Written on: April 19, 2015
Sister Mary Salvadore grew up in Mahanoy City, PA, which she likes to call “the best little town on the east coast. “ And that is where she met the Grey Nuns and was impressed by their kindness and gentleness. After a short teaching career, and despite the fact that she loved the children she taught, she felt called to health care and after attending Temple University and New York University, earned a degree in Physical Therapy. She has worked in physical therapy departments at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, Moss Rehabilitation and Jefferson Hospital, both in Philadelphia as well as St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Hospital in New Jersey. Along the way, she attained a Certification in Chinese Shiatsu and Acupressure. As she says, “I have been enchanted by Chinese medicine ever since.” Mary is currently the Assistant Coordinator at the Motherhouse in Yardley where she uses many of her other skills in caring for the senior, retired sisters.
What could be more gratifying and heartwarming than working with someone who has had a life-changing disease, illness, or injury and seeing them turn around and accomplish things they thought they could never do again! And I was part of that! I am blessed to have known so many great people. They are my inspiration. I have been blessed, during these fifty years, with wonderful opportunities to minister as a healer and health care professional. What made it so special are the people: my patients and my Physical Therapy colleagues. They have a place in my Grey Nun heart forever because they have been my inspiration, my energy. They gave me courage, support, and even fun in the daily grind.
Over the years, I have been inspired by Grey Nuns who are giants in their ministries of healing, teaching and serving the needy in many ways. I feel blessed to be part of that.