Never Work A Day In Your Life

Their first assignments as Sisters of Saint Joseph were at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf. They taught, travelled, added bachelor’s and master’s degrees to their educations. By the time St. Mary’s became affiliated with Canisius in 1963, Sisters Virginia and Loretta Young were experts in deaf education. They kept learning. Today they remain at the forefront, giving lectures, presenting workshops and spreading worldwide the latest developments in their field.

Meanwhile, the Sisters are laughing. They use humor in their classes and in their lives. Maybe it gets them through the busyness. Sr. Virginia has been president of St. Mary’s and acting director of Canisius’ graduate program in deaf education. Sr. Loretta served as elementary principle of St. Mary’s and president of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Buffalo. They helped develop an innovative education program for college students who want to work with the deaf in any grade level. They teach American Sign Language to local police, customs officers and elementary school children. They hold countless awards, honors and certificates for their contributions to their field. 

Still they keep at it, but they wouldn’t call it work. It’s a saying from Confucius that they’ve taken to heart: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.