President's Corner

Dear Marymount Family,

Alumnae Directory

Happy new year! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday season, and we wish you health and happiness in 2014.

We are happy to tell you that a new Marymount alumnae directory is going to be published soon. The directory, which was last published in 2007, will help you to stay in touch with one another more easily. Harris Connect will be mailing yellow postcards in the coming months. Please call in and update your contact information for the new directory when you receive the postcard. Both hardback directories and DVDs will be available.

Sister Roz On Nov. 1 the Marymount Alumnae Board and Fordham President Father McShane hosted a reception for Sister Rosamond Blanchet, R.S.H.M., '62, the R.S.H.M.'s newly elected general superior. It was a wonderful celebration for "Sr. Roz," as she is known, held only days before she left for her new post in Rome, where she will oversee the RSHM. "God likes to surprise us!" she said, as she spoke about her own surprise when she was elected to the position. Indeed God does, and we would like to share a new year surprise with you, too…

The Marymount Legacy Fund now has more than $506,000 in its account. A year ago, we announced that our goal is to reach $1 million in the next few years. We are on our way. This year, thanks to your support, two undergraduate Fordham women students were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year, enabling them to continue their college studies at Fordham. Both of these young women have aunts who are Marymount graduates. Our congratulations to the four of them and their families!

Marymount Board and Legacy Fund Recipients
Alumnae Board Officers with Legacy Fund Recipients at the Marymount Founder's Day luncheon.
From left to right: Mary Donohue, MC '79; Jean Wynn, MC '80; Katherine Watts, Fordham senior; Camille Danielich, Fordham sophomore; Jane Bartnett, MC '76

We celebrated Marymount Founder's Day on Sunday, Dec. 8, and had a wonderful event with Mass and a luncheon. We were proud to salute the work of Cormaria Retreat House in Sag Harbor, N.Y., and to present the second annual Mother Butler Leadership Award to Sister Ann Marino, R.S.H.M., director. Last year's inaugural award was presented to the RSHM LIFE Center in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., accepted by Sister Susan Gardella, R.S.H.M., director.

We were also able to hear about the work and the lives impacted every day by three R.S.H.M. sponsored organizations: Cormaria Retreat House, Centro Corazon de Maria, and the RSHM Volunteer Program. It was a fascinating afternoon. Afterwards, many returned to the University Church for the Fordham Choir's annual Festival of Lessons and Carols. It was a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season!

Jubilee Be sure to plan for the Jubilee reunion on May 30, 31, and June 1. We're doing a special outreach to our 50th, 25th, and 10th year reunion classes. If you would like to help us with our outreach, please contact Jane Bartnett at janebartnett@yahoo.com or 516-902-7985 or Sister Mary at mheyser1@fordham.edu or 212-636-6089.

Please check the Fordham alumni calendar for regional and career events around the country and the world. Join in and you will be glad you did. If you would like to become involved as a regional ambassador for Marymount, or support us in our alumnae outreach in other ways, please get in touch.

To find out what Marymount alumnae are up to, check out the class notes. And submit a class note while you are there!

Thank you and best wishes in 2014.

Jane Bartnett, '76
Marymount Alumnae Board President
Mary Heyser, R.S.H.M., '62
Marymount Alumnae Chaplain