Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Bestow Elizabeth Ann Seton Award
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati awarded the Congregation’s highest honor, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. The award recognizes individuals outside the Congregation for their significant contributions in furthering the mission of the Sisters of Charity to act justly, build loving relationships, share resources with those in need, and care for creation. The following recipients were honored:
The “Garden Ladies” of EarthConnection – June Greensmith, Diane Massa, Robin Boesken, Barbara Huber, and Marietta Bucalo – have raised 10,423 pounds of vegetables over the 11 seasons the garden has been in production. Always these vegetables have been donated to organizations that work with those who are underserved in the Cincinnati community: first Freestore Foodbank in Bond Hill, then St. Leo’s Food Pantry in North Fairmont and now Good Samaritan Free Health Center in Price Hill. The vegetables are grown organically; no genetically modified seeds in the 25 raised beds. The Garden Ladies have harvested in the pouring rain, the freezing cold and the blazing summer sun. They have been present to one another for family weddings and funerals and births of grandchildren. In short, they have become friends who support one another in life as well as in their common love of gardening. The Garden Ladies have built loving relationships, shared their resources and cared for creation.
Sofia Alemán has been the therapist, bus driver and main organizer of the community of parents at Proyecto Santo Niño (a ministry begun by the Sisters of Charity to serve children with special needs as well as their families) in Anapra, Mexico, for more than 15 years. She is a widow who raises her own children and grandchildren and welcomes others in need into her own house. She lives radical hospitality. She is also the lead catechist for the new religious education program for the children with special needs at Santo Niño. Cristina Coronado established the school at Santo Niño to help children with disabilities acquire individualized educational experiences. She recently gathered the youth in Anapra to help them process the trauma that poverty and violence have caused in the neighborhood. Cristina coordinates a support and therapy group for people in Juarez who are living with cancer. She advocates tirelessly for immigrants who are trapped on the migrant trail through Mexico. Sofia and Cristina are living the charism of Elizabeth Seton as they parent and educate far beyond their families. They are indispensable collaborators with the Sisters of Charity and Associates at the border.