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.”
9 thoughts on “Sister Mary Finnick (St. Patricia)- 70th Jubilee”
Dear Mary, I woke up thinking of you today and when I looked you up found this. Congratulations. Of all the people commenting I have known you the longest ….. since 1945. You and Helen were my dearest friends through so many years of life.
Jeannette (Branchaud) Gould
Congratulations are in order.
Congratulations on your 70th Years . You’ve been so wonderful with our Haitian families for the 8 yeas you had spent with us, you are an inspiration others for the such good things you have done for the Haitian people after the big disaster happened in 2010. I really love you sister, May the Lord keep blessing you day by day.
Blessings to you Sister Mary! Delmas 33 misses you! You would be AMAZED at some of the progress though, namely the paved roads around here! Just this week they paved even the road straight out from M25 — that would pass SOIL!
Congratulations on yourJubilee!!!
I am so happy to hear this. Sr Mary helped me tremendously when I first arrived in Haiti, working at the General Hospital (HUEH) in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. 10 years later our team at Ti Kay is still following TB patients in their homes. She provided housing and food, but much much more, helping me with a fast learning curve – and always had a free Prestige ready (even when it was worried that there would be no more Prestige made)
What wonderful news! Congratulations, Sr. Mary!
Thank you Sister Mary for all that you have done for the Haitian community.
Sr. Mary, Congratulations on your 70th Year. You have done so much for so many others. You are an inspiration to everyone.
Congratulations on your 70th. jubilee. Many Blessings on your special day.
The Potsdam Associates
Mary, Rose and Joe