The Deacon's Bench

Some days back, I posted the eye-popping speech — in Latin — delivered by a young woman from my parish, Mary Anne Marks (Harvard ’10).

Now, I’ve learned that the Harvard Gazette did a short piece on her, and some of the other speakers, and explained how their speeches were chosen:

Queens, N.Y., native Mary Anne Marks is a classics and English joint concentrator who fell in love with the Latin language by studying Cicero’s Catilinarian Orations. “The links between Latin and Romance languages are fascinating, and, at the same time, Latin has the ability to say things in ways that are not available to Romance languages or to English,” said Marks. “I mused about ideas for the speech for weeks before setting pen to paper, and, once I’d picked a topic, I consulted with friends and acquaintances from various departments to make sure it spoke to their experiences at Harvard.” In the fall, Marks is headed to Ann Arbor, Mich., to enter a community of Catholic teaching nuns called the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, where after three years of classes in the convent on theological and ecclesiastical topics, she’ll attain a teaching certificate at a local university and teach in Catholic schools. “I’ve always thought about being a nun but came to Harvard planning to go to graduate school and perhaps also do some other things before entering,” she recalled. “I decided in January of last year to enter right after college, but a master’s or Ph.D. is still a possibility. One of the exciting things about being a nun is that one never knows what the future holds!”

In a curious coincidence, I was delighted to see that another of the speakers was someone else from my past: Jimmy Tingle, a colleague of mine from about a decade ago at “60 Minutes II.”

Suddenly, my world is crazy with Harvard grads. Go figure.

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