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Sister Marie Wilson, CSJ, (Sister Helen Francis) Receives Vatican's Highest Award
On February 3, 2013, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, NY, eight individuals in the Syracuse Diocese, including Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet Sister Marie Wilson, received the Pontifical Cross: Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For the Church and the Pope). This medal is given for distinguished service to the Church by lay people, religious and clergy. The award is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Papacy.
Sister Marie (Sister Helen Francis), a native of Glens Falls, NY, is celebrating her seventieth anniversary as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet this March. She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from The College of Saint Rose, Albany. A teacher and administrator in diocesan schools for 27 years, Sister Marie began her service in parish ministry. Her remarkable career of 40 years at St. Paul’s Parish, Rome, NY, has touched the lives of thousands of God’s people, blessing them with the Gospel message and bringing to them the CSJ charism of unity and reconciliation.
Congratulations, Sister Marie!