Elmira banquet honors social ministers - Catholic Courier

Elmira banquet honors social ministers

Six Southern Tier residents were honored June 14 with Works of Love awards for their efforts in social ministry.

They were recognized at the annual Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry Dinner, held June 14 at the Hill Top Inn in Elmira. The award is presented to people in the community who strive to live a consistent ethic of life, serve the poor and vulnerable, and work toward justice and peace in their community and in the world.

This year’s Works of Love honorees are:

  • Elizabeth Berliner, who is retiring as principal of Holy Family Middle School in Elmira. She has fostered student leadership for social ministry through a focus on the environment; annual Lenten participation in Operation Rice Bowl; year-round volunteerism at Elmira Community Kitchen; and traveling with students each year to Albany to participate in the New York State Catholic Conference Public Policy Forum.

  • Ronnie Lepkowski, St. Mary Our Mother Parish, Horseheads. She has coordinated and led for 20 years the team of chefs from her parish who volunteer at Elmira Community Kitchen. These people prepare and serve the meal on the second Tuesday of each month.

  • Anne Bremer, Christ the Redeemer Parish, Elmira. She serves as a member and treasurer of the parish social-ministry committee; helps to organize annual participation in the diocesan Public Policy Weekend; develops issue-education materials for the committee/parish; and coordinates the annual Christmas Basket project.

  • Teresa Koellner, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Elmira. She helped the merger of three parish social-ministry committees into one following parish clustering; has served for more than 10 years on the team of parish volunteer chefs who prepare and serve the meal on the third Thursday of the month at Elmira Community Kitchen; and works at her parish’s food pantry.

  • Mary Anne Daugherty, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Elmira. She is a longtime member of her parish social-ministry committee; provides leadership for such committee initiatives as the Care for God’s Creation project that gives a seedling tree to each child receiving first Communion; and coordinates the annual parishwide baby shower that collects supplies for Catholic Charities’ Mothers and Babies program.

  • Father Jeff Tunnicliff, St. Mary Southside Parish, Elmira. He was instrumental in helping the parish social-ministry committee reorganize and recruit new ministers, and collaborated with Catholic Charities to present regional education programs on diocesan public-policy priorities. Father Tunnicliff also was honored in light of his departure from Elmira to take a new assignment at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Community in the Finger Lakes.

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