A Legacy of Mercy: 175th Anniversary

What does Mercy mean to you? To Catherine McAuley, the founder of The Sisters of Mercy, it meant to care for the economically poor, to provide shelter and educate women and girls in Dublin, Ireland. Since their foundation, the Sisters of Mercy have spread worldwide. On December 21, 2018 a celebration to honor Mother Frances […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In the summer of 2007, a few of my colleagues from RPI and I participated in the Susan G. Koman 3-Day, a 60-mile walk to end breast cancer. I had no personal connection to breast cancer, but I was well aware of the statistic – 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer […]

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Maria Market Food Pantry

As the festivities of Mercy Week begin to wind down here at Maria College, I have been thinking back on how food has been such an important part of the week. Students, faculty, and guests snacked on popcorn while watching the film A Calling on Monday evening. On Wednesday, a delicious International Pot Luck lunch […]

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Talking Type 1

It’s November which means it’s Diabetes Awareness Month, and THAT means I’m writing again about Type 1 diabetes! I do this every year in celebration of my five-year-old granddaughter, M, who lives with this condition every second of every day. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disorder in which a person’s immune system attacks […]

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Dr. Tom Catena

Hello! I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer as we move into the second week of July! The last time I shared a blog with you, I wrote about the power of one person, even one petite young person, to make a significant positive impact on many, many people. I want to share a […]

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Hope of Spring

The days are getting longer!!! I left the Maria College campus a couple of days ago at around 6:00pm, and there was still light in the western sky! (Sorry for all of the exclamation points, but despite some of winter’s beauties, the short, dark days are really unpleasant.) Getting through a Northeast winter and seeing […]

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The Sweet Talk

M, checking her blood sugar. November is Diabetes Awareness Month. At this time every year, I talk (more than usual!) about diabetes. I do this in honor of my four-year-old granddaughter, M, who lives with type 1 diabetes. Before M was diagnosed in 2014, I thought I understood what diabetes was. In my mind, it […]

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Reading to Children

I am an English teacher who truly believes in the power and importance of language and the value of reading!!!  But I am definitely not alone…not by a long shot! The value of reading, no matter what the material, has been supported by huge amounts of research. This research includes the value of reading to […]

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