2015 Jubilarian – Gloria (Roberta Marie) Glinski
Sister Gloria Glinski and her two brothers grew up in Hamtramck, Mich. She attended St. Ladislaus School but transferred to Girls Catholic Central High School for her junior and senior years; the IHM Sisters taught her there.
She had an aunt who was an IHM, and she “always knew the blue sisters.” She remembers as a child with her mother and being mesmerized while watching a group of IHM Sisters get on a bus on Woodward Avenue. She knew she wanted to be a “blue nun” too.
“I was just drawn to be a sister,” she notes. “I think it was the calling I had when I was just a little girl.” She joined the community with her parents’ blessing just a couple of months after graduating from high school.
“My dad was extremely happy about it,” Sister Gloria recalls, because she would be in the community with her father’s sister. She thought she knew the kind of life she was going to have, but there were a few surprises. She said the time was challenging but the sisters came together to support one another.
Sister Gloria’s first mission was teaching second grade at St. Joseph in Monroe. Following her profession, she taught second grade at St. Boniface in Detroit for one year before going to teach second grade at St. Stephen in Port Huron for seven “happy and experiential” years. One of her fondest memories was the time the sixth grade class escorted her second grade class to the lake for a picnic; the children (and adults) had an enjoyable day of playing on the beach. After St. Stephen, Sister Gloria taught second grade at Our Lady of Good Counsel for five years. She enjoyed her second-graders, getting them ready for their First Communion and helping them to understand that “Jesus himself is coming to you through that bread.”
She continued teaching for a total of 36 years – at Michigan schools in Battle Creek, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Flint, as well as a year at St. Rene in Chicago – before she felt called to a new ministry.
Sister Gloria went back to school to study gerontology and then ministered at Marian Place in Monroe for two years. This was followed by five years as the bookkeeper at Cadillac Nursing Home in Detroit prior to a year’s sabbatical. She spent the next five years in Florida, caring for the elderly and serving in pastoral care. She returned to Monroe in 1997 and ministered in Pastoral Care within the Motherhouse Health Care Center.
Sister Gloria enjoyed the family-like feeling at the convents and having the opportunity to explore nearby areas. She is grateful for “the call to come to the IHM community. It has been a blessing in my life.”