Mary Hembrow Snyder, Oblate, named Professor Emerita

Mary Hembrow Snyder, Oblate, named Professor Emerita

Mercyhurst University recently named Erie Benedictine Oblate Dr. Mary Hembrow Snyder a Professor Emerita of the University. Mary retired in 2020 after 34 years at Mercyhurst. In that time she served in a variety of capacities: Department of Religious Studies Chair, Dean of the Humanities, and inaugural Director of the Sennett Institute for Mercy and Catholic Studies. She also created the Catholic Studies minor as an interdisciplinary minor, securing courses and support from not only Religious Studies, but also Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics, and served as its first advisor.

"Few people embody as much of the Mercyhurst charism as Dr. Hembrow Snyder does. We can think of no one more deserving of this honorary status," wrote Dr. Robert H. von Thaden, Jr. and Dr. Verna Marina Ehret in their letter nominating Mary for this award.

As a Benedictine oblate, Mary also embodies the Benedictine charism. She collaborates with Benetvision in compiling and editing the writings of Sister Joan Chittister, including The Monastic Way monthly e-publication.

Mary earned her doctorate in theology from from St. Michael's College, University of Toronto.