A Journey of Joy!
By Evelyn Fugazzi, SCN
Marion Reardon was born in Brockton, MA. The daughter of Peter and Anna Marcelonis Reardon, she attended St. Patrick Church and School with her older brother, Hugh and younger sister, Theresa.
Marion began taking music lessons at an early age which led to activities (e.g., playing in the school orchestra) that provided a close association with the Sisters and the school community. One fruit of these associations was the strengthening of her wish to become an SCN.
Marion entered the SCN Novitiate in September 1940.She became a Novice on March 24, 1941, receiving the name, Sister Mary Fides.
In 1942, after her profession of vows, Sister was to begin her career in education at Holy Family in Louisville. In September her mission assignment was changed to Little Flower Parish in Memphis, Tenn. in response to a request for a music teacher there. Through the following years, Sister taught music or elementary school classes in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Maryland, Massachusetts and Ohio.
In June 1970, Sister Marion went to Spalding College, where she worked part-time in the Education Department as a records clerk while studying. In 1972 Sister Marion became part-time administrator of Spalding Curriculum Lab, and in1974 the coordinator for the newly established Academic Learning Center.
In August 1987 Sister went to St. Joseph Convent in Wakefield, MA where she served as coordinator for three years. In the fall of 1990, she was employed at the Wakefield Housing Authority as a secretary and aide to the Director of Section 8 Leased Housing. She retired in 1995 and did volunteer service at the Cambridge Nursing Home. In 2000, she moved to Quincy to be closer to situations for which she was in ministry. S. Marion moved to Nazareth in July 2004.
One sentiment she expresses is “coming full circle” … by returning in these later years to connect with her beginnings at Nazareth and the people with whom she lives …experiencing the “JOY” of being an SCN.