A Message from Sister Thaddeus
It’s been nearly 50 years since McGuire Memorial was founded by the Felician Order of Sisters (with the guidance of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh). And as telling as this may seem, it would be easy to underestimate the significance of this formative, spiritual connection.
That is why, as we make exciting plans to celebrate McGuire Memorial’s golden anniversary in 2013, it seems only fitting that we clarify the importance of our blessed Felician roots.
Those who understand Latin know “Felix” to mean joyfulness or “felicity.” It was St. Felix’s unfettered joy in serving God that inspired both the name and ethos of the Felician Order when it was established … And it is no small coincidence that those same values continue to shape McGuire’s grateful approach to human services to this day.
Everything from our innovative school for children with autism and intellectual disabilities to our training, employment and residential services reflects our profound gratitude for the opportunity to serve God’s most vulnerable children. Without exception, our devoted staff takes joy in every task, and remains thankful for every challenge.
That is why I am somewhat taken aback whenever I hear “it takes a special person” to serve those who are most vulnerable. Ask any of our long-term employees, and they will gladly attest …
It is we who are strengthened by the people we serve …
not the other way around!
Please know that we do not feel special, nor do we ask to be perceived that way. It is our privilege to be cast in this role by God’s grace, and thankfully, countless individuals like you and organizations of like mind and spirit chose to join us on our journey for this past glorious half century!
Not only have your donations of time, energy and resources been instrumental in our efforts to inspire hope and foster growth … but the joy and humility that have accompanied your generosity has surely elevated our mission above and beyond what tangible donations often otherwise generate.
United in the spirit of St. Felix, I truly believe we are unstoppable. Thank you for honoring God’s holy mandates … and more pointedly, thank you for supporting us in such kindred “Felician fashion.” It is a privilege to be standing shoulder to shoulder, honoring God’s great intentions with abiding gratitude and joy.
Sister Mary Thaddeus Markelewicz, C.S.S.F.
President and CEO – McGuire Memorial