Mary Kay Camp, IBVM

“…I am grateful to have the opportunity to still live in Niagara Falls so that I may continue my diocesan ministry as a religious educator.” - Mary Kay Camp, IBVM“…I am grateful to have the opportunity to still live in Niagara Falls so that I may continue my diocesan ministry as a religious educator.” - Mary Kay Camp, IBVMIn 1977 I returned to Niagara Falls as principal of Loretto High School. I had lived in Niagara in my early years, attending St. Patrick’s Elementary School and Loretto Academy, where I was taught by IBVM’s, many of whom were instrumental in guiding me in my vocation. Most of my ministry as an IBVM has been in teaching and administration.

After the closing of Loretto High School, I was involved in several aspects of Loretto Christian Life Centre from 1982-1998. I continued to live in community at Loretto until the remaining few of us moved out in December 2005.

Besides assisting with the operation of Loretto Centre in Niagara, I also started working in diocesan programs in 1982 and was involved for a few years in refugee ministry. Since 1989 I have also been employed as Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of St. Catharines.

My responsibilities in the diocese range from publishing a diocesan newspaper, to managing an office which oversees developing and implementing programs for adult faith formation, religious education, family life and youth ministry, to co-coordinating pre-service religion courses for student teachers, to collaborating with the local Catholic school board in matters pertaining to religion courses, chaplaincy and teacher formation.

In my present position I am able to have contacts with parishes, schools and various diocesan organizations across the Niagara region. It is always heart-warming to hear such positive comments as people remember the ministry of the Loretto Sisters in this area. I am proud to have been a small part of this ministry which spanned 140 years of Loretto presence and service to God’s people. Likewise I am grateful to have the opportunity to still live in Niagara Falls so that I may continue my diocesan ministry as a religious educator. Jo Ann Tedesco and I share a rented house in the centre of the city. We constantly meet people who ask about the other Sisters who have moved elsewhere or who express their gratitude for what Loretto has meant to them.