ALICE EMANUEL has been the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor for 19 years and retired in August. She is the mother of three and a retired colonel in the United States Air Force.

After serving 28 years in the Air Force, Alice returned to Ebensburg in 1995. She began volunteering at the Holy Name Conference where she organized and directed the Conference and the Ebensburg Food Pantry.

She served as president of the Holy Name Conference and the Altoona-Johnstown Diocesan Council. Alice represented the Diocese in St. Louis and at regional meetings for five years before becoming the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor.

She accompanied St Vincent de Paul pilgrimages to Paris and Rome. The Paris pilgrimage included visitation to the site where the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Catherine Labouré and gave her specifications for the miraculous medal; the incorrupt bodies of St. Catherine and St. Vincent de Paul as well as the burial sites of Blessed Rosalie and Blessed Frederick. In Rome, they attended Blessed Rosalie’s beatification.

Throughout the years, Alice has presented the Society’s history and spirituality to hundreds of volunteers.  She is a firm believer in Divine Providence and says the power of the Holy Spirit keeps her rooted in the Catholic faith. Though retiring as the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor she will continue working at the Holy Name Conference.

Alice’s devotion to her faith and her dedication to the Society has been a blessing for all of us. She will be missed as the Spiritual Advisor but we are pleased that she will continue to volunteer at the Holy Name Conference.


  1. Congratulations Alice. I had the pleasure of being taught by Colonel Emanuel while she was my Commander of US AIR FORCE ROTC Det. 750 at St. Joseph’s University from 1984-1986. I appreciate your direction and guidance during those years. Thank you for your commitment to your faith and your selfless service to your church and community. I wish you well in your retirement.


    Michael J Melody
    SJU class 1988

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