To Teach Is “To Touch A Life Forever!”
By Evelyn Fugazzi, SCN
The only child of her widowed mother, Mary Braley grew up in the Hyde Park section of Boston. Mary considers her mother “her greatest supporter”!
Mary has ministered in elementary education for over forty years, thirty of which have been at Immaculate Conception School in Newburyport, MA. She shares, “When I first considered coming to I.C. School in 1974, I was told that it would close in a year. With that in mind, I said that I would come for a year. That year turned into another year and another and so for these many years, I have been renewing my contract a year at a time. God has let me know that this is the part of the vineyard where I am to be, planting seeds of God’s love in the hearts of these seven year old children. This mission is truly God’s work. I believe that to teach is to “touch a life forever”! Now these many years later when I meet a student he/she says to me, “Sr. Mary!” Somehow I remember their names and I do know them because teaching forms a knowing bond!
Mary loves to walk; she also knits baby sets for newborns. Her favorite reading is biography and she really enjoys music especially classical. She has a special fondness for attending the Nutcracker Suite Ballet. She incorporates simple dance in her prayer. At her parish she serves as Eucharistic Minister and Lector.
She prays the rosary with a pro-life group once a month in front of a hospital facility that performs abortions. Mary also participates in “Walk for Life” each January in Washington, D.C.