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Sister Miriam D. Ukeritis, CSJ, Receives Prestigious CARA Award

Washington, DC, from The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA): The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University presented two awards to noted leaders of Catholic research on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. The awards were presented to Most Reverend William B. Friend, Bishop Emeritus of Shreveport, and Sister Miriam D. Ukeritis, CSJ, Chief Executive Officer of the Southdown Institute, at CARA ‘s annual Mass, dinner, and awards ceremony at Georgetown University. 

Sister Miriam received the Rev. Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Award for Exemplary Church Research. The award, named for CARA’s first executive director, is given annually to a researcher who has distinguished himself or herself in the conduct of Church research. Sister Miriam leads the Southdown Institute, a residential treatment center for clergy and religious near Toronto, Canada. She previously served as the Director of Research at Southdown from 2003 to 2008 and as a consultant to the Carter Centre, an educational conference center on the grounds of the Southdown Institute, since it was founded in 2001. As Director of Research, Sister Miriam was responsible for coordinating efforts to translate the extensive clinical experience of the Southdown Institute into knowledge informing both clinical practice and Church life.

Sister Miriam has worked extensively with religious and clergy in both therapeutic and educational settings for more than three decades. Since 2000 she has also served as principal in Carondelet Consultants, a group that offers consultation services for religious communities. From 1991 to 1996, Sister Miriam served as Director of the Institute for Leadership of Religious Organizations and as Research Associate and Acting Director for the Center for Applied Social Research at DePaul University. While at DePaul, she was co-researcher for the Religious Life Futures Project, funded by the Lilly Endowment. With Fr. David Nygren, CM, Sister Miriam is perhaps best known for the FORUS (Future of Religious Orders in the United States) study that resulted from the project.
Sister Miriam is a member of the Albany Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and has served two terms on the Province Leadership Team. She earned a B.A. in mathematics from The College of Saint Rose and an M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She was also a post-doctoral fellow in clinical psychology with the Harvard Community Health Plan and a participant in The Leadership Institute in the School of Management at Boston University.
Sister Miriam was delighted to have with her at the awards ceremony her brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Anne Marie Ukeritis, and Sisters of St. Joseph Eileen McCann and Sean Peters.
Sister Miriam with Most Rev. William Friend, Bishop Emeritus of Shreveport
(photo used with permission of Mary Gautier and CARA)

Sister Miriam with Most Rev. Gerald Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson
(photo used with permission of Mary Gautier and CARA)
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