Eight men and women were recognized by Catholic Charities of the Southern Tier at the organization’s annual Parish Social Ministry Dinner, held June 6 at the Hill Top Inn in Elmira.
Father Jeremiah Moynihan, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Elmira, was honored for his strong support of the parish’s social ministry and his special concern about hunger.
Also recognized were Carol Farr and Dorothea Watts of St. Mary Our Mother Parish, Horseheads; Meaghan Sheehan of Ithaca College Catholic Community; Bill and Diane Cusick and Doris Overton of St. Mary’s Southside Parish, Elmira; and Martha Thorneley of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Elmira.
Honorees were selected by their parishes’ social-ministry committees for such efforts as volunteering at the Elmira Community Kitchen; advocacy for affordable housing and promoting the diocesan Public Policy Weekend; organizing Christmas-basket projects; raising awareness about respect for human rights and human life; and advocacy to close the School of the Americas.
“The honorees … are persons whose faith has led them (consistently and over the long-term) to serve the poor and vulnerable and to work to build God’s reign of love, justice and peace in their communities and the world,” according to a Catholic Charities press release.
Father Brian Cool, chair of the diocesan Public Policy Committee, served as keynote speaker for the Catholic Charities banquet.