Statement of Cardinal Donald Wuerl on the Death of Sister Bernadette Glodek

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, today issued the following statement regarding the death of Sister Bernadette Glodek, S.N.D.deN.:

“It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Sister Bernadette Glodek who was a tireless advocate for students in the Archdiocese of Washington where she served as a teacher, vice principal, principal and assistant superintendent before leading our education efforts as Secretary for Education. Her deep-rooted faith and love for the Lord was expressed so passionately in her educational ministry.

“With the many people whose lives have been touched by her work, I offer my prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Bernadette, and ask the Lord to grant her eternal rest.”

Sister Glodek entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1955 at Ilchester, Md., and was professed in 1958. From 1991 to 2000, she served on the Maryland Province’s leadership team.

The Archdiocese of Washington honored Sister Glodek with the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 2006 in recognition of her service as Secretary for Education from 2000 to 2005 and Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools from 1985 to 1991. Previously she taught chemistry, mathematics, physics and introductory physical science at the high school level before moving into educational administration.

Sister Glodek died on Saturday, March 15, at her community’s retirement residence, Villa Julie, in Stevenson, Md.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 96 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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