We asked members of the Marywood community to share their messages of thanks during the month of November. These are their responses.
In this month of Thanksgiving I am thankful for the love of my life, my wife Nancy, my angel, my partner through all of our years together. Her wit and wisdom, her love and devotion, have sustained me and helped me become more than I could ever be without her. I am thankful for the Marywood students who give me the privilege and the honor of teaching them, and learning from them. There is a great joy in helping students develop as maturing persons who make and defend independent judgments as they create a framework of values and beliefs that give meaning and direction to their lives. There is a special joy when you see your students surpass you in insights and ability, when, having helped them learn, they return the favor. Such persons become leaders and not just followers. I am thankful for my colleagues and friends, teachers who share with me their commitment to learning and teaching. Their encouragement and help are central to my development as a teacher and as a person. I am thankful for the Administrators at all levels, including our President, Sr. Anne Munley, I.H.M. and the Philosophy Department’s Secretary, Peggy Leombruni, for these extraordinary people create and sustain the structure of Marywood that makes it possible for me to devote my time to teaching. I am thankful for all the people who maintain this beautiful campus. A beauty Nancy and I enjoy sharing with the world through our photographs. Last, but not least, I am thankful for the IHM, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, whose love, vision, and devotion created Marywood, and whose continuing presence and spirit permeate Marywood, inspiring and animating all we do here. I thank God for you all.
-- Dr. Peter H. Spader