Wheeling Jubilarians – 2021 – Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Wheeling Jubilarians – 2021

Sister Angelina Cavallaro, CSJ

80 Years

Sister Angelina Cavallaro entered the Congregation of St. Joseph from her home parish of St. Francis Borgia in Anmoore, West Virginia, on August 15, 1941. Following her novitiate experience, she professed her vows on St. Joseph’s day in 1944. Sister received a B.S.Ed. degree in elementary education from Duquesne University and an M.S.Ed. degree in special education from St. Louis University.

As a teacher, Sister Angelina served first in diocesan elementary schools: St. Agnes in Charleston; St. Peter School and St. Joseph Villa Kindergarten in Fairmont; St. Francis Xavier in Moundsville; and Blessed Martin in Wheeling. She also served as house parent and teacher at St. Vincent Home for Girls in Wheeling. From 1961 until 1969 she provided a Special Education Class for special needs students in Wheeling and neighboring cities. From 1969-1979, she served as a faculty member in the Department of Education at West Liberty State College.

Following preparation and certification in clinical pastoral education, Sister Angelina embarked on a new career in pastoral ministry in 1979. Until her retirement to Mount St. Joseph in 1997, she served the pastoral needs of patients and families at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, and St. Joseph Hospital in Parkersburg.

Sister Angelina is currently active in prayer ministry at Mount St. Joseph, and expresses deep gratitude to her family, her community and especially to God for all her life’s blessings.

Sister Rose McBreen, CSJ

(Rose Immaculate)

80 Years

Gretchen Cecilia McBreen, of Epiphany Parish in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, entered the Congregation at St. Joseph in Wheeling on January 6, 1941. Upon reception into the novitiate, she became known as Sister Rose Immaculate, a name she shortened in the late 1960s to simply Rose. Sister received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was certified to teach biology, art, and home economics. Later she received a Master of Science in Education degree from Duquesne University. She also studied art at Catholic University in Washington, DC, for a full year – living on campus.

As a teacher, Sister Rose ministered at Corpus Christi and Blessed Martin Grade Schools, St. Joseph Academy, and Central Catholic High School in Wheeling; Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg; Fairmont Catholic High School; and St. Joseph High School in Huntington. From 1984-2003, she participated in social ministry to women in need by her endeavors at Madonna House and the Sisters of St. Joseph House of Hospitality in East Wheeling.

Sister Rose retired to Mount St. Joseph in 2004, where she continues to support the Congregation in prayer ministry.

Sister Virginia Yeager, CSJ

(Mary Helen)

60 Years

Sister Virginia (Ginny) Yeager, originally from St. Michael Parish in Wheeling, entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in 1961, having graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic High School. She made her first profession of vows on the Feast of St. Ignatius in 1964. Sister received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education from St. John College in Cleveland; a certificate in Spirituality and Worship from the Jesuit School of Theology, and an MA in Applied Theology through the School of Applied Theology in Berkeley, California; certification as both a Board Certified Chaplain and supervisor through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains as well as Board Certified Educator with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Initially she taught in parochial schools: St. Francis Xavier in Moundsville, Blessed Trinity in Wheeling and at Fairmont Catholic. She also served as pastoral associate at St. Theresa Parish in Morgantown and provided pastoral service as a staff member of the Wheeling-Charleston Office of Spirituality and Worship. She ministered at St. Francis Hospital/Thomas Health System in Charleston as Vice-President for Mission and Director of Pastoral Care and the Clinical Pastoral Education Program from 1991 until her retirement in 2019. In times past, she served within her congregation as Coordinator of Formation and Novice Director as well as in Community Leadership for ten years as well served on the original CSJ Community Life and Ministry Committee.


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