HARRISON, N.Y. -- Manhattanville College celebrated a special 100th birthday party for Sister Mary T. Clark on Sunday.
Clark received her bachelor’s degree from Manhattanville in 1939 and spent 44 years at the College as a philosophy professor, according to a press release. She also received several honors at the college including the Interracial Justice Award from the Catholic Interracial Council in 1967, an honorary degree from Manhattanville in 1984, and the Aquinas Medal for Eminence in Philosophy from the American Catholic Philosophical Association in 1988, according to the release.
“First and foremost I want to thank all of you. I value what you are and what you bring. I’m more convinced than ever that your education has illuminated you,” said Sister Clark at the end of the Mass at Mother O’Byrne Chapel, according to the release. “What is visible here is your value of friendship. The love that comes from a friend is freer than any other kind of love."
Sister Clark and her family also observed her picture on the display titled, “Living the Mission,” according to the release.
“I am inspired by her intellect and even more inspired by her love of philosophy and God," said nephew Kevin Clark, according to the release. "She can integrate these in her service and education for good.”
The luncheon, which was held in the West Room of Reid Hall, President Jon Strauss and other representatives with the college shared stories of memories with Clark.
“I’ve been in awe of Aunt Mary since I was a small child. I always loved her smiling welcome and ready laugh. I continue to be inspired by her love for God and her countless friends,” said Clark's niece Regina McGranery in the press release.
“I would sometimes come to Manhattanville and visit her. She would live with the students. She had two adjoining rooms, one where she lived and one was a library with a mini refrigerator. She values the little things in her life,” said niece Kathleen Clark in the press release.