Artistic Expressions: S. Mary Gerard Cheng

The pictured window box was one of S. Mary Gerard Cheng’s unique creations. Born in 1918 in Hankow, China, S. Mary Gerard was one of 12 children. She first met the Sisters of Charity when working in an American library in her hometown. S. Mary Gerard entered the SC novitiate in China in 1947. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1962 and volunteered go to Peru when the SCs opened South American missions that year, she remained there for 10 years. S. Mary Gerard was humored by the fact that a Chinese Sister went to a Spanish-speaking country to teach English. Prior to that she taught at Springer Institute, Cincinnati, 1950-’62 and taught art at St. Gabriel, Glendale, 1973-’87. S. Mary Gerard was very artistic, working in a variety of mediums, but especially enjoyed needlepoint and crochet.