacher, Sister Mildred (Ildephonse) Boeh.
Known for her gentle nature, Sister Silveria ministered in education for more than 45 years in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Greensburg and Altoona-Johnstown. She taught at St. Bernard, Assumption and Holy Rosary (Pittsburgh) before becoming a guidance counselor at the Diocesan Child Care Center in 1961.
Sister Silveria served as a counselor and teacher at Quigley (Baden) from 1972-1981 and taught art and religion at St. James (Sewickley) from 1984-1999. With a passion for the arts, she recalls feeling overjoyed when one of her canvas paintings sold during Harvest Festival.
After returning to the Motherhouse in 1999, Sister Silveria served 10 years as Sacristan in the Chapel. Embracing each new ministry as a “welcome experience,” she continues to warmly greet all visitors to the Motherhouse dining room.
Sister Silveria credits her parents for modeling God’s love for their nine children and inspiring her devotion to the children she would later teach.
“I loved to learn, and I loved the children no matter what age they were,” she says.