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January Alumnae Spotlight, Mary Donovan Becnel, Sioux of 2008

In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?
My Ursuline education gave me a solid foundation of critical thinking skills, confidence, and compassion. These skills assist me in supporting my patients to live their life to fullest despite the challenges he/she may face throughout their lifespan.

Please describe the most significant value you learned from Ursuline.    
The most significant value I learned from Ursuline is Serviam. I strive to live out Serviam each and every day with a generous and open heart. I believe it is important to use your gifts and encourage others to do the same to make the world a better place.

Describe Ursuline in one word. Explain.
Sisterhood. The friendships I have made throughout my years at Ursuline are invaluable with cherished memories.

Mary began Ursuline in the Pre-K and graduated as a Sioux of 2008. She attended Louisiana State University and graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During her time at LSU, she was a founding member of Kitchen’s on the Geaux, an organization that strives to create sustainable ways to address food insecurity in Baton Rouge by repurposing excess food from dining halls and local restaurants.

She continued her education at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans and graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2015.  She currently works at a pediatric outpatient clinic with children with developmental delays, as well as, an adult inpatient rehabilitation unit with individuals post-stroke and other life changing conditions.

Mary is an active parishioner of St. Matthew the Apostle. She co-leads a yearly service project for the Catholic Youth Organization, called Labor of Love. Labor of Love is four-day service project that focuses on serving the shut-ins and elderly in the parish.