A joyous group of fully-vaccinated Sisters, Associates, staff, former employees, and friends gathered recently at the Province Center in Belmont, Cal., to recognize Monica May, who has retired from her role as Executive Director of Development for the U.S. East-West Province. At her farewell party she was showered with gratitude, gifts, and good wishes by all who attended.
For an amazing 34 years Monica led our Development efforts, first in the California Province and more recently the U.S. East-West Province, and it is a mark of her effectiveness that during her tenure generous supporters gave the Sisters more than 45 million dollars to further their mission.
She furthered the sisters’ mission by maintaining strong and caring relationships with Sisters, Associates, former members and coworkers, alumni, and others in the Notre Dame family. This allowed those who appreciated the sisters and their mission to join in, and extend, the Sisters’ work through contributions of time, talent, and treasure.
Her success sprang, in great part, from her gift of gentle kindness. During her years of service, it was not uncommon for Monica to spend time after work hours reaching out to comfort someone who had suffered a loss or was struggling, or to congratulate and celebrate accomplishments and milestones reached. It is typical of Monica that, though she is no longer in the office, she intends to continue serving the Sisters as a volunteer!
Here are some photos from Monica's farewell party: