"The greater the work the more
important it is to establish it on
a solid foundation. Thus it will
not only be more perfect; it
will also be more lasting.”

St. Louise de Marillac

“Be diligent in serving
the poor. Love the poor,
honor them, my children,
as you would honor
Christ Himself.”

St. Louise de Marillac


Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Bestow Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

Sister of Charity President Joan Elizabeth Cook (second from left) congratulates Elizabeth Ann Seton Award recipients during a prayer service on Saturday, April 27, 2019, in the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Motherhouse chapel. Also pictured (from left) Jacky Kalubi (on behalf of Dr. Marie Pashi and Dr. Claver Pashi), Rick Theders and Colleen McSwiggin.

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati awarded the Congregation’s highest honor, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, on Saturday, April 29, 2019, 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:

Colleen McSwiggin is the chemistry lab manager at Sisters of Charity sponsored ministry Mount Saint Joseph University (Cincinnati, Ohio). She is deeply committed to the care of creation, as evidenced by her initiation of many projects that the faculty, staff and students have engaged in for the past 10 years. Among these collaborative projects: facilitating the University Sustainability Committee; initiating the Beyond the Bin Recycling program and semi-annual electronics recycling days for Delhi and the surrounding community; organizing a Sustainability Expo/Career Fair; creating sustainability goals for the University; repurposing the Community Garden into a Meditation Garden; and coordinating campus efforts for recognition as a Laudato Si’ Community by the Diocese. Colleen is a tireless leader in the University and civic community.

Dr. Marie Pashi and Dr. Claver Pashi are educators and political activists originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They co-founded The Center for Community Engagement, a nonprofit organization that prepares children for school readiness and future life success and assists migrant adults in navigating the U.S. culture through classes in citizenship, language and computer literacy. Dr. Marie Pashi is the administrator of the Center. Dr. Claver Pashi travels to the DRC each year to teach university students who face many difficulties in obtaining their degrees. Dr. Claver Pashi teaches at the National University in the DRC to help pay back what he received from his university education in his home country. He trains future DRC leaders to be good stewards “of the people” when they graduate.

Rick Theders is the past chairperson and current board member at St. Joseph Home. Even before he knew the Sisters of Charity, Rick’s life reflected the SC mission. Rick founded the Clark-Theders Insurance Agency, realizing his dream of providing services beyond insurance needs. Rick’s company has received numerous awards for ethical practices, community service and philanthropy. Rick was instrumental in promoting the creation of the Green Space on the property of St. Joseph Home. The Green Space provides residents and their families access to a quarter-mile trail, wetlands, a memorial garden, scenic overlooks, and a shelter. Rick faithfully volunteers at St. Joseph Home Day Program and fosters relationships among residents, board members and staff.

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