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The Callaghan Society

The Callaghan Society
Richard and Deborah Grimes Talarico '73

Rich and I are proud to be members of the Callaghan Society. Three years ago I retired from Woodland Hills School District. I enjoyed a long and varied career as a language arts teacher. I carried the benefits of my Carlow Education with me throughout my career and my life.

Last Spring, I volunteered to cover the desk in Frances Warde Hall for Tuition Freedom Day. As busy students passed by, they were asked to write notes to alumni to thank them for their support. Many students were surprised to learn that after March 28 the rest of the tuition is covered through the generous donations from supporters of Carlow. I was thrilled to run into many of my students from Woodland Hills. These young women were as happy with Carlow as I was long ago. In their rush between classes, they took the time to share with me how happy they were at Carlow and how hopeful they were with the future which awaited them upon graduation. Each student was truly grateful that the financial aid from Carlow made their education possible. As we know with a solid education anything is possible especially for students whose education is enriched by the spirit of humility, service, and excellence which is ever the mission of Carlow.

After that day, my husband and I decided to become members of the Callaghan Society. The Venerable Mother Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy through the legacy of her adopted Callaghan family. The continued generosity of the Callaghan Society members will keep the spirit of Carlow alive for generations to come. In the words of Mother McAuley, "God Increases".


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