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Murray honored at St. Mary School

Parent volunteer named distinguished graduate

February 17, 2013
  • Kathleen Muldowney Murray is congratulated for being named St. Mary Catholic School Distinguished Graduate of 2013 by the Rev. J. Collin Poston, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Hagerstown.
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Each year, during Catholic Schools Week, St. Mary Catholic School recognizes a graduate whose commitment to the values of the Catholic faith has inspired an appreciation for the Catholic education received at the Hagerstown school. 

Because of this appreciation, the graduate makes contributions of time and talent to the school.

This year, the school named Kathleen Muldowney Murray as St. Mary Catholic School Distinguished Graduate of 2013.

She is a member of the eighth-grade graduating class of 1976. 

She graduated from St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown and Hood College in Frederick, Md.

Murray is a familiar face at St. Ann Church, St. Mary Catholic School and St. Maria Goretti High School. 

She is involved in preparing St. Ann’s Church for the different seasons of the liturgical year.

She has served for years as a member of the St. Mary Catholic School marketing and development committee, homeroom parent, cafeteria and playground volunteer, open house tour guide, and volunteer at Home School Association-sponsored events. 

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When she is not volunteering at St. Mary, she can be found giving her time and talent to St. Maria Goretti at events such as the annual Mid-Atlantic Invitational (basketball) Tournament.

Murray is a successful and respected leader in the business community at Direct Mail Processors, The Cake Walk and The Greene Turtle.

She continues to find ways to be involved in the community by volunteering her time and support to organizations such as Girls on the Run, Town and Country Garden Club and Hagerstown YMCA.

Catholic education is important to Murray, so much so that her four children sit (or have sat) in the classrooms where she once did at St. Mary and St. Maria Goretti. 

She said she feels fortunate to have received a strong Catholic education from those schools and is thankful that her children are benefiting from Catholic education. 

She said she appreciates the family atmosphere, and the emphasis on Catholic values and academic excellence.

As a child, she attended St. Mary Catholic School with her six siblings because her parents believed in the value of Catholic education.

It is apparent to everyone who knows her that Murray remembers the lessons she lived and learned about love and service to the Lord and one another while sitting in her classrooms at St. Mary Catholic School as she continues to give back to the school community.

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