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Catholic Charities Honors Sister Rosalie Kelley, CSJ, and Sister Mary Jo Tallman, CSJ at Windows of Hope Event
Catholic Charities of Herkimer County has announced it will be honoring Sister Rosalie Kelley, CSJ, Principal, St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School and Sister Mary Jo Tallman, CSJ, Parish Life Director, Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, at its sixth annual Window of Hope Luncheon.
The event will be held Thursday, September 15, from noon until 1:30 p.m. at The Knights’ Inn, 20 Albany Street, Little Falls.
Sister Rosalie Kelley, CSJ, has been a member of the religious congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 55 years. After entering the congregation in Troy in 1956, she studies at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and administration.
During her 50-plus years in the field of education, Sister Rosalie taught in Catholic schools in the cities of Oswego, Troy and Syracuse before becoming principal at St. Ann’s School for four years in the inner city of Albany. In 1974, Sister was asked to come to St. Francis de Sales School in Herkimer as principal where she has since remained.
In 1999, Sister Rosalie received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Distinguished Principal Award from the Diocese of Albany, in recognition of her commitment to Catholic education. Sister also received the National Catholic Education Association’s Distinguished Principal Award for New York State in the year 2000, in recognition of her outstanding leadership in Catholic education. In 2008, the Herkimer County Cares Campaign named Sister Rosalie an Asset Champion for her valuable contributions to the health and well-being of youth in Herkimer County and for her dedication to enhancing the quality of our communities.
Sister Rosalie continues to minister tirelessly to the people of God as principal of St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School in Herkimer. She continuously encourages her students, faculty and staff to reach out to each other and to the needy among us, both near and far. The parishes and our Catholic School Community in the Mohawk Valley have been blessed with Sister Rosalie’s dedicated ministry to the community and its precious children for the past 37 years. Her constant reminder of “kindness and respect” will ring in the ears of many for years to come.
Sister Mary Jo Tallman grew up in the Hudson Falls, New York, and attended St. Mary’s Academy in Glens Falls. She earned her bachelor’s degree in religious studies at The College of Saint Rose in Albany and her master’s degree in pastoral ministry and counseling at Boston College.
Sister Mary Jo has been a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 43 years and currently serves as a member of the Province Leadership Team for her community.
Sister Mary Jo's career includes faith formation and pastoral care in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses. She was the director of faith formation and pastoral care for 14 years at Annunciation Church in Ilion and is beginning her ninth year at Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk as parish life Director. Sister Mary Jo is also the co-director of faith formation for the Herkimer-Mohawk program.
Sister Mary Jo has been a strong supporter of Catholic Charities of Herkimer County and had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors for eight years.
Sister Mary Jo's mother, Beverly Tallman, currently resides in Liverpool, New York, and her twin sister, Marcia Koch, also resides with her family in Liverpool.
The entire Mohawk Valley Community was invited to the special event honoring Sister Rosalie and Sister Mary Jo for their dedicated years of service to the students, parishioners and communities of Herkimer County.
All funds raised from the luncheon are used to support the many programs of Catholic Charities, especially the Emergency Assistant Program. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the event stay in Herkimer County, serving the poor, the elderly and the vulnerable. As economic problems continue to escalate, the area has seen a substantial increase in those who need help. The term Windows of Hope has never had more significance in the community.
(reprinted from the Herkimer Telegram, 9/10/2011, with permission of Beth Brewer, publisher)
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