Associate Mary Taylor first came to know the Medical Mission Sisters through her relationship with Associate Ray Mattern. “The first time I attended liturgy, I sensed a gentle nurturing presence,” she says.
After years of struggling with alcohol addiction, Mary’s wake-up call came after she was arrested for drunk driving. “I was so scared, and felt hopeless. I knew I needed help, so I asked for it, and found help in a twelve-step program.” After 12 years of continuous sobriety, the New Jersey native reflects, “The worst thing that happened to me turned into the best thing that happened to me. I have a personal relationship with a higher power. My spirituality is essential to my recovery.”
A customer service representative at FedEx, Mary spends much of her free time helping others. She mentors women in prison, many of whom are in jail because of drugs or alcohol. Mary also works as an interfaith minister and serves on the advisory board at the School of Sacred Ministries in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Twice a month she leads an interfaith service on Sunday mornings at a drug and alcohol rehab. In 2016, Mary made her first Associate commitment, and says she hopes to grow spiritually and learn more about herself and others by stretching beyond her comfort zone. She shares, “I want to deepen my relationship with God.”