Sr. Mary founded STEPS to End Family Violence in 1986. A counselor, fierce advocate, and a champion to countless women, she was the first to bring attention to the plight of incarcerated women who had survived lifetimes of violence and trauma.

An institution herself in the East Harlem community, Sr. Mary founded Greenhope Services for Women, the Incarcerated Mothers Program, and STEPS to End Family Violence. She was a founding member of the Coalition for Women Prisoners at the Correctional Association of NY and co-chair of the Coalition’s Violence Against Women Committee. Through the committee, she worked tirelessly for the passage of the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act. Sr. Mary was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in October 2013, but she still continued her beloved work visiting the women at Bedford Hills, providing support though group and individual counseling and assistance preparing for parole hearings and clemency requests.

We will miss her presence terribly, but Sr. Mary will continue to serve as an inspiration to those seeking to make the world a more loving and just place.