Sister Mary Hughes to Deliver Molloy Commencement Address
Molloy College has announced that Sister Mary Hughes, OP, Prioress of the Sisters of St. Dominic, will be the featured speaker at the College's 2013 commencement ceremony slated for Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Sister Mary will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree (LL.D.) during the ceremony.
Sister Mary, a 1968 graduate of Molloy College with a B.A. in English, credits the college with three important contributions to her life-a very fine undergraduate education, an environment that fostered her own leadership abilities, and introducing her to the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville.
Immediately after graduation, Sister Mary entered the Sisters of St. Dominic. She engaged in the ministry of education, and began with her first love, early childhood education. The congregation invited her to educational leadership by appointing her an assistant principal in a large elementary school and then to the position of principal.
At the same time, Sister Mary pursued additional degrees. She earned a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College, a Master's and Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Certificate in Public Education at St. John's University.
With these credentials, she engaged in the ministry of teacher education, first at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and then at Iona College. She was chair of Iona's Education Department when she was elected Prioress of the Sisters of St. Dominic in 1995. When she completed her term, she was invited to return to Iona as the Special Executive Assistant to the President. Her second departure from Iona came in 2007 when she was again elected as Prioress for her Dominican Sisters.
Sister Mary's opportunities for leadership have been international, national, and local. She served three year terms as the North American representative to Dominican Sisters International and on the Directorium of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome. She also served as an elected member of the presidency of the national Leadership Conference of Women Religious from 2009-2012. As Prioress of the congregation, Mary serves on the Board of Trustees of Molloy (thru May 2013) and was the vice-chair of this board from 1996-2001.