May Her Soul Rest In Peace

Age 100 

Sister Alma Marie Wedge, SC

Sister Alma Marie Wedge (Rosalma) was born on November 17, 1912 in Leominster, MA, daughter of Oliver and Sophie Cooper Wedge. She attended Oxford Private School in Worcester, MA and Wadleigh High School before entering the Sisters of Charity on April 26, 1931. Sister Alma earned her BS in Educational Psychology, her MA and PhD in Sociology from St. John’s University, and later received NYS permanent certification as a psychiatric social worker. Sister Alma’s early ministry was in education at the New York Catholic Protectory and St. Joseph Hall in Brooklyn, followed by Grace Institute, St. Barnabas Elementary and Saints Peter and Paul Schools in the Bronx. From 1957 to 1966 she taught history at Cathedral High School. She then moved to higher education. With her doctorate in Sociology, she taught in St. John’s University, Rutgers University, Stevens Institute, and Kean College.

Sister Alma was the first woman to hold an office in the American Sociological Society; the first Sister to teach in St. John’s University Graduate School; the first Catholic Sister to work for an Episcopal Bishop in New Jersey where she directed a residential treatment center and trained college students for child care. In New York, Sister Alma was the first Director of Public Education for the deinstitutionalization of the mentally retarded. Sister Alma also served as a lecturer at Staten Island Hospital and St. Vincent’s Medical Center School of Nursing in Staten Island. During her years in Staten Island, she organized a Toastmasters International chapter. Sister Alma later became District Governor for the New York State region and a member of their hall of fame.

Sister Alma’s career was broad. She was a pioneer in many fields, and became known as one who always reached out to the underprivileged and those who needed her assistance in any way. Sister Alma has truly exemplified the commitment to the poor as shown in the life of a Sister of Charity. Rest in peace, Sister Alma. Your many good works follow you.


•Holy Angels NYS Protectory 1932–34, Teacher, Gr. 5
•St. Barnabas 1951–55, Teacher, Gr. 8
SS Peter and Paul 1955–57, Teacher, Gr. 8
•St. Joseph Orphanage 1934–44, Teacher, Gr. 7, 8
•St. Joseph Hall 1934–44, Director, High School Residence
• Grace Institute 1951, Revised Text & Cooking School Sub
•Cathedral High School 1957–66, Teacher
•St. John’s University 1966–68, Instructor, Sociology
• Episcopal Church, Youth Consult Serv. 1968–70, Dir., Residential Treatment Ctr, Program Analyst
•Rutgers University 1968–70, Instructor, Sociology
•Kean College 1970–72, Associate Prof., Sociology
•Jersey City State College 1972–74, Adjunct Prof., Sociology
• North Richmond Mental Health Society 1972–74, Program Analyst for NYC Planning
•St. Vincent School of Nursing 1974–75, Lecturer, Sociology of Religion
•NYS Office of Mental RetardaZon, Dev. Disabilities 1975–81, Public EducaZon Director
•NYS Coordinator, United Cerebral Palsy 1981–83, Assistant Admin., Placement

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