To wrap up Catholic Schools Week, today we hear from our own 5th Grade teacher, Mrs. Mary Bowerman Smith, SSJ Class of ’82.
“It is said that we cannot choose our family. Those who say this have not been a part of the SS. Simon and Jude School community. This family was chosen years ago by my parents. It was a decision that would affect me for the rest of my life. I am always amazed at how the Loreto Sisters know everyone’s name and remember stories and events from our childhood, perhaps ones we hoped would be long forgotten. In spite of their memories, the Sisters love and support all of us in all that we do. They celebrate our successes and pick us up when we fail. I am honored to call SSJ my home. I may have graduated long ago, but I always knew this was the place I would send my children to school. Even though my children have since graduated, the SSJ community remains an important part of my life and theirs. Teaching at SSJ sends new family members my way each year. It is these relationships with the Loreto Sisters and the school families that have made me who I am. There is no tighter bond than family, and I am grateful for my SS. Simon and Jude family.”