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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
Fax: 845-227-1862
Rev. Mother Gloria Castro, OBT

Rev. Mother Gloria Castro, OBT

December 11, 1924 - March 21, 2021
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Rev. Mother Gloria Castro, OBT, 96, died peacefully on March 21, 2021 at her home at St. Aloysius Novitiate, surrounded by her loving sisters. She dedicated herself to religious life for more than 75 years, as well as to the Catholic education of children.

Born in El Salvador, she was the daughter of Tacio and Maria Silvia Castro. Mother Gloria studied at the Normal School for Teachers in San Salvador. She received a Bachelors Degree in Education from Fordham University and a Masters in School Administration from Columbia University.

In 1944, she entered the Congregation of Sisters Oblates to Divine Love in El Salvador. Four years later, she immigrated to the United States and was instrumental in opening the first parish school at St. Clare of Assisi Parish in the Bronx in 1951 where she served as the first principal for 16 years and as a math teacher for more than 20 years.

In 1960, Mother Gloria assisted in the acquisition of a property in Hopewell Junction that became St. Aloysius Novitiate. It is here where the future religious Sisters of the Order are formed. In 1972, the Sisters started an early childhood program: St. Aloysius Happy House Learning Center, which expanded to include nursery, pre-k and kindergarten classes throughout the years. Mother Gloria served as the second principal of St. Aloysius Happy House for 28 years.

In 1966, Mother Gloria became the Provincial Superior of the Sacred Heart Province. She was elected as the Vicar General in 1969 and in 1975 became the Superior General. During this time, Mother Gloria lived in Via Marruvio in Rome. She returned to the United States in 1981 and continued her work at St. Clare School.

Under Mother Gloria’s guidance, the Oblates to the Blessed Trinity were formed in 1987 in the Archdiocese of New York. In addition to St. Aloysius Novitiate, they also have Blessed Trinity Convent in the Bronx. Mother Gloria spent her “retirement” years at St. Aloysius where her untiring spirit, sustained by her deep spirituality and belief in God, continued to make her an example of true dedication in the service of the Church as an Oblate to the Blessed Trinity.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 1-5pm at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday at 11:30am at St. Columba Church, 835 Route 82, Hopewell Junction followed by interment in St. Denis Cemetery.

PLEASE NOTE: In compliance with NYS guidelines, social distancing and face masks will be required. Since capacity may be limited, all attendees should be prepared for potential extended waiting periods.

Memorial donations may be made to Oblates to the Blessed Trinity, St. Aloysius Novitiate, P.O. Box 98, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533. Please visit Mother’s Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    895 Route 82
    HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY 12533
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  • Service

    Monday, March 29, 2021 | 11:30am
    When
    Monday, March 29, 2021 11:30am
    Location
    St. Columba Church
    Address
    835 Route 82
    HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY 12533
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  • Interment

    Location
    St. Denis Cemetery
    Address
    604 Beekman Road
    HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY 12533
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S. Castro Cusimano, Cris B. Castro K.

Posted at 10:50am
To my dear Aunt Rev. Gloria Castro, OBT, You will be forever in my thoughts and prayers. Cristina 'Tinty' B Castro Knotts and Bobadilla Castro Fam.

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Alessandra Romano & family

Posted at 09:48am
I pray for you Mother Gloria that all angels and Saints welcome you with embraces and songs. I will miss you. Love, Alessandra Romano & family

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Esperanza

Posted at 08:56am
Lo siento mucho y los acompaño en sus sentimientos. Solo quería compartir unas palabras alentadoras de Jehová Dios en su palabra la biblia acerca de nuestros seres queridos que fallecieron. ¿Quiénes resucitarán? Jesús dijo que “todos los que están en las tumbas conmemorativas oirán su voz y saldrán” (Juan 5:28, 29, nota). Y la Biblia también dice: “El mar entregó a los muertos que había en él, y la muerte y la Tumba entregaron a los muertos que había en ellas” (Apocalipsis 20:13). Así que igual que Jesús resucitó a Lázaro desde su tumba aquí en la tierra después de tres días así también hará con nuestros seres queridos que han fallecido. Sí, miles de millones de personas resucitarán aquí en la tierra. El apóstol Pablo dijo que “va a haber una resurrección tanto de justos como de injustos” (lea Hechos 24:15). ¿Qué quiso decir? Entre ellos están los miles de millones de personas que no tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer a Jehová. Aunque murieron, Jehová no se ha olvidado de ellos. Adonde dice la biblia que los resucitarán? Salmos 37:29 nos dice: Los justos heredarán la tierra y vivirán en ella para siempre. Como pudieron ver es aquí en la tierra donde resucitarán y vivirán para siempre en ella. De seguro es una esperanza maravillosa para los resucitados y también una bendición para aquellos que sirvan a Jehová y por su misericordia estar presentes para recibirlos. Él los resucitará y les dará la oportunidad de conocerlo y de ser sus siervos igual que Lázaro y otros en la biblia que fueron resucitado aquí en la tierra con el poder que Jehová le dio a su amado hijo Jesús. Desean aprender que es lo que Jehová Dios nos dice en su palabra la biblia para poder estar entre aquellos que recibirán a sus seres queridos descansando en la muerte? Déjenme saber a mi correo electrónico o visitando a JW.org y pidiendo un estudio gratuito de la biblia. Con mucho gusto lo ayudaremos.
MC

Megan Cleary

Posted at 08:14pm
I knew Mother Gloria from when I attended Saint Aloysius as a child and had the pleasure of seeing her often at Saint Columba Church over the years. She had such an amazing heart and truly made a difference in my Catholic school education. She truly emulated the teachings of Christ and made a difference in the lives of so many. I will always remember Mother Gloria.
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Cristina B Knotts

Posted at 04:37pm
Aunt Gloria, you are not forgotten my dearest Aunt nor will you ever be
as long as life
and memory last
We will remember thee.
The fact that you are not longer here will always cause me pain, but you're forever in my heart until we meet again. Your niece, Cristina" Tinty" to you.
🙏🙌🙏
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