January 20, 2011
St. John’s University will host talks with Erin
Von Uffel and Lorraine Fusaro, creators of the Sr. Marie de
Mandat-Grancey Foundation, on Wednesday, January 26 at 11:45 a.m.
and at 1 p.m. on the University’s Queens campus.
The lecture, titled: "The Story of Sr. Marie:
Seeking a House of Peace," is one of several featured events during
St. John's University’s 17th Annual Founder’s Week celebration,
held January 23 through January 29. During this week the
University’s mission becomes more pronounced as the core focus is
to deepen the community’s knowledge of its Vincentian heritage.
Von Uffel and Fusaro, long time friends and
local Long Island residents have spent countless hours making
people aware of the French Daughter of Charity, Sr. Marie de
Mandat-Grancey (1837-1915) who was the founder of the House of Mary
(the dwelling of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, following the
crucifixion) which is located in Ephesus, Turkey and is known for
creating a place of peace and prayer for millions of Christians and
In 2005 Von Uffel secured a meeting with the
Papal Nuncio in Paris, Archbishop Fortunato Baldelli, and, joined
by Baroness de Mandat-Grancey, made the case for the canonization
of Sr. Marie. Later that year, Daughters of Charity’s Superior
General, Evelyn Franc, heard the case and approved the initiative.
The work of Von Uffel and Fusaro has led to an official opening of
the cause to initiate an investigation into the life of Sr. Marie,
which is scheduled for January 21, 2011 in the Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception in Kansas City.
Von Uffel and Fusaro will share the story of Sr.
Marie during a luncheon for administrators, faculty and staff of
St. John’s University.
Media members may contact Elizabeth Reilly,
Associate Director of Media Relations at St. John’s University, for
more information or to RSVP by calling (718) 990-5789, or by e-mail