RIP Sr. Mary Evangeline

SRE at school

Words In the World Wednesday

This last week I shared a tribute to a woman who made a difference in the lives of many families in my community. As my husband said, “She brought special needs education out of the Stone Age, and virtually single-handedly.” The founder of the Madonna School, Sister Mary Evangeline. I shared my tribute to her on the Madonna School Blog and also The Mighty graciously picked up the story. It made me smile to see her life’s work being recognized around the world.

“There was a time in our community when orphanages and institutions housed children considered “unteachable.” Left to their own devices, without the tools to learn or encouragement to explore, without love to sustain them, these children did not thrive. However this one time, in our community, a kind and ambitious woman who was a Sister and teacher at the St. James Orphanage decided to teach the children she knew weren’t allowed to attend the public school. Then, she began teaching others who needed special attention and had nowhere else to turn. This was 1960 and how the Madonna School in Omaha, Nebraska began.” Read on here>

 

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  1. Kerri February 19, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Beautiful tribute!

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