Sister Margaret Yennock, MFIC

“I try and think how can I make a change instead of being quiet about it, to be actively engaged and hope that I can make a difference.”

 

Interviewee: Sister Margaret Yennock, MFIC

Interviewer: Jenny P., Grade 12

Interview Date: December 11, 2014

Interview Location: Italian Home for Children, Jamaica Plain, MA

Student Reflection:

Sister Margaret started working at the Italian Home for Children on October 10, 1974 and was chosen to be a child care worker in a dorm with 7 boys, where she took care of them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Italian Home for Children offers a lot to youths, such as education, dentistry, health clinicians, spiritual enrichment, and much more. The Italian Home tries to help the child physically, mentally, and spiritually. The program went from 28 staff members to 300 staff members, and has increased its outreach tremendously over the years. When Sister Margaret first starting at the Italian Home, the ratio of children to staff was 7:1, now the ratio is 3:1. Sister Margaret teaches Bible class, works with people who call or email the Italian Home looking for information about themselves when they stayed there as children, and conducts many tours. Sister Margaret says the biggest purpose of the Italian home “is to heal the pain of the children who come here.” One man came to Sister Margaret at the Italian Home for information on when he used to live there. Sister Margaret was able to find a picture of him and his friend playing baseball, which was a really special moment for her. According to Sister Margaret, that experience showed her how much the little things count.

 

“God is always there.”

“The Italian Home has changed me an awful a lot, it has taught me acceptance.”

“I try to understand where the other person is coming from.”

“The Italian home has taught me that we are all different, and we come from different backgrounds.”

“I try and think how can I make a change instead of being quiet about it, to be actively engaged and hope that I can make a difference.”

“I’d say a big part of my ministry is to be there for someone else and support them in any way I can.”

“God sets the stage for me before I get there and everything I do. He sets up the stage and I walk into it. It’s not a struggle because he has prepared me to walk into whatever it is I need to do.”

“The home has also taught me to accept the children where they are, not where I want them to be.”