Mary Loftus Named CDA ‘Woman of the Year’

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Mary Loftus, of South Nyack, has made 16 medical missions to rural Haiti providing medical care to Haitians in need.

Mary Loftus, Treasurer of the Rockland Right to Life Committee, was named Catholic Daughters of the Americas “Woman of the Year,” at the organization’s national convention in Pittsburgh this past summer.

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Mary receives her Woman of the Year award from CDA National Regent Shirley Sefried.

Mary is the Regent of the Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Anne, #866, in Piermont, N.Y. For the past seven years, along with her other charitable work, Mary has been a fundraiser and on-the-ground volunteer with the Friends of the Children of Haiti  (FOTCOH), an organization that brings healthcare and life saving support to over 15,000 Haitian patients of all ages at the FOTCOH medical clinic near Jacmel, Haiti.

At the convention — whose theme was Christ’s words “What you do for the least of my brethren, you do for me” — Mary, a nurse, gave a presentation on her medical mission work with FOTCOH.

She  told the audience, “I found out about the great need for the children of Haiti, and my heart has been in Haiti ever since; I have made 16 visits serving 2,500 in the village of my clinic.

“They walk three or four hours over mountains to come to the clinic. We have served individuals of all ages. Members of the New York courts donated over 2,000 pairs of flip flops for them.  As a nurse, I’m teaching classes for diabetes education as this is one of the most common diagnoses along with hypertension.”

Mary is also involved in making terry-cloth lined flannel diapers for the babies, and with an organization called Days for Girls,  she makes reusable personal hygiene product packages.

The “Woman of the Year” award was announced as a surprise as Mary was  walking back to her seat after she had just finished speaking. She said she was stunned and deeply touched by the honor she received — along with a check for $5,000 from the Catholic Daughters of America for FOTCOH.

Mary has personally raised $35,000 dollars over the years for FOTCOH and has organized local campaigns to collect footwear, clothes, diapers, and other needed items for the poor in Haiti. All who know her  will attest that she is an absolute dynamo of good works of all kinds, both here in Rockland — where she is a lifelong resident of Valley Cottage and the Nyacks — as well as in Haiti.

Mary is a shining example of what it means to be prolife, and we of the Rockland Right to Life Committee are very proud and grateful to have her as an officer, a co-worker and, most of all, a dear friend.

Below is the slideshow Mary presented at the Catholic Daughters of America national convention about her medical missions at the  FOTCOH clinic.

Hurricane Matthew Update:  FOTCH has reported that their clinic suffered minimal damage, and the Haitian workers and staff are all well. The Jacmel area was spared the massive flooding and mudslides other parts of Haiti are experiencing. There is water damage inside the clinic, downed trees, and washed out roads, but Mary and the rest of the November team will be able to return for their two-week mission on Nov. 6.

Click on a photo to enlarge it, and then scroll through the resulting slide show.

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