Written on: August 1, 2022
Maryhelen McCarthy teaches at St. Joan of Arc School in Jackson Heights, NY. She and her siblings are SJA graduates and are the nieces and nephews of Sr. Mary Patrick McCarthy, GNSH. From Maryhelen:
My siblings and I gave an award at graduation to honor an 8th grader called the D’Youville Award. The award was presented to the St. Joan of Arc Graduate whose faith, compassion and service to others especially honors the charism and continues the legacy of St. Marguerite d’Youville. Generations of successful St Joan of Arc alumni are grateful for the education they received from the Grey Nuns from 1921-2011. This year the recipient of the award was Chanel Murrillo.
In addition each year there is a Grey Nun Spotlight and the following was read at the graduation:
Today we remember Sr. Alma Regina Murtha, GNSH. Born in 1937, Sr Alma was raised in Jackson Heights, and was a religious sister for 56 years. A lifelong primary school teacher who taught in Lowell, MA, Buffalo NY, Philadelphia PA and New York City, Sr Alma influenced the lives of countless young people through her selfless work. She retired from St Joan of Arc in 2011, and passed away in 2014. Sr Alma has a special designation and place in our hearts as the last Grey Nun to be associated with our School.