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After 70 years, Sister Hurley has “no regrets”

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Sister Hurley with Victor Valencia '17

Sister Hurley with Victor Valencia '17

Sister Hurley with Victor Valencia '17

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Throughout life, people stay dedicated to many things. These dedications can last for months or even years. However, it is rare for someone to maintain a passion for nearly the entirety of her existence.  Sister Helen Jeanne Hurley is one such person, having dedicated 70 years of her life (and still countin)g to the Catholic Church. Since becoming a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin, she has touched the lives of many.

When she began her religious journey many years ago, Sister Hurley worked in an elementary school, educating children from kindergarten to third grade.  Some time later, her religious order transferred her to Cathedral High School to teach mathematics.  Not long after, she was appointed the principal of the institution.  Although the school is now closed, Sister still treasures the memories and people she affected there.  “I met many wonderful people.”

For the last three decades Sister Hurley has served at Mount Carmel, where she continued to teach math, and for many years chaired the Math and Science Department.  While she stepped away from those administrative responsibilities and a full-time teaching schedule a few years ago, she still tutors students in the resource center.  Because of her extensive knowledge and experience, MC students often improve in their math skills with her assistance.

Looking back at her life as a BVM sister and educator, Sister has “absolutely no regrets.”  Rather, she is grateful for the “absolutely wonderful” experiences she has had with her religious congregation, and cherishes the ministry she has continues to embrace.

“It has brought me such happiness.  It means the world to me.”

Generations of Carmel men are grateful to Sr. Hurley or the her dedication and inspiration.

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