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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Sisters of Providence honored with Bishop’s Medal at Catholic Charities Gala

the Inland Register

(From the June 21, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Catholic Charities held its 2012 Centennial Gala, held at the Davenport Hotel on Friday, May 4. A pre-Gala reception in the Elizabethan Ballroom brought together and celebrated many of past recipients of the Bishop’s Medal, bestowed for outstanding service to Catholic Charities. Social hour, dinner and program followed in the Hall of Doges and Pennington Ballrooms.

The evening’s program included a dramatic presentation by actors who portrayed the stories of actual Catholic Charities clients, three of who were present at the Gala. Dr. Rob McCann, Executive Director, expressed gratitude to everyone present and asked all the guests to be “Partners in Compassion” to help continue the most valuable work that Catholic Charities does for the most vulnerable.

Notable awards were then presented. Janine Rowan was honored as Volunteer of the Year for her 19 years as a doula volunteer mentor in the Childbirth and Parenting Assistance (CAPA) program.

Gene DiRe, Associate Director of Catholic Charities, was given the Donna Hanson award, given each year to the Catholic Charities staff person who best exemplifies the mission and spirit of the agency. The award is named for Donna Hanson, who ran Catholic Charities for close to three decades, and honors a staff person who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to embody Catholic Charities’ core values: respect, compassion, collaboration, and justice.

Bishop Blase Cupich presented the Bishop’s Medal to the Sisters of Providence for their partnership and support of the mission of Catholic Charities for 100 years.

“The work of charity and compassion that is performed each and every day at Catholic Charities is a living legacy of the Sisters of Providence,” said Bishop Cupich.

Bishop Blase Cupich presented the Bishop’s Medal to the Sisters of Providence at Catholic Charities’ Centennnial Gala May 4. The Sisters were honored for their partnership and support of Catholic Charities’ mission.

From left: Pam Brown, Director of Community Counseling; Gene DiRe, Associate Director of Catholic Charities and recipient of the Donna Hanson Award; Msgr. Frank Bach.

From left: Brigid Krause, Volunteer Services Manager; Janine Rowan, Volunteer of the Year; Gene DiRe, Associate Director of Catholic Charities. (IR photos courtesy of Catholic Charities)


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