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Mary's bio

My name is Mary and I have been a registered nurse for 50 years. Besides the usual nursing jobs, I have had some unique opportunities.

During the Vietnam war I worked with CRS (Catholic Relief Services) in the refugee camps and orphanages for 1 ½ years. Basically this was a
“life changing” experience...I saw terrible poverty and grief and also met my husband, Tom.  We have been married 40 years.

From 2002-2004, I had the chance to spend 2 years teaching about HIV/AIDS in the schools in St. Lucia in the West Indies with the Peace Corps. With this experience, too, I worked with and appreciated a different culture. A year later, I spent 3 months working again in refugee camps in Sri Lanka following the terrible tsunami.

In all of these experiences I marveled at the resilience and hope of downtrodden people.

More recently, while being involved in the Pax Christi organization, I learned about the Michigan Peace Team. Once again it seemed like a good fit for my current interest--peace, peace, peace.
In 2009, Tom and I were members of the MPT fall team to the West Bank.

I am married and have 3 adult children and six grandchildren.

I look forward to being an anchor with  the 2012 Fall  Team.

1 comment:

Judy D. Hanson said...

Our local paper ran an AP photo today of a Palestinian woman harvesting olives at the village of Kabatyeh near Jenin. Evidently the world is watching. Good luck in your work.
Judy Hanson