Thank You, Sister Mary June, for 51 Years of Service

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:

Someday at Christmas …

There are many longstanding holiday traditions at St. Mary’s Home, and one of the favorites has come to be the annual visit by the singing group of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District.

District employees donated gifts to the nearly 90 children and young adults of the Home through the district’s Angel Tree event. The district’s singing group then delivered the gifts to the Home on Thursday, Dec. 17, and also sang holiday songs to the children and staff.

“Christmas isn’t Christmas until they come here,” Shirley Parham, a member of St. Mary’s activities staff, said as she introduced the singers.

District commander Col. Andrew Backus with Shirley Parham of St. Mary’s activities staff and Aly.
The performance delighted and touched both the children and staff of the Home.

Everyone gathered eagerly anticipated what staff here refer to as the “special Christmas song” the group performs every year: Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas.” A sample of the lyrics:
Someday at Christmas there’ll be no tears
All men are equal and no men have fears

One shinning moment my heart ran away
From our world today.

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime.