Margie Winters, M. Div., has worked in Mercy Catholic education for 18 years, teaching Theology and English, and serving as Campus Minister. Most recently, Margie ministered as the Director of Religious Education at Waldron Mercy Academy where her passions served to infuse the mission and charism of Mercy throughout the school community, bring faith alive to children, parents and teachers, and provide the students opportunities to learn about how to live the Gospel works of mercy through creating relationships and doing outreach to those living on the margins of society.
Margie is a Mercy Associate, a group of lay women and men who make a formal commitment to the Sisters of Mercy to actively engage in ministry to the poor, sick and uneducated. They promise to live their lives according to the Gospels through a life of prayer, ministry and commitment to the works of mercy.
In June, Margie was terminated from her position because of her 8 year marriage to her partner, Andrea Vettori. Since that time, Andrea and Margie have been publicly advocating for LGBT inclusion in the Catholic Church, Church worker justice, and anti-discrimination policies, issues that get at the heart of Catholic identity. Their efforts have been supported by a team of concerned parents through Stand with Margie.
Margie and Andrea’s story was highlighted by the Human Rights Campaign prior to the Papal visit to the United States and they were guests of the HRC at the White House welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis. Margie has appeared on the Michael Smerconish Show, MSNBC during Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, DC, and local news stations speaking about these issues, advocating for a stance of justice and mercy toward the LGBT community in the Catholic Church. Their story has appeared in countless print media and Margie has published a blog on the Huffington Post.
Prior to her work at Waldron Mercy, Margie worked as a community health nurse at the Pine Street Inn in Boston, MA, and Philadelphia Health Management Corporation in Philadelphia. These experiences have informed her work on poverty, homelessness, and outreach to those who are on the margins.