Catholic schools director finds her vocation, again

CHARLESTON — Margaret Adams, Ph.D., director of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Charleston, has re-sumed membership in the Sisters of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Danville, Pa., and is preparing to make vows with the community.

In a July 1 ceremony at the Basilica of SS. Cyril and Methodius, Sister Adams signed her covenant with the congregation. She assumed the name Sister M. Canice, the name she received on her first reception day in 1963.

She will continue as director of Catholic Schools and will live at Blessed Sacrament Convent in Charleston.

After leaving the Sisters of SS. Cyril and Methodius in 1974, Sister Adams earned a master’s of education in reading (early childhood education) and a doctorate in philosophy in elementary education from the University of South Carolina. Now in her 37th year as an educator, she has achieved extraordinary success as both a teacher and administrator in both Catholic and other private schools. She also spent five years teaching undergraduate and graduate education courses at the University of South Carolina.

Sister Adams has written numerous articles based on her educational experiences and has led countless workshops. She belongs to eight professional organizations, and has received several awards honoring her outstanding service in the field of education.

Her most significant achievement occurred while she was principal of St. John Neumann Catholic School in Columbia from 1989-2001. She transformed the school, low in enrollment and standards, into a National Blue Ribbon School.

Sister Adams also considers participation in the life of her parish very important. She has served as lector, an extraordinary minister of the Eucha-rist, religious educator and member of the parish council.