Spotlight: Sr. Mary Hanick
Sr. Mary of Jesus
Sr. Mary of Jesus Noirry was part of the first community of Sisters, arriving in San Antonio in 1869. In 1875, when a separate orphanage was established, Sr. Mary of Jesus was part of the small community of Sisters responsible for the orphans’ care.
Wearing a soldier’s overcoat that reached to her ankles and armed with a brace of pistols, Sr. Mary of Jesus toured outlying towns, begging for food and clothing. She usually returned with a few hundred dollars plus plenty of eggs, butter, bacon, and potatoes.
Sr. Stephen Dombey
Sister Stephen Dombey also sought funds for orphans. Sr. Stephen called on a San Antonio businessman and asked for a donation. He responded to her plea by spitting in her hand. Undaunted, Sister looked at him directly and said, “Thank you, sir. That was for me. Now would you please give me something for the orphans?”
School of the Americas
The Sisters, at the General Chapter of 2014, approved the Congregation’s opening of an Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation.
Srs. Margaret Snyder and Cathy Vetter protest outside the School of Americas.
Sr. Katty Huanuco
Sr. Katty Huanuco, Director of the Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation, is pictured with children in Chimbote, Peru.
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk has made numerous trips to the Middle East and has worked for and spoken about the need for education, peace, and reconciliation among people, especially for the benefit of women and children.
Sr. Martha Ann and Dr. Fatma Arslan, of the Women’s Association of the Raindrop Turkish House in San Antonio, have led many interfaith programs together.