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Center for Family Life: Profile: Sister Mary Paul
Sister Mary Paul
Sister Mary Paul Janchill, a Sister of the Good Shepherd, is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Family Life. She received her Bachelor's degree from St. John's University, a Master's degree in social work from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and a Doctorate in social work from Columbia University School of Social Work. She was "Career Teacher in Social Work" at CUSSW and taught part-time in several academic settings while leading social work programs in the city and state of New York. Sr. Mary Paul helped to initiate the first diagnostic center for adolescents in the city and other programs of Good Shepherd Services, including day treatment, the Human Services Workshops, and the Family Reception Center. She became a consultant to the state's Office of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities, then joined Sister Geraldine in the inauguration of the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park in 1978. She continues to direct family centered counseling and support services, sharing direction of the Center with Julie Stein Brockway, since Sr. Geraldine's death in April 2000, and supervises the employment program. In addition, she continues to guide the Board of Director's program development, is a member of the Board of Citizens' Committee for Children, and of Lawyers for Children, and is an educational liaison for CUSSW. She was inducted into Hall of Fame at Columbia University School of Social Work in 1998.


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