International World Water Day

Happy World Water Day Maria Family! Today, March 22 is international World Water Day as observed by the United Nations. As many of you know, Care of the Earth is one of the Sisters of Mercy’s Critical Concerns, so it only seems fit we celebrate! I figured we could celebrate by learning a few facts […]

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International Day for Women

Today, we recognize and celebrate the International Day for Women. Maria College was founded by a strong group of women dedicated to the advancement of women through higher education. We continue this mission, in the Spirit of those founding, pioneering women who were inspired by Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy. Catherine […]

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60 Years of Mercy Education

On April 25, 1958 Maria College was founded. This year, Maria celebrates 60 years of Mercy education.

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Critical Concern for Women

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.“– Malala Yousafzai “The day will come when man will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that […]

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Little Words of Thanks

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday this week, I am thinking of the power of the two little words that we use at this time of year: Thank you. Of course, the English teacher in me got wondering about where those two little words originated, so I Googled the etymology and discovered that “thank” traces […]

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Maria’s Longer Table

I have had the fortunate experience these past two weeks to organize two International, “Melting Potlucks” for Maria College with one today. I am continuously amazed on how culture is lived in people. Language, religion, traditions, holidays and more differ across the world. However, regardless of one’s beliefs, language, or appearance, there is a shared […]

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Authenticity as a Holy Place: The Cleansing of the Temple

The Cleansing of the Temple story is always one which attracts a lot of questions, usually about Jesus’ anger. In exploring this reading with students I have frequently been asked, ‘did Jesus sin by getting angry?’ or, they express their shock that Jesus appears to be acting out of character, without just cause. But, there […]

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Mysterious Mountain Experience in the Midst of the Ordinary

As a lover of John’s gospel, I have always been intrigued why John chooses to omit the story of the transfiguration which is present in the synoptic tradition. It is a spectacular and mysterious encounter in which Jesus’ changed appearance brings fear and awe to his closest disciples who struggle to comprehend this divine moment. […]

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Temptation: Keeping our Mission in check!

This week the universal church heard Mark’s telling of the temptations of Jesus. For years I didn’t connect with this story, seeing Jesus as the God who could not authentically be tested. It was not until I started working in Mission Integration that I have reflected anew on this story, seeing authentic mission as the […]

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Sacred Spaces

There is something very beautiful about this spot in Madison, CT. I have returned to it often and have some cherished memories. I have seen many sunsets here, like the one I recently photographed. Sacred spaces have always been important in my spiritual journey. There have always been places which connect me to a deeper […]

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