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Week of June 16, 2003
U.S. college honours Canadian nun
By Canadian Catholic News
A Catholic liberal arts college in Massachusetts has conferred an honorary doctor of education degree on Sister Marie Zarowny, a Sister of St. Anne, a Canadian educator and social justice advocate.
In presenting the honorary degree at its commencement ceremony May 18, Anna Maria College of Paxton, Mass., said Zarowny has dedicated her life to education and social justice.
"She has also served the Catholic Church with distinction, helping to make our strong commitment to social justice a reality," said the college, founded by Zarowny's congregation in 1946.
Zarowny, who in 1998, was elected provincial leader of her religious community in British Columbia, was chair of the now-defunct Catholic Organizations' Task Group on Indian Residential Schools.
Born in Trail, B.C., she served as a teacher for several years in B.C. and then, in 1977, joined the Diocese of Victoria as director of social justice. Beginning in1984, Zarowny worked for seven years in various capacities with the Diocese of Mackenzie/Fort Smith in Yellowknife. In 1994 she joined the eight dioceses of northern Canada as coordinator of the northern bishops' family life project.
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