Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Friday, February 23, 2018

HAMDEN – Sister Maria Gabriel (Margaret Elizabeth) McClain, an Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of Sacred Heart Manor, died on Jan. 18, 2012, at the manor.

She was born on May 1, 1915, in Wilkinsburg, Pa., a daughter of the late William and Catherine McCarthy McClain. She entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Aug. 18, 1932, in New Haven, and professed her first vows Aug. 23, 1934, and her perpetual vows Aug. 24, 1943.

She graduated from St. Anthony High School in St. Louis, Mo., and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from St. Louis University in St. Louis and a Master of Library Science degree from St. John University, in New York.

Sister Gabriel was in religious life for 77 years, during most of which she was a teacher and librarian. She taught in elementary schools in Missouri, New York and Pennsylvania, and ministered in social work at St. Donato Parish in New Haven. She was at Sacred Heart Academy for 39 years, first as a teacher and then, for 31 years, as the head librarian of the Mary and James DiMeo Library of Sacred Heart Academy.

After her retirement from the academy, she assisted at Mount Sacred Heart Provincial House and at Sacred Heart Manor. She retired to the latter in 1998.

Sister Gabriel was predeceased by her brothers, Henry, William and James, and her sister, Helen Johnston. She is survived by a sister, Mary Noon of Maryland; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and her religious family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 21, 2012, in the chapel at Sacred Heart Manor. Burial was in All Saints Cemetery in North Haven.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Manor, 261 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514-2801.