With over 30 years in leadership positions in education, faith formation, pastoral counseling, parish ministry and faith-based non-profit social justice and service organizations, Mary’s vocation has been propelled by seeking ways to answer the question, “How can the Church and its institutions serve as a reflection of Christ as healer?”.
As a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, she served two years as a Jesuit Volunteer where she taught in two inner city catholic high schools. Upon completion of her terms of service with JVC she went on to pursue her graduate degree in clinical pastoral counseling at Iona College while also serving as a pastoral associate at a Franciscan parish. She co-founded and served as Executive Director and clinical director of a large parish based counseling and mental health center. Mary later went on to serve as deputy director and later Executive Director of the Department for Justice and Service at the Archdiocese of Washington (DC) where she was responsible for parish social ministry development, public policy advocacy on social justice issues, diocesan leadership for Catholic Relief Services and CCHD. She led the development of a leadership training institute for Catholic social teaching and is co-founder of four faith-based non-profit social outreach services.
Mary currently serves as President and CEO of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps a national service corps that enlists men and women over the age of 50 in service assignments in non-profit service agencies meeting needs of people in low-income communities across the US.
We are challenged then to look at our own suffering and the sufferings of others and address them – address them properly. We are asked to look deeper, see beneath illusions and act with love and care.VIEW
Let us share a meal with Christ in the Eucharist today. . . then go out and renew ourselves, our friends and families, and especially our broken communities with that love of Christ living in and between us.VIEW