For the second year in a row, staff at St. Mary’s Home are using Valentine’s Day to show some love to the Daughters of Wisdom, the order of nuns who ran St. Mary’s for decades.
Members of the Environmental Committee, which plans fun stuff to boost camaraderie, baked and bought cakes and other Valentine-themed goodies to be raffled off today Hungry staff bought tickets in droves, raising nearly $300 to be donated to the sisters. The committee is still accepting donations through Monday (Valentine’s Day).
On Tuesday, the last nun on the staff, Sister Mary June Morin, retired after 51 years of serving children at St. Mary’s. She was back today as a volunteer, but at least she got to sleep in — until 7 a.m. — after years of reporting to work at 4:30 a.m. to beat the tunnel traffic from nearby Portsmouth. You can read a lovely article about Sister from The Virginian-Pilot newspaper here.
From left: Shirley Parham of St. Mary’s activities staff, Ashley and Sister Mary June Morin spent some time together in Sister’s office during Sister’s last day on the job today after 51 years at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.
Fifty-one years ago today, Sister Mary June Morin arrived in Norfolk to work at what was then St. Mary’s Infant Home. She spent the ensuing decades working, as she likes to put it, “in all the corners of St. Mary’s,” from doing laundry to teaching Montessori school to arranging activities.
Sister, the last nun on St. Mary’s staff, is finally going to get a well-deserved chance to relax. Today was her last day on the job at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children. She arrived at her usual time — about 4:30 a.m. She worked on scrapbooks detailing St. Mary’s history, handed over paperwork to staff who will be assuming her duties and, of course, played with the children.
On Wednesday, St. Mary’s will honor Sister with a special luncheon celebration. Sister has already promised to come back to the Home as a volunteer. Still, we all will miss her daily presence. She is the heart of St. Mary’s Home.
UPDATE: Here’s a story about Sister from WAVY-TV 10: