HR Strange But True!
July 08, 2009

When four teachers were about to lose their jobs because their facility was closing, they hoped a miracle would bring them new positions. So they decided to network right to the top--and it worked!

And here “the top” means Heaven. Yes, you probably guessed that these teachers are nuns, and they networked through prayer to their order's founder, St. Anthony Gianelli, to help them find other opportunities and challenges. And their job search only lasted 1 week when their prayers were answered.

Sisters Daisy, Maria Pia, Mary, and Natalina of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Garden were to lose their jobs when their school, St. Brendan's in New Haven, Connecticut, was to be merged into St. Aedan's School due to dropping enrollments and rising costs, according to the New Haven Register.

The sisters, whose expertise in the classroom had led St. Brendan's to being named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, had taught two generations of students there. But suddenly “we did not have a job, like everybody else,” Sister Maria Pia told the Register. Unfortunately, there were no teaching openings in New Haven parochial schools, and none of them wanted to retire, “not unless we are bedridden,” said Sister Daisy, because they wanted to continue their mission of teaching.

Their new jobs came by way of an anonymous donor who wanted to help the poor neighborhood he grew up in, the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, by funding the Pope John Paul II Family Academy, a tuition-free school for underprivileged students, which will open in September.

Everything came together when Sister Mary Antoinette Cappelli, former principal at St. Brendan's, was assigned to the Family Academy and realized the four “unemployed” sisters, who were famous for requiring the active participation of students and parents, were just what the school needed to get off to a great start.

And the sisters' new employer obviously doesn't discriminate against older workers--Sister Maria Pia taught for 34 years in New Haven and 20 years before that in Italy.

Source: New Haven Register

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