Sister Mary Healy
Entered: August 30, 1959 – Madison, Connecticut
Current Ministry: Mercy Focus on Haiti
Motto: Behold I come—to do Your Will
Inspired by my parents and encouraged by the choice of five of my twelve siblings, I entered the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut. Already holding a bachelor's degree, I was immediately able to teach junior high school at our Madison, Connecticut, school. In 1964 I was asked to study social work at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. After graduation, I took over the direction of St. Agnes Home (for unwed mothers) in West Hartford, Connecticut. I served there until 1981, helping transition new programs in order to emphasize the changed needs of younger women who wished to keep their babies.
I studied for my doctorate in social work at Catholic University from 1981-1987. At that point, I became more involved in social justice work, especially by directing two homeless shelters, and directing the Washington Office on Haiti, a political arm aimed at disseminating correct information about the democractic movement in Haiti. During these years, I also began a Woman to Woman Project to connect U.S. communities with the Haitian poor. This interest in Haitian women has never ebbed and has most recently been fulfilled by my work with the Institute's Mercy Focus on Haiti project. My last years of service were spent in another form of ministry to those in need: as a chaplain in a correctional facility in Connecticut. Now retired from active duty, I continue in every way possible to encourage the furtherance of justice for God's people.
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