Sisters of St. Joseph mourns loss of Villa Flora administrator



Sister Mary Christine Zimorski, formerly known as Sister Stanislaus Marie, passed away July 2 after 56 years of serving as an educator and administrator throughout the state of Florida.

Zimorski’s teaching ministry began in 1961 at St. Joseph School in Winter Haven, Florida. She taught for two years at St. Theresa School in Coral Gables, Florida, and in 1964 was assigned to St. Patrick’s School in Gainesville.

In 1968, Zimorski was assigned to study for a year at Loyola University Campus, New Orleans, Louisiana.

After returning to Florida, she ministered for a year in the Diocese of Orlando Sisters-at-Large program.

In 1970, a significant assignment was given to Zimorski; she entered the Institute of Formative Spirituality at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Upon the completion of the program, she became Directress of Formation from 1973 to 1978, during which time she was also teaching religion at St. Joseph Academy in St. Augustine.

In 1978, Zimorski was elected General Superior of the Congregation. While in that position, she stayed strongly involved with Mercy Hospital in Miami, where she served as chairperson and member on several of the hospital boards and SSJ Health System.

Upon completing her term of office as General Superior, Zimorski was assigned to St. Mary’s School in Miami from 1987 to 1996.

In 1996, she served as Directress for the Office for Religious in the Archdiocese of Miami.

In 1998, Zimorski moved to North Miami to teach at St. James School. She continued to serve as director of several Mercy Boards and was Director of Evangelization at St. Mary Cathedral from 2002 to 2007.

In 2007, Zimorski moved to Villa Flora-Brown Hall in St. Augustine as administrator, where she spearheaded the restoration and renovation of Villa Flora.

A private vigil service for immediate family members and the Sisters of St. Joseph will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Motherhouse Chapel.

A funeral Mass will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place. The eulogy will begin at 8:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the Sisters of St. Joseph is asking that donations be sent to support the restoration of the Villa Flora Renewal Center, which was Zimorski’s final ministry and her greatest desire to see completed.

Send donations to Sisters of St. Joseph, P.O. Box 3506, St. Augustine, Florida, 32085.