Mary F. Delaney

Year Joined MKLM: 1985
Country: Nicaragua
Focus: Healthcare and Justice and Peace

Personal Data
Mary Delaney hails from Jersey City, New Jersey. Mary studied Elementary and Special Education at Boston College and graduated in 1982. Upon graduation, Mary joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and served in San Antonio, Texas. Following a year in the JVC, Mary served in Boston College’s newly created international volunteer program in Freeport, Bahamas. During both of these experiences Mary taught first grade.

MKLM Ministry
While volunteering in Freeport, Mary learned of the martyrdom of the four churchwomen in El Salvador in 1980 after viewing “Choices of the Heart” a made for tv movie which chronicled Jean Donovan’s journey to serve the poor in El Salvador. A year later, Mary applied to the Maryknoll Lay Mission Program and was accepted for the class of 1985. Mary was assigned to serve in Nicaragua during the years of the Contra War. Her ministry was twofold. She worked beside a team of young female professionals in providing for abandoned, abused and orphaned children in a government sponsored Center of Protection. There were approximately 75 children who resided there many of whom had severe physical, emotional and learning disabilities. Additionally Mary worked along other faith based churches from the United States in all that could be done to cease the US sponsored war in Nicaragua which drained the country’s financial resources and killed so many of its young. Mary served in Nicaragua for two contracts returning to the United States in June 1992.

Upon returning to the United States and leaving Maryknoll, Mary entered a Masters of Social Work program at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing her degree she went to New York City and worked in Mount Sinai Hospital for numerous years concentrating on HIV/AIDS, Breast Cancer and Emergency Room Services.

For 2 years Mary served as the Director of Latino Ministries at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in La Quinta, California. Mary’s ministry focused on formalizing the educational programs for the Spanish speaking population including CCD, marriage preparation and youth groups. She also was involved with advocating for the rights of the migrant workers in the Coachella Valley. Mary married Michael Bartos in November of 2003. A few years after marrying they moved to Westchester County, New York.

Current Ministry
She is the Director of Family Support and the Family Resource Center of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. Mary is the only paid professional for this program. She has 25 volunteers who provide assistance to the patients and their families. The volunteers are instrumental in assisting the family members during what may be the most difficult of times through providing little acts of human kindness. Her interests are enhancing ways to promote patient and family centered care in the pediatric medical setting; pediatric palliative care; volunteerism within a hospital and advocating for the non-English speaking patient and family members.

Mary guided Friends Across Borders Immersion Trips to El Salvador in June 2016 and she will guide the next July 2016 Immersion Trip.