August 17, 2011
Article written by Mary Wysock
Mary Paquin is a volunteer we can always count on to lend a helping hand here at Bethany Retreat House. She is one of those behind-the-scenes, salt-of-the-earth volunteers who doesn't bring attention to herself but is very generous with her time and resources.
She first became acquainted with the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ (PHJC) who sponsor Bethany Retreat House at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School which she attended for eight years. In February 1992, Mary and her mother became PHJC Associates, individuals who feel a special calling to live the spirituality and support the ministries of the PHJCs.
Mary first became aware of Bethany 19 years ago and participates in the women's group and a dream group here. "Bethany Retreat House has the best selection of spiritual books and recordings in the area, and I am happy to have a place to go for spiritual direction and private retreats," she said.
At Bethany Mary has helped with everything from mailing our quarterly newsletter to serving on the committee of the Autumn Tea. In addition, she volunteers regularly at Nazareth Home to cuddle the babies and toddlers and attends meetings and helps with fundraisers for Sojourner Truth House. Both of these are PHJC ministries in northwest Indiana.
Mary lives in Hammond with her husband Alan of 48 years. She has two sons and one daughter, eight grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. She retired from School City of Hammond to spend time with her family.
She has been an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Hammond for 61 years. Currently she serves as extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and money counter. She is also a member of the choir.
Mary has made a substantial contribution to our day-today operations for which we are very grateful. In addition, her kind nature and quick wit always brighten our day when she is around. Thanks, Mary. You are truly a blessing.
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