Alumni Mothers' Club Fall Luncheon Photos and Recap
Priory alumni mothers gathered for their annual Mass and Fall Luncheon on Friday, October 2 in the Abbey Church and Dining Hall. Alumni Mothers’ Club President Pattie Schafer welcomed guests to the luncheon, presented the AMC Board and Director of Development Emily Kuryla, and introduced Father Laurence for the blessing. Karen Monette gave a sneak preview of Xanadu 2016, themed “Garden Party.” She also shared information about Gift Gathering Parties, Vineyard Vines ties, and Trivia Night. Lucy Hannegan from the Twice Blessed Shop benefitting Our Lady’s Inn was there to thank guests for their clothing contributions.
You could hear a pin drop when guest speaker Teri Griege took the microphone. A Priory alumni wife and mother, Teri is also an Ironman, marathoner, and cancer survivor. She shared her story and spoke about her Powered By Hope charity. She has fond memories of coming to Priory, going back to when she and her husband Dave were high school students and she would come to campus to see him play soccer. She spoke about “God winks” throughout her journey, and encouraged everyone present to visit their doctors and get screened. Teri is still undergoing chemotherapy treatment on a one-week-on/one-week-off regimen, saying that cancer is a “chronic disease.” She spoke about her bucket list, which included living long enough to celebrate 25 years of marriage, seeing her two children get married, and competing in the Ironman World Championship, which she did in 2011. Her story is featured in a brief video online.
Teri had many tidbits of wisdom to share. She said, “I’m not grateful for the cancer, but I’m grateful for the blessings it has brought me.” She challenged everyone to ensure their faith is strong, and to surround themselves with family and friends. She spoke about long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad’s three beliefs: you’re never too old, you’re never alone (we can’t do it alone), and never give up. She said that we all have a story, and we all have our own adversities, and that we are all powered by hope.