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At the 4th Annual Heritage Gala on Friday evening, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Joseph Monastery were presented with the Heritage Award for the many roles they have played in seeing to the spiritual, educational and other needs of the St. Marys community.
The event, held at The Red Fern in Fox Twp., was entitled â€śReach for the Stars,â€ť with dĂ©cor provided by St. Marys resident Paul Schneider and a constellation-themed Lenten menu by The Red Fernâ€™s Chef Charles. The Gala was hosted by the Elk County School System Advancement Office in partnership with Oâ€™Leary Giovanni Wealth Management Group and The Red Fern.
Father Michael Ferrick, president of the Elk County Catholic School System and pastor of Queen of the World Parish, gave the welcome and opening prayer. Mary Meyer, director of advancement for ECCSS, discussed the history of the sisters, who arrived a few short years after St. Marys was founded in 1842 and have been providing education and ministry to area residents ever since. A slideshow at the event highlighted their contributions and they were presented with the Heritage Award, which honors individuals, living or deceased, who have made a significant impact on Catholic education in St. Marys.
Sisters present at the event were Sr. Anne, Sr. Roberta, Sr. Margoretta, Sr. Helen, Sr. Victoria, Sr. Mary David, and Sr. Mary James.
â€śThe rich heritage of Catholic education in St. Marys continues,â€ť Meyer said. â€śWe are so grateful to all who partner with us to advance our mission and share our vision.
â€śWe build community. We gather to celebrate, for we are a people of hope, vision and peace.â€ť