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Sister Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ, to Receive the 2012 Bishop Edwin B. Broderick Award from the Albany Diocese.
Sister Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Bishop Edwin B. Broderick Award from the Albany Diocesan Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life. The award will be given during the opening keynote and prayer service (May 14, 2012, 9:30 a.m.) for the 39th Spring Enrichment Program.
In the notification letter, Jeanne D. Schrempf, director of religious education for the Albany Diocese, writes (in part) the following to Sister Anne Bryan:
"This award is given to the person whose leadership, dedication, faithfulness and commitment to catechetical ministry have been 'the spark of deep, extensive renewal in the Church of Albany.' Your passion, dedication and commitment to bring the face of Jesus Christ, the Gospel in word and witness, and the mission of the Church to every corner of our diocese, state, nation and beyond is a gift that will shape the Church for generations to come. You, Anne, are one of the most outstanding catechists in the Church today through the guidance and healing offered to children, young people and adults through your training and professional skills and by bringing the gift of wholeness and holiness touched by your teaching, speaking and publishing.
You are, hands down, one of the most generous professional ministers in this diocese. There has never been a time when I or one of our staff asked you to help a troubled teen or adult, speak to our catechetical our youth ministry leaders, become part of a state or national conference, teach in one our programs or be part of a diocesan initiative that you said you could not do this. The same incredible Sister who is the keynote speaker at a national convention will offer the same talk or workshop to the folks at home. You are an awesome team player, and I have witnessed your generosity, commitment and loyalty at countless diocesan meetings and events. You are the one person I would always turn to for honesty, truthfulness and integrity.
Sister Anne, you have dedicated your life as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone you meet through gifts of faith, teaching, hospitality, compassion, guidance, healing, hope and love. You have done this through the witness of your own faith and values, the charism of your religious community, your gift of humor, your skill as a therapist and teacher and your incredible leadership in the Church today. You are the vision that Bishop Broderick saw when he called for the flame of faith to burn throughout this diocese!"