St. Katharine Drexel Medal 2024 - Sister Virginia Paschall, IHM

During graduation, the St. Katharine Drexel Medal Award is presented annually to a graduating senior as well to a Prendie alumnae. The purpose of this special award is to recognize and honor the commitment of the individual recipients who exemplify a Christian way of life in today’s world paralleling the work and life of St. Katharine Drexel in serving others and as a role model with a Christ-like life.  This year Dr. John Cooke, President, is happy to announce that Sister Virginia Paschall IHM is the recipient of the 2024 award.  
Sister Virginia Paschall, IHM, is a proud product of Delaware County, hailing from St. Joseph Parish in Collingdale. After graduating from Archbishop Prendergast High School in 1969, she embarked on a path of exploration, initially working for an insurance company while attending classes at Delaware County Community College. This period of discernment led her to the cadet teacher program in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, where she balanced teaching 49 second-grade students at Sacred Heart School in Clifton Heights with night and summer courses at St. Joseph’s College.
During her early career, Sister Virginia felt a deep calling to religious life. In September 1971, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM). Her academic journey continued as she earned a BA from Immaculata University and a Master's Degree from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. With her education complete, Sister Virginia dedicated herself to teaching and administration across various locations, including the Archdioceses of Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Arlington, VA, and Atlanta, GA.
Her leadership skills were soon recognized, leading to her appointments as Principal at St. Mark School in Bristol
and St. Veronica School in Philadelphia. For the past 23 years, Sister Virginia has been the esteemed Principal of Blessed Virgin Mary School in Darby, where she has made significant contributions to the school's growth and the spiritual and academic development of its students.
Outside of her professional commitments, Sister Virginia is an avid sports enthusiast. She passionately supports the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies, as well as Notre Dame Football and college basketball, reflecting her vibrant and dynamic personality. Sister Virginia Paschall’s journey is a testament to her unwavering dedication to education, her faith, and her community.