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.
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I have been looking for you for years. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before, but sitting in front of the computer I decided to put Sister Mary Salvadore and Walla! up popped a photo of you still as beautiful as ever.
I guess you are wondering who this crazy person is. The crazy person is Lorraine Fleming who was one of your patients at Moss Rehab in 1982.
I never forgot you and the profound impression and inspiration you instilled in me at such a critical time in my life. You were such a positive influence in my life. Not only did you help heal me physically but you also helped me spiritually.
Thank you so much. I consider you a sister and a friend.
I love you and I miss you so much.
I also found an old envelop with the address I believe you are at now. I am sending you a Christmas card and hope this is the right address. Hoped to hear from you soon. Take care and stay safe. Love, Lorraine Fleming
Hi Sr Mary
Hope this note finds you well. Thinking of you so often and came across a decoration for our Christmas tree that you gave us.,
We want to thank you for all that you did for Tina during her bout with Leukemia..All is good with her thanks to your countless hours of teaching her to get back in her feet during that trying time. Would love to hear from you!