St. Joseph Academy has established the Sr. Mary Brendan Bogdan Scholarship Fund in honor of one of its longstanding sister’s, who retired this summer after dedicating 27 years to the Academy.

Sr. Mary Brendan Bogdan retired on July 1, but remains an active volunteer with SJA. Felician Services, Inc. (FSI) created the $1,000 scholarship in her honor to help an eighth grade student move forward in their Catholic faith by covering costs associated with attending a private, tuition-based religious high school. The scholarship will be available annually.

Dr. Todd Beadle, Senior Ministry Advisor with Felician Services, Inc., and board member at St. Joseph Academy, presents the scholarship check to Sr. Mary Brendan Bogdan.

Dr. Todd Beadle, Senior Ministry Advisor at FSI and SJA board member, said FSI wanted to find a way to honor Sr. Brendan for all of her years and service to SJA. “I had a thought of what better way to honor Sr. Brendan than with a scholarship,” he said.

Raised in Chicago, Ill., Sr. Brendan entered the Felician Sisters in 1964. She worked in several different arenas, as a teacher and principal in Illinois. She also served the Felician Sisters of Chicago Province as Vicar and Director of Ministry and then Provincial Secretary and Director of Ministry. She was the Director of Mission and Outreach for SJA for 14 years. Before serving in the Director of Mission and Outreach role in 2005, she was on the Board of Directors for 12 years.

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