Sister Germaine (formerly Sister Mary Immaculata) graduated from Trinity College, Burlington, Vermont, with a bachelor’s degree in education. She also received a certificate in clinical pastoral education from St. John’s Hospital, Tewksbury, Massachusetts
She entered the Sisters of Mercy of Vermont on September 8, 1942, and professed her vows on April 7, 1945. For 35 years, she taught in Catholic schools in Burlington, Barre, Montpelier and Middlebury, Vermont. She also taught religious education in many parishes in the Diocese of Burlington.
Throughout her years of ministry, Sister Germaine gently touched the lives of many. She established and served in the hospitality ministry at Mount Saint Mary Convent for more than 20 years, ministering to patients and families dealing with critical illnesses. Sister also ministered in pastoral care: visiting the sick and elderly in private homes, nursing homes and hospitals in the Barre area.
At the end of her active ministries, she assisted the Sisters of Mercy and kept in prayer her family, friends, Sisters and all those to whom she ministered. She was rarely idle.
Sister Germaine sewed and mended items for whoever asked, including residents and staff at Our Lady of Providence Residence. She also crocheted, walked and listened deeply. Sister Germaine was grounded in gratitude, optimism, fait, and love. She was humble and exuded radiance and Mercy.