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Sr. Danielle Marie Baran

Retired Principal, Maria Regina High School

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan honored Sister Danielle Marie Baran on her retirement last year as principal of Maria Regina High School, Hartsdale, N.Y. "My thoughts are ones of gratitude," he said. "It reminds me of the great debt of gratitude that we have to all our nuns and sisters in our school system."

Sister Danielle was principal of Immaculate Conception School in Watervliet, N.Y., for five years prior to joining Maria Regina, first as assistant principal for five years and another 21 years as principal. In addition, she has served as assistant provincial superior of the New York Province, directed spiritual retreats, and facilitated spirituality days for Catholic schools throughout the New York Archdiocese.

Sister Danielle's contributions have been widely recognized, including by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/ Westchester, which named her as outstanding educational leader, and the St. Augustine's Ladies Auxiliary and the Sts. John and Paul Women's Guild in Larchmont, N.Y., which presented her the Silvia Muldoon Woman of Spirit Award.

One memorable afternoon, when she was in the second grade in her hometown, Chicago, Sister Danielle visited an older cousin who was a Sister of the Resurrection in the Chicago Province. The obvious joy and spirituality of her cousin and her fellow Sisters so impressed the little girl that she resolved that she, too, would one day become a Sister of the Resurrection. That dream became a reality in 1965 when Sister Danielle entered the same Congregation.

Sister Danielle graduated from Morton College with a degree in nursing and worked as a registered nurse. She came to the New York Province of St. Joseph in 1972 and began her career in education, utilizing her B.A. in religious studies from Georgian Court College and her M.A. in administration and supervision from SUNY Albany. Sister Danielle taught elementary school at Immaculate Conception School before becoming its principal. Sister's path led her to Maria Regina High School in 1986 and she was principal from 1991-2012. As principal, Sister Danielle infused Maria Regina with her faith, dynamism, humor, and ebullient personality. She works tirelessly to build, in her own words, "a faithful, prayer-filled community that draws young people to the gospel values and to an appreciation of their own talents." The same joyful service to God that made such an impact on her as a little girl was apparent in Sister Danielle's countless relationships with students, alumnae, parents, teachers, and staff.

For her service to humanity through education and her leadership of Catholic schools in particular; and for making the world a better place through all the students, alumni, staff, parents and community members she has inspired, Iona College hereby confers on SISTER DANIELLE MARIE BARAN the degree of Doctor of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.