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Sister Peg McPeak, CSJ, Wins Seton Award
Three Receive Highest Honor from Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Delhi Township, Ohio, Jan. 5, 2009: The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati awarded the 2009 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award to three individuals who have served the Sisters for many years. The Congregation's highest honor was bestowed on Debbie Kaegi, Sister Margaret P. McPeak, CSJ (Sister Margaret Patrick), and Victor Hugo Guevara Ortega on Sunday, January 4, 2009, the feast day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse, Delhi Township, during the celebration of the Mass.
Sister Margaret P. McPeak, CSJ, was recognized for serving more than 30 years as an associate professor at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio. She has been the Chair of the Humanities Department since 1997. Her nominators explain, "Peg's stewardship of the mission [of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati] is legendary." As a teacher of philosophy and with her leadership skills, Peg has been among the pioneers to develop challenging curriculums such as Western Civilization: the Age of Faith; the Age of Protest, the Age of Ideology and the Age of Uncertainty. She has also contributed to the Weekend College and interdisciplinary programs such as the women's studies program. "Through her gentle guidance, Peg has mentored many new faculty members toward the highest professional standards. She is highly respected at the College among colleagues and alumni," added the nominating committee.
Debbie Kaegi was recognized for 27 years of service at St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati, a facility dedicated to the compassionate care of children and adults with severe mental and physical disabilities. Over the years, Debbie has held a number of positions beginning with Direct Care Staff Person assisting the residents in their daily living activities, then as Unit Manager, Assistant Program Director, and presently as Staff Development/Volunteer/Safety Coordinator. Debbie's length of service to St. Joseph Home is exemplified in her wealth of knowledge of the Home's history that she used to compile a written and pictorial story of the Home in preparation for the celebration of the 135th anniversary of the Home in 2008. Debbie said, "The presence of love and charity that the Sisters have brought to St. Joseph Home over the years make all the difference."
Victor Hugo Guevara Ortega was recognized for his support, promotion and maintenance of the ministry and spirit of the Sisters of Charity in Manazo, Puno, Peru for 32 years. When the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati arrived in Peru in 1976, Hugo inspired the people to trust the sisters and helped the Sisters understand the Quechua culture. When the Sisters left in 1996, Hugo continued as coordinator of Educate a Child, lunch, religious education programs and the women is cooperative that the Sisters initiated. Mr. Ortega was unable to attend the ceremony. S. Mary Barbara Philippart, SC, accepted the award in his absence. "Hugo is so grateful to receive this award. He has great appreciation for the Sisters of Charity," said S. Mary Barbara.
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award ceremony initiates a year of celebration during 2009 as the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the American Sisters of Charity by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint, in Emmitsburg, MD, in 1809.