Longtime Our Lady of Mercy teacher Sister M. Borromeo Povero, RSM, 97
Sister of Mercy M. Borromeo Povero died Oct. 16, 2017. She was 97 years old.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Nazareth College, Sister Povero entered the congregation from St. John the Evangelist Church in Rochester in 1942. She also earned a master’s degree in French from Villanova University and a language certification in Italian.
Sister Povero taught at Our Lady of Mercy High School, Brighton; Aquinas Institute, Rochester; St. Ann, Hornell; and Holy Family, Auburn. She also was a founding faculty member of Elmira Notre Dame High School.
During her teaching ministry, Sister Povero led many students on field trips to Europe. In 1974, she traveled to Rome and taught one year on the grounds of the Sacchetti Pine Forest Park, a scenic forest once owned by Pope Pius V.
In 1991, Sister Povero received the Veritas Award from Our Lady of Mercy High School for being a devoted faculty member for more than 31 years. She also was selected and recognized in the first edition of Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
She is survived by her sisters, Anne Liberatore and Sister Illaria Povero, a Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; nieces and nephews; and her sisters in the congregation.
Her funeral liturgy was celebrated at the Mercy Center chapel in Brighton Oct. 18, 2017, with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 1437 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY 14610.