A fond farewell for Wisdom House's Rosemarie Greco
Sister Rosemarie Greco, the retired executive director of Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, was honored for her service on Sunday. BZ photos
Friends and colleagues of retired Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center executive director Sister Rosemarie Greco gathered Sunday to pay tribute to Greco for her 27 years of service to the interfaith organization that thrived under her leadership.
Greco retired in October but is still living at Wisdom House and has no plans as of yet for retirement. She is serving as mentor to her successor, Deborah Kelly.
Sunday featured verbal and musical tributes to Greco in the Wisdom House chapel and a reception afterwards. Former Wisdom Award recipients Jo Ann Ryan, Brian McCormick and Alan Collavecchio offered verbal tributes as did Greco's sidekick at Wisdom House, Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti, the coordinator of art and spirituality.
Also speaking was Sister Cathy Sheehan, Provincial Leader of the Daughters of Wisdom. Sheehan credited Greco with transforming Wisdom House into an interfaith facility promoting the mission and vision of the international congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom.
“You have truly put Wisdom House on the map and today we acknowledge you for it,” Sheehan said in her tribute to Greco. “Wisdom House has thrived under your direction and is a place where all are welcome.”
Wisdom House, under Greco's leadership, was the first retreat house in Connecticut to have an outdoor labyrinth and a permanent art gallery. The Wisdom Award celebration Greco helped launch in 1999 has become a prestigious recognition of local residents providing volunteer service.