My involvement with the Sisters of Mercy began as a 7-year-old in Clairton, Pa where I took piano lessons with Sister Bernadette at St. Clair's Convent until my senior year of high school.
On Monday mornings, my mother would go to the convent to help the sisters wash, starch and bake their coifs and guimpes. For years, on Saturday mornings, with me in the back seat, she would drive several sisters to Mount Mercy College and Duquesne University for college classes.
Early on, the importance of education and the life-giving spirit of charity and community service were instilled in me. When it came time for me to apply for college, through the generosity of a benefactor and the Sisters of Mercy, I was offered a partial scholarship to study music at Mount Mercy College. This scholarship offered me opportunities and relief from financial pressures when I needed it most.
When my mother died and left me a sum of money in 1995, it became clear that I wanted to make this gift endure for many lifetimes to come. I never had children of my own, but I have fully participated in the sisterhood that bonds all women, past, present and future, in all parts of the world. I want upon my death to be remembered for the generosity, grace and gratitude in which I lived my life. I decided to set aside a portion of my living trust to seed scholarship funds for young women at Carlow University with preference given to those who's vocational intents are to work in international medical/social service with women and children in underdeveloped countries. I now have the life-giving satisfaction of knowing that the blessings I have been given will continue to bless the lives of others, over and over again.
This financial funding is in honor of my mother and in her name. Her legacy of a vital spirit in living and a dedication to the welfare of others lives on within me. Upon my death, our legacies will pass to the lives of students who will also be touched by and who will perpetuate the Spirit of Mercy.