Ms. Maryann DeLuca’s connection to the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph goes way back to the early 1900s when her maternal grandmother was left in the care of the congregation’s St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Flushing, NY. She recalls, as a little girl, her grandmother teaching her some Latin words that she herself had been taught by the Sisters at a very young age. Ms. DeLuca would continue that relationship with the Sisters by attending Bishop Kearney High School, where she received a fine education under the leadership of Sister John Crucis, CSJ.
After graduating from Bishop Kearney, Ms. DeLuca went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with an education minor from the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Her dad had strongly encouraged her to follow in her cousins’ footsteps to “become a teacher like Rosemary and Carol Ann.” She did as he requested, obtaining her New York City Teacher’s License ... but not using it because teaching was not what she really wanted to do at the time. Instead, she sought the somewhat less traditional glamour of Madison Avenue, where she obtained her first full-time position at a major international advertising agency. She went on to obtain her Master’s degree in business administration from St. John’s University and obtained a position as the assistant controller at St. Joseph’s College, and as adjunct instructor for their Division of Professional Studies (yes, she was called back to the Sisters!). While at St. Joe’s, she obtained a fellowship from Fordham University and attended their Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, earning her Master’s of Science in religious education, which she did not use until years later after leaving several public service positions within the U.S. Small Business Administration.
And finally ,... the call to become a religion teacher! Ms. DeLuca taught Hebrew and Christian Scriptures at Xaverian High School before coming to Fontbonne (yes, once again called back to the Sisters!). A lifelong learner, in 2008 Ms. DeLuca earned her third Master’s degree and state certification in School Building Leadership from St. John’s University, graduating with a 4.0. She has taught tenth-year moral theology, is a faculty advisor (FA 9), an advisor for the Mother St. John Fontbonne Chapter of the National Honor Society, and is the director of College Bridge Programs. One major accomplishment of hers is reaching out to Brown University and being instrumental in developing FHA/Brown University’s Pre-College Program in Engineering.
It has been nineteen years … and counting! When asked about her educational philosophy, Ms. De Luca’s response was: that “True education is not limited to the imparting of knowledge; it promotes human dignity and genuine human relationships, and prepares the way for opening oneself to the Truth that is Christ.” She continues to heed the Scripture verse: “Ite ad Ioseph et quidquid vobis dixerit facite,” that is, “Go to Joseph and do all that he shall say to you.” (Gen 41:55)