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What hath Queens wrought?!

This popped up over at The Anchoress this morning, and I was flabbergasted. I know this gal! Mary Anne Marks is in my parish!

Now, a degree from Harvard under her belt, she’s about to enter religious life, joining the order featured recently on Oprah.

Check this out. You can also read the text right here. We’re all very proud of you, Mary Anne. (What’s Latin for “You go, girl!”?)


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Regina Faighes

posted June 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Thank you so much for posting this, Deacon Greg. Mary Anne is a lovely young lady, who is a wonderful role model and inspiration. She and her parents are a blessing to our parish. Congratulations, Mary Anne on having graduated from Harvard. May God bless you as you prepare to enter the religious life!

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posted June 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Hope she has a happy, useful life in her order. Entering one is a huge decision. Wonder what she majored it at Harvard.
[Pagan…Classics and English. And obviously, she did her Latin homework. Dcn. G.]

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Dana MacKenzie

posted June 25, 2010 at 2:30 am

Impressive that she did that without handnotes, teleprompters, etc.

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posted June 25, 2010 at 4:59 am

Ite filia! To answer your question…

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posted June 25, 2010 at 12:06 pm

She will got on to inspire many thru her vocation. I have never been inspired more than Sister MaryAnn, SJ….my Latin teacher.
God Bless Mary Anne.

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posted June 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Thanks, Deacon, for answering that question for me. Most certainly Latin! WOW! That was impressive!

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posted June 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm

What’s happening with the Anchoress’ page? This afternoon I get a message that her page is an “attack page” and that it would be dangerous for me to go to her website.

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posted June 26, 2010 at 8:50 am

I just got the same warning as Rudy, below. Text reads as follows:
Reported Attack Page!
This web page at has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.
Attack pages try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.
Some attack pages intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.
[I asked her about it, but she doesn’t know what’s up…Dcn. G.]

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Cathy Adamkiewicz

posted July 6, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Hi Deacon Greg,
One of our PIME Missionaries is a former Latin teacher and he’d like to contact Mary Anne. Might you have a mailing address or email for her? Thanks so much!

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posted July 7, 2010 at 7:27 am

Truly amazing! It’s heartening to see that the Classics aren’t quite dead yet! May she go on to do great things in her vocation! Ad multos annos!

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Jesse Dziedzic

posted October 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I couldnt agree with you more!!!

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