Three Mother Seton faculty members became Seton Associates of the Sisters of Charity at a liturgy honoring Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton at Convent Station on Saturday, Jan. 7. Seton Associates are women and men who, following their own particular vocation in life, seek to deepen their relationship with God and to share in the mission and ministry of the sisters. They live out the charism of Charity by praying for the mission, being active in ministry, especially toward the poor, and sharing in Congregational celebrations, liturgies, and retreats.
John Uriarte, Religious Studies Chairperson at Mother Seton and fellow Seton Associate, gave the homily at this Mass.
Sister Jacquelyn Balasia, Principal, sponsored these wonderfully talented women: “They will each add so much to this program and in turn will benefit so much from this program bringing this richness back to the MSR school community.“ All three are also alumnae of MSR, along with Sr. Jacquelyn.
Christine Danelson is music teacher, annual musical director, Seton Ensemble Director, Forensics Coach and School Social Worker. Christine has been in Broadway plays, TV shows and in the movies. She is especially remembered for her role as Tracy in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of “Hairspray!” She is an excellent role model for the students. Miss Danelson is always available to not only help them, but to give help to any member of our MSR community. She uses her creativity managing the school website and monitoring its social media.
Laura Flammia is Director of Development and Alumnae Relations. She is very welcoming to all and she is always willing to help anyone in need. She often gives of her time to help others. She is very persistent and works tirelessly to secure financial aid, donations and assistance for a variety of projects for Mother Seton. She also finds time to make Mother Seton students feel wonderful about themselves.
Corinne Wnek is Director of Guidance. After working in the public sector, she returned to MSR to help fill a much needed replacement position. At this time, she was the only person in the Guidance Department and she managed to take care of every single student, continuing to say that she could do it all - and she did! Now with the addition of Christine Danelson, she continues to guide the students especially the seniors to maintain their average college scholarship money of over $280,000 per student (over 81% receive college scholarships!) and 100% college placement!
Together these women work to make the mission of MSR a reality, challenging, empowering and inspiring young women as they take on this new role as Seton Associates.