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ACADEMIC NEWS “ONE MORE S TO P ” FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: SR. MARY FINN, HVM The year is 1934, and Mary Finn comes into the world. What was your family situation like? My sweet mother, Mary O’Hara, was Chica- go-Irish. My Dad was raised Catholic in the farm country of Northern Ireland. Daddy was a Detroit streetcar motorman on the Gratiot line in the 1930s through the ’50s. Grandpa O’Hara almost every day during our pre-school years bundled the three little Finn girls, Pat, Marge, and me, into a red wagon to visit our Glenfield-Gratiot neigh- borhood on the east side of Detroit. Every storekeeper and front porch family and beer garden patron met and loved Grandpa and the Finn sisters. So you grew up in a Catholic environment? Our neighborhood was a 1940s mix of many ethnic and religious cultures. We loved every aspect of neighborhood life at St. David Par- ish: the priests and Sisters of St. Joseph, daily liturgy, crushes on altar boys at Thursday 26 night holy hours, sleeping through family ro- sary, sodality dances, and teaching catechism. influence,” so to speak, of Father Schoen- herr, I was receiving my vocation. I’ve read that you were a pretty good athlete. What is the charism of the Home Visitors of Mary? Why did you feel moved to enter the community? In seventh grade, newly-ordained Father Schoenherr [later Bishop] invited me to play and coach the CYO parish girls bas- ketball and fast pitch softball team. If there had been honors for girl players and coach- es in those days, I would have received the best! My batting average in four years of high school was 800! That was reported in the Detroit Times in the spring of 1952. When did you first feel a call to a religious vocation? In eighth grade, in 1948, Father Schoenherr gave a retreat on the three encyclicals of Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis, Divino Afflan- te Spiritu, and Mediator Dei. They became the three guiding stars of my young faith and undeveloped vocation. “Under the Sacred Heart Major Seminary | Mosaic | Spring 2017 The Home Visitors of Mary was founded on November 21, 1949, at an abandoned North End St. George Parish, by Cardinal Edward Mooney and Msgr. John Ryan, who was on the faculty of Sacred Heart Seminary, and lay women ministers, Mary Schutz and Mary Agnes McInnis. We were founded as an urban sisterhood to visit and welcome Black families moving into white Catholic parishes. When I was in tenth grade, Sister Mary and Sister May Agnes gave a vocation talk at St. David High School. Without telling anyone, I knew then: “That is who I will be . . . a Home Visitor . . . in the body of Christ in the city.” A LW AY S