No more pencils, no more books! Well, not really…

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Thanks be to God, and to the many people who supported me in so many ways, I graduated! My husband and stepdaughter put up with the most challenges, such as extended absences due to class, study, or just my preoccupation with staring at the computer while trying to write a paper.

I am grateful for the support I received both practically and spiritually from my home parish of St. Edward the Confessor, Clifton Park, and my work parish, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glenville.

There were my professors, all of whom offered great and generous gifts of both challenge and knowledge. The staff also gave without reservation – both the Albany staff, and the Rochester staff. My classmates and peers cannot be left out here, either.

And then there are the many, many, many people who generously prayed, talked, suggested, cajoled and so much more. Thank you one and all.

So today, I who never thought I would ever return to school, have a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry.

What will I do with it? Frame it and hang it on the wall, silly!