Sister of Mercy Marlene Vigna, 82 - Catholic Courier

Sister of Mercy Marlene Vigna, 82

Mercy Sister Marlene Vigna, who served in various ministries in the Diocese of Rochester, died Sept. 7, 2022. She was 82 years old.

Sister Vigna entered the Sisters of Mercy after graduating from Our Lady of Mercy High School in 1957. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in British and American literature, and a master’s degree in pastoral studies.

She taught in diocesan Catholic schools in Rochester and Auburn and served as pastoral associate at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Peace of Christ Parish (St. James Church), Rochester, and St. Helen Church, Gates.

She then became an interfaith and Catholic chaplain at Rochester Institute of Technology. She was appointed vice president of Mission and Spiritual Care Services for Genesee Mercy Healthcare, serving the needs of St. Jerome and Genesee Memorial hospitals.

In 2001, she was elected to serve on the Rochester leadership team. She wrote many articles on theology, planting of seeds: a joyous task of leadership, and deepening our understanding of solidarity with the poor, the earth, women in the church, culturalism, and antiracism.

Sister Vigna is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary K (Kathy); nieces and nephews; friends; and her sisters in the congregation.

Her funeral liturgy was celebrated in the Mercy Center Chapel Sept. 17, 2022, with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 1437 Blossom Road, Rochester NY 14610.

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