New Vice President for Mission and Ministry
Immaculata University announces that Sister Mary Henrich, IHM, currently assistant professor of Theology at Immaculata, will assume the title of vice president for Mission and Ministry beginning July 1. This newly created position will facilitate programs that strengthen the Catholic intellectual tradition and the charism of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and will promote campus-wide mission integration while engaging administrators, faculty, staff, and students in reflecting consistently on the mission and values of Immaculata University.
“With an unwavering dedication to Immaculata and the IHM community, Sister Mary Henrich will set a high standard as the first person to hold the position of vice president for Mission and Ministry,” commented Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., president of Immaculata University.
Returning to Immaculata, her alma mater, over a decade ago to teach Theology, Sister Mary began her educational career teaching at the elementary and junior high levels. She has also served as principal at elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton, and the archdiocese of Miami and Philadelphia.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in Theology and English from Immaculata, Sister Mary continued her education earning a Master of Arts in English from Villanova University and a second Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Nebraska where she also received a certificate in Spiritual Direction and Retreats. To keep current in her field, Sister Mary retains memberships in several organizations including Spiritual Directors International, IHM Spiritual Directors, and IHM Ongoing Formation Committee.
During her time at Immaculata, Sister Mary has served on numerous committees and was the director for a two-week mission trip with 12 Immaculata students to Peru and coordinated a service trip with students to Jamaica and Ecuador. Sister Mary also instituted two popular religious programs held at Immaculata each year: Spirituality Day and Summer Spirituality Days. These two annual events have brought international speakers to campus along with an audience craving spiritual offerings. In addition to providing on-campus spirituality retreats, Sister Mary also offers presentations at local parishes and spirituality centers across the region touching on religious topics such as Self-Compassion and Prayer; Awakened in Prayer; Paying Attention to what God is doing in our Prayers to name a few.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.