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Sister Noreen Begley

Sister Noreen BegleyIn my vocation I have been given a special invitation by God to holiness and to a total dedication of my work and talents for the good of others and the glory of God, I was born in London and raised in Ireland. I recall the first visit home to Ireland in 1922 of my aunt, Mother Antoinette Begley. Touched by her gentle spirit and her kindly attitude toward all, I followed her to Texas seven years later to become a Sister of the Incarnate Word.

Eventually I earned a bachelor's degree in English at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, and a master's degree in English at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

My work and talents were focused for 50 years in teaching at the elementary and secondary levels. I have taught all subjects in the elementary schools as well as English, French, U.S. History, Government, and Journalism at the junior high and senior high school levels. Some of my students remember me as Sister Aquinas, my name in religion before we were given the choice to return to our baptismal names.

After officially retiring from the classroom, I continued to coach students for the Spelling Bee, helping six students to compete at the national level in Washington, D.C. One of my delights was helping in the translation of the works of the foundress of our congregation, Venerable Jeanne de Matel. Since the spiritual works of our foundress were written in the old French, they needed modern French adaptation before English translation. I also compiled a collection of the traditional prayers of the congregation.

I have also enjoyed crocheting afgans for Incarnate Word Academy's silent auctions and to be used as special gifts for friends and benefactors.