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Elissa Merkl, MC '71, and her sister, Marianne Merkl, are the co-authors of the memoir Traveling Beyond the Topic of Cancer: The Sisters’ Journey (Dog Ear Publishing, 2014). The book, Elissa writes, is more than a memoir of her sister’s “final battle” with cancer; it is “a journey of two sisters who led active lives, a chronicle of life lived to the fullest.”

Lorraine Arsenault, MC '70, is the author of the "In the Light," which was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul Miraculous Messages from Heaven (2013).

Phyllis Zagano, MC '69, a columnist with National Catholic Reporter received the 2014 Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice from Boston’s Paulist Center on Jan 25. She is senior research associate-in-residence in Hofstra University's Department of Religion and an internationally acclaimed Catholic scholar and lecturer on contemporary spirituality and women's issues in the church. Since 1974, the annual Hecker Award recognizes a North American Catholic who has labored for a more just and peaceful world. Former award recipients include Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez, and Sister Helen Prejean.

Bridgette (Martin ) Alfonso, MC '86, has two children, Colette (13) and John (16), and will be celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary to John in August.

Kimberly (Surprenant) Duffy, MC '02, and her husband, Patrick, live in upstate New York with their two children, Natalie (age 7) and Shane (age 4). Kimberly is currently working at Liberty Mutual Insurance as a senior bodily injury claims specialist. She is also a co-leader for her daughter's Brownie Troop.

Laura (Kozak) Kansky, MC '74, retired in 2004 from teaching elementary school students for 16 years, and moved to Florida with her husband. She has taken up watercolor painting, some of which is shown in three local art galleries.

Kathleen (Didier) Knopf, MC '89, has been married to her husband, Mike, for 21 years. they have two sons, Billy and Danny. She earned a master's degree in management in 2002, but since 2006, she's been a nurse and works at a nursing home.

Jane Bartnett, MC '76, president of the Marymount Alumnae Association, took on a new position late in 2013, in the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Office for Strategic Planning in Manhattan, as communications specialist. Previously, she served as SUNY Maritime College's communications director in the Bronx for more than five years. She and her husband, John Galvin, FCRH '70, live in Merrick, Long Island, with their dog, Ed.

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