SOAR — Fundraising Dinner

By Sister Kati Hamm

Sisters Maryann Seton Lopiccolo and Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick

Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR) is a fundraising organization founded in 1986 by a group of dedicated lay people who wanted to give back to “our aging religious.” The organization sees its mission to ensure the safety and dignity of the aging religious and help them to remain in active ministry. This past year they were able to grant close to two million dollars to meet practical needs of religious congregations throughout the United States. Among the grants offered were hospital beds, chair lifts, fire alarm systems, and automatic doors. The group holds dinners annually in Washington DC, New York City, and Southern California. This was the 36th Fundraising Dinner and it was held at the NYC Athletic Club on Central Park South.

Sister Maryann Seton Lopiccolo was awarded the Victor Yanitelli SJ Award in honour of her service at  the Diocese of Brooklyn as Episcopal Delegate for Religious for 40 years. Over the years, her concern for supporting the constantly evolving needs of religious throughout the diocese has been evident.

Sister Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick introduced Sister Maryann at the dinner, and began by mentioning the collaboration, inclusivity of Sister Maryann’s work. She went on to speak about the incredible work of Sister Maryann. Her  work for the Church of Brooklyn and as President of The National Catholic Vicars and within the SC Federation has had an impact on the Church both locally, nationally and internationally. Sister Maryann herself gave the attendees this insight into how she understands her ministry. At a recent conference of vicars all were asked to bring a symbol of their work. Sister Maryann chose earbuds and a microphone  which alluded to the values of listening deeply and responding well. That captures her attitude perfectly and points to why she is so well respected and appreciated by those who know and work with her.

Standing (l-r) Sisters Roberta Kerins, Aileen Halleran, Liz Bickar, Joan Dawber, Susan Dean, Fran Fahey, Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, Maureen Murphy, Kati Hamm, Kathleen Kull, Ann Woodford

Sitting Sister Maryann Seton Lopiccolo

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