Mother Gloria Castro, O.B.T., who served 15 years as the founding principal of St. Clare of Assisi School in the Bronx, died March 21 at St. Aloysius Novitiate in Hopewell Junction, where she resided. She was 96.
Mother Gloria served St. Clare’s as a teacher, 1981-1987, and principal, 1951-1966.
The Oblates to the Blessed Trinity were officially established in the archdiocese under her guidance in 1987.
She also served as superior general, vicar general and provincial superior of the Sacred Heart Province.
In 1960, Mother Gloria assisted in the acquisition of property in Hopewell Junction that became St. Aloysius Novitiate.
Born in El Salvador, she entered the Congregation of Sisters Oblates to Divine Love in 1944 and professed final vows in 1953.
She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Fordham University, and a master’s in school administration from Columbia University.
A Funeral Mass was offered March 29 at St. Columba Church, Hopewell Junction. Burial was in St. Denis Cemetery, Hopewell Junction.