Maria then began her career as a junior high and high school English teacher, working at St. Thomas Aquinas, Bishop Lynch High School, St. Pius X, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help (where she also served as assistant principal). In all, she dedicated 10 years to teaching in a traditional setting, reaching hundreds of students. She had a special place in her heart for students who needed a little extra attention, and she helped many get on the path to college and a successful life beyond.
After teaching for many years, Maria worked as administrative assistant and then as director of administration for the SMU Catholic Campus Ministry for six years. She is currently the assistant to the pastor, director of communications and IT, and campus facilities administrator at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and School, a position she has held since 2005. She has coordinated and directed significant improvements to the Holy Trinity church and school campus. Her pastors have relied upon her for her discretion and advice and she is admired for her dedication and service.
She has also served Holy Trinity above and beyond her job description, offering to launch their school auction in Fall 2011. Maria ushered the Trinity Tiger Gala to success from 2011 until 2017. She has served as a consultant for the auction committee from 2017 to the present.
Maria also sits on the Holy Trinity Parish Council and Strategic Planning Committee, positions she is well-acquainted with since she has also served on similar committees in her home parish of St. Pius X.
Despite her full schedule at Holy Trinity, Maria still finds time to volunteer at St. Pius X, where she has been a parishioner since 1981. She has served the church and school there since 1986, volunteering in almost every position imaginable. She was secretary and then president of the School Board and a member and the co-chair of the Parish Council. She has served the Church as a member of the choir and as a cantor, and is currently a lector.
Maria also volunteered extensively at Bishop Lynch, beginning by directing Camelot in 1983. Later, she served as a TAPPS academic competition judge, a Parents’ Association member and its president. She was the uniform and concession stand coordinator for the marching band. She volunteered in the bookstore for many years and was a costume and prop volunteer for the Blackfriars plays for over 10 years.
Maria has been married to John F. Farrell ’75 for 40 years. She has four children, all proud BL alums: John M. Farrell ’00, Melanie Farrell Duke ’02, Christine Farrell Howitt ’04, and Kevin Farrell ’07. She enjoys spending time with her nine grandchildren. When she is not volunteering, working or playing with the grandkids, she spends her leisure time crafting and sewing projects and clothes for her brood. She has been awarded and recognized at the State Fair of Texas for her sewing skills.