a new adventure after many years of
teaching in schools but also an extension of the work she is sure God
had in mind for her right from the
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Take your pick
When Mcnally decided to join
the sisters of Mercy in the 1960s,
“We were given a choice,” she said.
“you can be a teacher, you can be a
nurse—take your pick. i chose the
Those who chose teaching could
major in history or english in college. she earned a degree in both
history and english from Maryville
University in st. Louis and says
frankly: “i am an excellent teacher”
of anything but math or science. “i
“I do the work that
I’m doing better
because I’m a
Sister of Mercy.”
just knew from the beginning that
being a teacher was what i was called
Mcnally is confident but not
arrogant, plain-spoken but also kind.
she’s determined to make a difference in the lives of prisoners who
may not have anyone else to help
them find their way. Her friend and
colleague sgt. Robin Ballard of the
Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility said Mcnally “is like
a friend and a parent. A friend tries
to guide you and help you and give
you suggestions. But when you don’t
do right, the parent comes out and