Sister Marie de Paul Carter, SSJ
Sister Marie de Paul Carter professed her final vows as a Sister of St. Joseph of Buffalo in 1965. She describes herself as “a dedicated teacher among dedicated teachers.” Her ministry of special education to young children allowed her to play a significant role in their development.
Her rich experience in education includes The St. Joseph’s Home for Exceptional Children in Dunkirk, N.Y., Rochester (N.Y.) School for the Deaf; and the West Seneca (N.Y.) Developmental Center. Sister Marie de Paul diligently assisted her students with communication skills. She also conducted multiple teacher training seminars to meet the ever-evolving needs of special needs students’ education.
During the late 1990s, when she was at the West Seneca Developmental Center, Sister Marie de Paul started painting. Primarily a hobby, one of Sister’s paintings was on exhibit at the Rosewell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. Currently, her paintings are found all around the Clarence Residence. “In my paintings, I like to show the beauty in the world that God gave us. It is a gift available to all.”
SOAR! is grateful for Sister Marie de Paul’s gifts as an educator and artist. A photo of one of Sister’s paintings, “Serenity and Peace; Memories of the Past,” is included in this blog post.
Thanks to SOAR! donors, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Buffalo received a grant in the Spring of 2021 to purchase two special electronic magnifiers which help Sisters with visual issues, like Sister Marie de Paul, remain active readers.