Sr. Almerinda Costa, 92, a member of the congregation of the Sisters of St. Dorothy who taught for many years at both the Academy of St. Dorothy in Grasmere and St. Patrick’s School, Richmond, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Carmel-Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Dongan Hills.
Born and raised in Bristol, Sr. Almerinda arrived on Staten Island, age 14, to attend the former St. Patrick’s Academy, a boarding school in Richmond.
She entered the Sisters of St. Dorothy in 1937 as a postulant and took her final vows in 1946.
Sr. Almerinda earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the former Catholic Teachers College in Providence. She attended both Fordham University and Boston College, where she earned a master’s degree in education. She also earned a master’s degree in theology from St. Louis (Mo.) University.
She served in many capacities within the congregation. She was director of novices from 1962 to 1969 and was provincial of the order from 1970 to 1980.
She began her teaching career at St. Dorothy’s, where she taught from 1956 to 1962. She returned to St. Dorothy’s in 1969, and served as principal for a year. She taught eighth grade at St. Patrick’s from 1984 through 1994, when she retired. She continued to live in the convent of St. Patrick’s, serving as convent coordinator, until 2006, when she became a resident of Carmel-Richmond.
Sr. Almerinda is remembered by her fellow sisters as faith-filled and as an avid reader who kept abreast of current events and enjoyed discussing religious topics. She was also known for her keen mind and sharp wit.
Sr. Almerinda is survived by two sisters, Philomenia Palmeri and Sr. Dorothy Costa.
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