June 30, 2017

Providence sisters honor supporters

The Sisters of Providence honored several individuals and a business during its annual Saint Mother Theodore Guérin Dinner at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on June 3.

Sue and John Heck received the Queen Amelia Award for their financial contributions to the congregation. The award is named in honor of the queen of France who was a major benefactor of the congregation in the mid-1800s.

Dr. Marilyn Rausch, a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Indianapolis, received the Sarah and Joseph Thralls Award for her volunteer efforts for the sisters—an award named for the family that provided a cabin for St. Mother Theodore and her five companions when they arrived at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840.

Four individuals received the Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Companions Award:

  • Dottie King, president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
  • Annette “Mickey” Lentz, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. (See related story)
  • Fred Nation, for his years of service to the sisters.
  • Margaret McElroy, who still occasionally visits the sisters in Indiana even though she lives in Virginia.

Select Rehabilitation also received a Companions Award for the therapy it provides at Providence Health Care in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. †

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