For The Catholic Messenger
CLINTON — Sister Pat Farrell, a Dubuque Franciscan, past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), and advocate for poor and marginalized people will be the recipient of the Sisters of St. Francis (Clinton) Clare Award. The Clare Award will be presented Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. A public reception will follow in the church’s gathering space.
“We are honored that Sr. Pat Farrell will be the sixth recipient of the Clare Award. She is an outstanding leader who inspires others with her courage and embodiment of nonviolence,” said Sister Jan Cebula, OSF, president of the Clinton Franciscans. The Clare Award is given by the Sisters of St. Francis to honor a woman who exemplifies the characteristics of St. Clare of Assisi and the values of the Clinton Franciscans: to live and promote active nonviolence, pursuing peace with justice, in right relationship with all of creation.
Sr. Farrell will speak at the ceremony. While her earlier ministries included teaching in high schools and parishes, Sr. Farrell was called to serve in Latin America. She is currently living and ministering in Honduras. Sr. Farrell was chosen for the award not only for her ministry to poor and marginalized people, but for her leadership of LCWR at a difficult time in church history for women religious. Her integrity, fortitude, and positive energy provided the conciliation needed at that time. LCWR, an association of the elected leaders representing 80 percent of women religious in the United States, assists congregations in furthering the mission of Christ by fostering dialogue and collaboration among congregations.
There is no cost to attend the ceremony or reception. For more information contact the Clinton Franciscans at (563) 242-7611 or visit www.clintonfranciscans.com.