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Sister Catherine Noecker receives a national distinguished principal award

GREENVILLE—Franciscan Sister Catherine Noecker, principal of St. Anthony of Padua School, was named the 2014 Distinguished Principal by the National Catholic Educational Association for her outstanding leadership and commitment to educational excellence.

The principal, who celebrated her 25th anniversary at the school in 2013, was chosen from a pool of more than 5,500 Catholic elementary school principals. She received the award and was recognized during a ceremony at the NCEA annual convention on April 22 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sister Catherine’s fellow principals, and her school and parish family at St. Anthony, all have high words of praise for her.

In a 2013 Miscellany article celebrating Sister Catherine’s 25 years, many people spoke about her gentle, loving nature and the genuine warmth with which she approaches everything in life.

Franciscan Father Patrick Tuttle, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church, said there are many parents at the school who believe Sister Catherine is “a saint.”

The students also love her, saying she makes them feel good with words and hugs.

One former student, Bernell King Ingram, said Sister Catherine was always there to guide and foster the spiritual path of every child.

Patti Lanthier, principal of St. Paul the Apostle in Spartanburg, has worked closely with Sister Catherine for 13 years and wrote a letter of recommendation to the selection committee.

“She’s absolutely dedicated to the children of her school and to the mission,” Lanthier told The Miscellany.

“She helps them become the best they can be and know God’s love.”

The annual award honors principals who demonstrate a clear philosophy of Catholic education, inspirational leadership and a commitment to providing each student with an excellent education.

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Our Lady of Mercy Sister Mary Helen Grobusky dies at age 98

CHARLESTON—­Sister Mary Helen Grobusky, a Sister of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, died at the May Forest motherhouse on April 11. She was 98.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held April 14.

She was born Frances Anne Theresa Grobusky on June 10, 1915, to the late Joseph Thomas and Mary Catherine Sokol Grobusky in Anderson. She was a graduate of St. Angela Academy in Aiken, and earned a registered nursing degree from St. Catherine Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1942. She also attended Our Lady of Mercy Junior College in Charleston and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Sister Helen entered the convent on Sept. 24, 1936. She professed her first vows on April 1, 1939, and final vows March 25, 1949. From 1942 to 1992, she dedicated her life to caring for the sick as a nurse in St. Francis Xavier Hospital in Charleston and at Divine Savior Hospital and Nursing Home in York. While at St. Francis Xavier Hospital, Sister Helen served as a medical-surgical nurse and filled various supervisory positions in obstetrics, the operating room, as a night supervisor and as head nurse.

Sister Helen was a night supervisor, operating room supervisor, and coordinator of the emergency room at Divine Savior Hospital. At its nursing home, she was a charge nurse. She was also a school nurse at St. Angela Academy in Aiken and St. Mary School in Greenville.

Sister Helen was a longtime member of St. Catherine Hospital Alumnae Association.

In retirement, she participated in the prayer ministry of the motherhouse community of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy.

She is survived by her sister, Agnes Overton of Woodbridge, Ill.; many nieces and nephews; and her community.

Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Center, P.O. Box 607, Johns Island, SC 29457. Condolences may be sent to the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, P.O. Box 12410, Charleston, SC 29422.

 

Sister Margaret Mary Kreider, former teacher at St. Anne, dies at age 88

IMMACULATA, PA.—Sister Margaret Mary Kreider of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died March 26. She was 88 and had been a sister for 68 years.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Camilla Hall by Father William E. Dean on March 29.

Born in Philadelphia to the late Francis and Margaret Kreider, she was a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish. Sister Margaret Mary entered the congregation in 1946 and professed her vows in 1948. At the reception of her habit, she was given the name Sister May Alphonsus but later resumed use of her baptismal name.

Sister Margaret Mary taught in grades four through eight in the dioceses of Philadelphia, Trenton, Camden, and Arlington. In the Diocese of Charleston, she taught at St. Anne School in Rock Hill from 1985-1989. She also taught in South America.

She retired to Camilla Hall in August 2001.

She is survived by members of her religious community; two sisters, Mary Mooney and Nancy Seaver; nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews.

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $160,000 in Community Enrichment grants

COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards six Community Enrichment grants totaling $160,000.

The Community Enrichment Grants are by invitation only and are offered to a select group of mostly former grantees where the Foundation has an established relationship. The Community Enrichment grants purpose is to provide a reasonable level of sustaining and operational support to proven organizations.

The six recently awarded Community Enrichment grantees are:

Camp Discovery - Recreation and Experiential Learning in Nature A therapy camp that provides a safe accepting emotional environment to learn, heal, and grow through recreation and experiential learning in a natural setting. (Richland, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington)

East Cooper Community Outreach - General Program Operations Providing emergency assistance for food, clothing, household furnishings, and financial needs. As well as ongoing services including access to dental care, nurse practitioner appointments, prescription drug assistance, financial literacy classes, job readiness training, and counseling. (Charleston, Berkeley, South Carolina)

Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) - A Community Response to Improving Outcomes for Children in Kinship Care Providing support to kinship caregivers and the children in their care. Engaging service providers, faith and community organizations, state agencies and institutions, private foundations and others in dialogue about the existing and growing number of kinship families in South Carolina, and working to build a platform for moving forward within communities to better serve kinship caregivers and the children in their care. (Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester)

South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health - Health Policy Fellows Program (also referred to as the Health Policy Certificate Program in Funding Year 1) The Health Policy Certificate Program was created to enable policymakers to examine health-related decisions in a systemic context and have a working knowledge of the broader determinants. (South Carolina)

Teach My People - Teach My People Afterschool and Summer Program Teach My People is a model faith-based after school and summer program operating to serve at risk children who have a high probability of not graduating from school. (Georgetown)

Trinity Housing Corporation - Community Career Project An innovative, research-based model for aiding homeless individuals living in transitional housing in acquiring new job skills and establishing a professional network within the community. (Richland, Lexington)

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

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