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Catholic Charities highlights work of religious for National Catholic Sisters Week


Sister Esther Garcia, SA has worked with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston since 1979. Pilot photo/courtesy Catholic Charities

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BOSTON -- In celebration of this year's National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston highlighted the work of four women religious who have given dedicated service to the work of Catholic Charities.

Sister Esther Garcia, SA, has been working in childcare with Catholic Charities since 1979, when she served lower Roxbury and the South End at the former childcare center at Emmanuel House.

Her work with children continued after the childcare center moved to its current location in Catholic Charities Greater Boston Haitian Multi Service Center Yawkey Child Care Center in Dorchester in 2006. Sister Esther's current title is program director of child care.

"Children are the core of our future. The amazement and wonder on their faces when they discover something new--that's what's important to me," she said in profile posted on Catholic Charities' website.

Sister Esther will be celebrating her 50th Jubilee this year in September.

As program director for the Nazareth Residence, Sister Mary Farren, RGS, has been providing support and services to women and children for the past 16 years.

After joining the Good Shepherd Sisters at the age of 19, Sister Mary spent 22 years in different areas of New York City, taking on roles of increasing responsibility. During that time, she earned both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in public administration.

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