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Influence of nun honored for teaching

career felt way beyond classroom

By LAURA DODSON
Catholic News Service

MELBOURNE, Fla. (CNS) -- Former Army paratrooper David Isnardi had Mercy Sister Immaculata Knox as a teacher for only a year, but he said she had “such a huge impact” on his life.
“From the top of a mountain in Bosnia-Herzegovina, from Israel to the Middle East and North Africa, through the most arduous times, I thought of Sister Immaculata,” said Isnardi, who was in her kindergarten class from 1964-65.
“When I think back on the finer things in life, I realize that she was that finer thing,” he said.
People packed an awards banquet at a Florida conference center to honor the Irish-born nun, whose career spanned almost 50 years of teaching and extended far beyond the classroom. Sister Immaculata was selected as the Brevard County Woman of the Year in Education.
The award is the work of the National Women’s History Project, which has recognized the “diverse contributions of women” for the past 30 years.
Born in Bangor, Ireland, in 1935, Sister Immaculata was one of three Mercy sisters who opened Ascension Catholic School in Melbourne with six classes -- kindergarten through fifth grade for 335 students on Sept. 1, 1961.
Throughout her years at the school, the joy-filled nun routinely taught classes of 86 kindergarteners and 50 first-graders, as well as seventh- and eighth-grade art classes and religious education students.
And, though now retired from active teaching, she is still fulfilling her call as a pastoral assistant to the sick, homebound and incarcerated.
“Sister Immaculata brought my very sick husband not just books, pamphlets and the Bible, she also shared her heart full of joy, jokes and stories and had my husband laughing through his pain,” said Barbara Dunwoody, widow of U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Richard H. Dunwoody.
“She visited, prayed, laughed, teased and educated my husband in the most important lesson of all -- God’s unconditional love and mercy,” Dunwoody added.
Father Eamon Tobin, Ascension’s pastor, said with a laugh that Sister Immaculata “refers to herself as being ‘recycled.’”
“She has been recycled into the ministry of pastoral assistant, a position in which she wears many hats and is known far and wide for her wonderful sense of humor. Mention of her name always brings a smile to people’s faces,” he said. “She is constantly reaching out to those in need of a word of encouragement.”
Sister Immaculata was nominated for the award by Dr. John Potomski, the father of two of her students.
“If you want a living example of how Christ wants us to live, of Christ’s love, it’s Sister Immaculata,” he said.
The nun is the first religious to be selected for the Woman of the Year award by the Board of County Commissioners and the county’s Commission on the Status of Women.
“It’s an honor that we acknowledge the work of women in Brevard County. It is my greatest desire that women understand their great role in our world, said Mary Bolin, who read the award citation.
“As soon as I saw Sister Immaculata, I had warm memories of my years in Catholic school. We have the pleasure of doing this for you today,” added Bolin, chairwoman of the board of commissioners.
“I hope that in some way, this award reflects the work that the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy does through me,” said Sister Immaculata, who received a standing ovation.
“They have given their lives in education and pastoral ministry. This award is for them too,” she added.
Sister Immaculata shared a story from her teaching days.
“We had a reconciliation corner in the classroom with a Bible and I sent two children there,” she recalled. “I realized that they were looking for me in a picture, and it was then I knew that if my students thought I was with our Lord at the Last Supper, then it was time to retire.”
“Sister Immaculata has been committed to education all her life,” said Sister Rosaline O’Connor, provincial leader of the U.S. province of the Sisters of Mercy. “But in teaching children, there was the day-to-day commitment of doing the ordered and the ordinary and she did it so well.”
“I find her so full of life, positive, cheerful and very adventurous. She’s the real sister act!” she added.
As a testament to her adventurous spirit -- in a county that is home to the Kennedy Space Center -- Sister Immaculata was selected to become a Teacher in Space in 1986. Although that dream never came to fruition, she has sky-dived and still holds out hope of someday landing an airplane.

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
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May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
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Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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