Eight social ministers were recognized at Catholic Charities’ annual Parish Social Ministry Dinner, held June 8 at the Hill Top Inn in Elmira. The honorees are:
Linda and Dan Finlay, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Ithaca. They have been involved in leadership related to peace and peacemaking for their parish’s social-justice committee. The Finlays organized a parish study/reflection program to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the U.S. bishops’ "Challenge of Peace" pastoral.
Barbara Limoncelli, St. Mary Our Mother, Horseheads. She served as chairperson of the parish social-ministry committee for five years and as a committee member prior to that.
Barbara Angelo and Joanne Yeager, Christ the Redeemer Parish, Elmira. They serve as special-projects coordinators for their parish’s social-ministry committee, organizing such activities as making Christmas baskets and selling Respect Life Mother’s Day carnations.
Sister Raymond Joseph, RSM, St. Mary Southside Parish, Elmira. A longtime teacher, she has coordinated her parish’s bereavement ministry for many years and also has served as organist and pastoral visitor in the Elmira area.
Faith and Mike Tarby, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Elmira. They organized their parish social-ministry committee’s Global Solidarity Team and serve as team leaders. Their focus is on building parish participation in the programs and initiatives of Catholic Relief Services. They helped increase the Lent 2009 Operation Rice Bowl proceeds by 300 percent.
Serving as keynote speaker for the June 8 event was Edward Nowak, retired Monroe County Public Defender and current member of the diocesan Public Policy Committee. He spoke on the theme of "Prodigal Sons and Daughters: Transition from Incarceration to Home and Community." This theme is a public-policy education priority of the Rochester Diocese for 2009-10.