Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Boston College Honours Sister Marie Chin RSM

University President William P. Leahy, SJ (at left in back row), with this year honorary degree recipients: (front, L-R) Sister Marie Chin, RSM, Lee Woodruff; (back, L-R) Steve Pemberton, Michael Motyl , Archbishop of Chicago Blase J. Cupich. (Photo by Gary Gilbert)
Sister Marie Chin, brilliant Jamaican Sister of Mercy, was one of four distinguished recipients of honorary doctorates at Boston College's 139th annual Commencement Exercises on May 18. An internationally known speaker and spiritual director, Sister Marie Chin, R.S.M. is dedicated to the mission of the Sisters of the Mercy and practices it in her beloved country.

In 1961, she entered the Sisters of Mercy, an international community of Roman Catholic women who dedicate their lives to God through vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and service. The organization is responsible for approximately 5,000 members in 11 countries and advocates for social justice and systemic change on behalf of the poor and marginalized in society.

After teaching at the secondary level for more than a decade at Alpha Academy in Kingston, Jamaica, she served in a number of key positions with Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, including director of formation, coordinator/administrator of the Jamaica Region, and vice president and president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Her current position is incorporation/vocation minister and local administrator.

Sister Marie is vicar for religious for the Archdiocese of Kingston and has directed retreats, workshops and programmes worldwide on such topics as spirituality, religious life and multiculturalism. She received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the Commencement.


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