Written on: May 6, 2020
Sister Mary Finnick comments on her life in this way: ‘There is a time for everything.’
Mary made time in her life for many different ministries in far flung places. She began this life in Lowell, MA, with her twin sister where they attended a high school staffed by Grey Nuns from Canada. She earned her BS in Nursing at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, and began her career in nursing. This path led her to Claxton-Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg, NY, to a clinic at San Norberto in Lima, Peru and to the Washington Center for Addictions at Buffalo General Hospital. After earning an Ed. D. in Educational Administration, she served on the faculty of Temple University and later, at Widener University. Ever open to new adventures, she traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where for 8 years she was Director of Matthew 25, a hospitality house for volunteers coming to work with the Haitian people. And an adventure she had! During her years there, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake. Sister Mary helped to turn Matthew 25 and the surrounding area into a refuge for those wounded or displaced by the damage. After returning from Haiti, she served as Community Life Assistant at the Motherhouse and then at Holy Redeemer Lafayette where she currently resides.
I am in awe that I am actually celebrating 70 years as a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart! They have been years blessed with family, friends and colleagues. There have been challenges both positive and negative. However, when one door closed another opened for me. I am grateful to the congregation for my education, for their support and for all the opportunities that have been given to me over these many years.
“I am grateful to the congregation for my education, for their support and for all the opportunities that have been given to me over these many years.”