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On May 4, 2011, Sister Patricia Corley, President of Notre Dame Academy, Staten Island received the Distinguished Educator Award from Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House. Patricia was recognized for her leadership at the Academy at this critical time in Catholic Education. It was acknowledged that for over 100 years the Congregation has been in the forefront of quality education for women on Staten Island.

In accepting the award, Patricia spoke to Marguerite Bourgeoys’ desire that "Teaching is the work most suited to draw down the graces of God if it is done with purity of intention, without distinction between the poor and the rich, between relatives and friends and stranger, between the pretty and the plain, the gentle and the grumblers.” Patricia spoke of the commitment of the Congregation through the years to all people and to gather all under one roof as Marguerite did in her day.

Speaking in the chapel at a Jesuit retreat house, Patricia spoke of the time in history when a blood brother and sister were the President of Georgetown and the Superior of Notre Dame Academy. Both had been born slaves; they were the Healys.

Congratulations, Patricia !!


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