Sister Mary June: What Matters to St. Mary’s Home

Sister Mary June Morin truly is the heart and soul of St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, where she has worked for 50 years. On Friday, May 22, at 8:30 p.m., the community affairs program “What Matters” will devote its entire half hour to Sister Mary June, the last nun at the Home. You can catch the program on WHRO Channel 15 (digital channel 15.1), Hampton Roads’ public television station. To learn more about the program, click here.

Here’s a photo of show host Cathy Lewis, left, and Sister Mary June after they taped an interview on the set last month.
UPDATE: The program is available online here. You will need QuickTime to view it. If you don’t have QuickTime on your computer, you can download the free application here.

The Year of Sister Mary June Keeps Going Strong

William C. Giermak, CEO of St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, likes to joke that 2009 is the “Year of Sister Mary June.” She’s been getting some — very well-deserved — attention since celebrating the start of her 50th year with St. Mary’s Home back in February.

An article about Sister Mary June Morin that appeared that month in The Virginian-Pilot has led to a half-hour program about Sister that is expected to air on WHRO, Hampton Roads’ public television station, later this month. Elsie Duval, a member of a women’s group from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newport News also read that article with interest. She invited Sister to speak to the group and share lunch with them, and Sister did so on Monday.

Sister told the group that she knew in the sixth grade that she had a calling to become a nun. She joined the Daughters of Wisdom right out of high school and spent seven years working at a children’s clinic in Brooklyn before being sent to Norfolk. “If help was needed, that’s where you went,” she said. Decades later, Sister is still dedicated to helping the children and young adults who call St. Mary’s “home.” You can read more about Sister in the spring issue of St. Mary’s newsletter, The Guardian, on our website.

Thank you to the St. Andrew’s women’s group (shown here with Sister, who is seated second from the left) for your hospitality and your gift to St. Mary’s Home in Sister’s honor.

Getting Ready for Her Closeup

Sister Mary June Morin has been featured in The Virginian-Pilot and in her hometown paper in Madawaska, Maine. Now, she’s headed to television.

Sister, who is celebrating 50 years with St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, is going to be the focus of an upcoming episode of “What Matters,” a public affairs program on WHRO, the PBS station in Hampton Roads. (Stay tuned for an update when we find out when the episode is scheduled to air.)
Before sitting down in the studio today to be interviewed by host Cathy Lewis, Sister spent some time in the makeup chair. “I’ve been a makeup artist for 20 years,” Kim Wadsworth said as she worked. “This is the first time I’ve done makeup on a nun.”