Story By Christine Bordelon, Clarion Herald Photo By Frank J. Methe, Clarion Herald On May 18 at St. Louis Cathedral, five seminarians of the
A favorite quote of Salesian Sister Maria Colombo comes from St. John Bosco, founder of her order, that she rephrases as: “I go ahead as circumstances dictate and as the spirit inspires.”
Whether as teacher, administrator, retreat formation leader or director of development, Sister Maria, a nun since 1980, has rolled with the spirit.
This time around, she is leaving her post as director of development at the Academy of Our Lady in Marrero to become education commission coordinator for Salesian schools within the Eastern Province. She said she was invited to create “a systematic plan for Salesian formation for all collaborators (faculty, etc.), anything principals need to help faculty understand and live the Salesian spirit.”
Jessica Amarillo wasn’t looking for a sign, but a dazzling one appeared from out of nowhere, in the form of a flower.
The school motto of “Excelsior” – ever-striving and ever-achieving – is ever-present through the Salesian spirit of family, generosity, dedication and boundless love at