Volunteer Alumna: Mary Jo LeGrand

Newsletter issue: 
December 2014
News item date: 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

By Tim Scordato

Mary Jo and Scott LeGrand with Maria, Charlie and Kate, who already run THP errands with their parents.

    Mary Jo (Scordato) LeGrand is petite and soft-spoken; how-ever, she has a persuasive spirit. Working with quiet and intention-al resolve, LeGrand brings an infectious depth to everything. Former Volunteer and co-worker Elizabeth (O’Connell) Cross said, “She always inserted the ‘why?’ in everything we did – making our work reflective and purposeful.” Her spirituality is genuine and disarming.

LeGrand’s commitment helped attract two fellow Loras graduates to THP as well as the support of her near and extended family. Thanks to her example Scordatos, LeGrands, and Sartinos work together around the Diocese of Rockford to raise awareness for THP’s mission at churches and schools.

LeGrand first heard about THP through Holy Family Parish, while the family of THP President Deacon Patrick Moynihan lived in Rockford. Mary Jo asked about helping in the mission. Deacon Moynihan responded, “Do you babysit?” Always willing to serve, LeGrand babysat then made her first mission trip to Haiti that spring. By August, she was back at LCS as a Volunteer. She taught religion at LCS from 2000 to 2001. After returning home, she served as Director of Community Development from 2002 to 2004, and from 2007 to 2010 held a position on THP’s Board of Directors. In 2014, her husband, Dr. Scott LeGrand, joined the Board. Scott raises support for medical school scholarships for LCS students, while Mary Jo continues to assist the Office of Community Development.

This past fall, LeGrand coordinated THP’s Big Get Together at Boylan High School, during which Mary Jo and Scott gave up their bed to a fellow traveling Board Member, Pat Newell. Pat said that the LeGrand family always “gives so much,” and that “Mary Jo is a person who is a manifestation of the charism of THP” — unsurprising considering she helped write it. Deacon Moynihan fondly remarked, “Mary Jo has been a pillar in our community since her first visits. She inspires and encourages the best in others. And I cannot thank her enough for her support and contribution to THP’s charism statement.”