May has been a big month for Sister Mary Ann Tontalo, who celebrated her 104th birthday on May 1 and her 70th Jubilee on May 5. On the occasion of her 100th birthday, she shared the following about how she came to join the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the missions to which this decision has lead her:
“At the early age of five, I was taken by my saintly mother to St. James School where I learned to love and admire the good sisters. This love and admiration grew with the years and my only desire was ‘to be a sister’. On the day of my First Holy Communion I begged our dear Lord to give me the grace of a religious vocation and I felt He had answered my prayers.”
Sister Mary Foley, celebrated her Golden Jubilee as a School Sister of Notre Dame May 9th, and the State of New Jersey, County of Bergen, and Borough of Demarest all declared it Sister Mary Foley Day in honor of S. Mary’s numerous contributions to people throughout the world.