Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, IHM, believes in the philosophy of loving what you do and doing what you love.
“Live with awareness, integrity and joy and try to see the best in everyone,” explains the President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Center. “I appreciate the adventure and blessing of each day, and I try to be open to new learning each day. I give thanks often and place my trust in the Holy Spirit.”
As president/CEO of St. Joseph’s Center, Jacquinot works closely with administrative and management colleagues on daily operations, employee engagement, fundraising, strategic planning and everything in between.
For the last two years, she has spent a great deal of time on responding to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Employee retention and recruitment are equally important to her and she places great emphasis on creating a good work environment.
She also enjoys the opportunity to interact with various constituents, especially those who utilize the center’s services, compassionate direct care staff and, of course, many generous benefactors.
“We have much to be grateful for, so I often include among my duties being the Chief Gratitude Officer,” she laughs.
Presently, Jacquinot serves on the board for Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources, the state association for organizations providing services for those with intellectual disabilities or autism. Over the years, she has served on various local boards which is always an honor she notes.
A proud native of Scranton, she enjoys all the community has to offer. “I participate, as I can, in locally planned events and fundraisers especially those that benefit Saint Joseph’s Center,” she said.
Accepting invitations has given me opportunities that she would not have imagined.
“The most important invitation I responded to was the call from God to enter my religious life community, the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” she admits.
As an IHM Sister, she is available to serve where the community needs her. Responding positively to these invitations has led her to ministries such as the former Marian Community Hospital, Marywood University, Friends of the Poor and, now, St. Joseph’s Center. “On my own, I would not have had the privilege to experience the mission in each setting and the chance to meet so many wonderful people,” she added.
Being part of religious life provides for an entire community of mentors for Jacquinot.
“Whether I have personally known them or merely know them through our shared history, I often reflect on the examples of their prayerfulness and leadership,” she noted. Those mentors who have had the most influence on her and are my closest friends are Sr. Jean Coughlin, Sr. Mary Kay Faliskie and Sr. Ann Walsh. “Each has had significant ministerial responsibilities that they managed with humility, integrity and mission focus,” she adds.
Her family is a great source of love and encouragement for her. Her parents, Mary Ann and Jerry Jacquinot, set a great example of truly enjoying one’s work and participating in the community. Her siblings and their spouses, Michele and John Ditchkus, Anne and Toufic Rizk, and Gerard and Susie Jacquinot, and her nieces and nephews, always support her endeavors to which she is truly grateful.