Recognizing for January - Catholic Courier

Recognizing for January

‚Ä¢ Bishop Kearney High School graduate Colleen Anne O’Brien, the daughter of Greg and Agnes O’Brien of Rochester, was accepted into the Peace Corps. O’Brien left for China July 1 and trained to become an English-language education Peace Corps volunteer. O’Brien is teaching English to future primary- and middle-school English teachers and university-level instructors.

‚Ä¢ Chelsea O’Connor of Holley was selected in 2007 as a recipient of the Ave Maria University Citizen Scholarship. O’Connor, a member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Brockport, started the “Lift High the Cross Campaign” in which she asked Christians nationwide to place a cross in their lawns during Easter.
‚Ä¢ Father Thomas Miller, Class of 1935, and F. Regis Mooney, Class of 1946, received the meritorious service award from Aquinas Institute of Rochester in 2007. Father Miller taught at Aquinas from 1952 to 1968 and then organized the Office of Alumni Relations’ records on more than 10,000 alumni. Father Miller retired in 1984, but continued to help out on campus, raking, gardening and working in the concession stand, dubbed Father Tom’s Hots. Mooney, a real estate broker and appraiser, was a founding member of the Aquinas Sports Booster Club, and has served for more than 25 years on the Aquinas Institute Board of Trustees, Mission Bouts and Hall of Fame committees.
‚Ä¢ In 2007, Catholic Charities of Livingston County’s HOPE Youth Mentoring Program celebrated its 10th anniversary at Highland Park in Geneseo. Over the past decade, more than 160 boys and girls in Livingston County were matched with mentors. Tim McMahon, Tera Storms, Marshall Boyler and Kim Ruliffson helped develop and perfect the program.
• Sister of St. Joseph Seraphine Herbst was named the 2007 Executive of the Year as part of the Greater Rochester Awards Luncheon that was Oct. 25 at the Hyatt Regency. The award is presented by the Rochester Business Journal and the United Way. Since 1962, Sister Herbst has served as executive director of the School of the Holy Childhood in Henrietta, which helps people with developmental disabilities, and she worked as a teacher prior to that time.

• After seven years of post-novitiate formation work in Berkeley, Calif., Capuchin Brother Mark Mance was reassigned to work at the Capuchin Franciscan interprovincial novitiate in Burlington, Wis. He is one of four formation directors for the novitiate that currently has 25 novices from across the United States, Canada, Guam and Australia. Brother Mance is the son of Arthur and Jane Mance, who are parishioners of St. Margaret Mary Church in Irondequoit.
‚Ä¢ Bernard Grizard, diocesan director of Parish Support Ministries, and the staff of the Multicultural Office/Parish Support Ministries were honored with the Bronze Award in the 28th International Telly Awards for the 2007 DVD “Blessed Are You: The Many Gifts of Culture.” The Tellys honor television commercials and programs. AV8 Productions of Rochester produced and the Raskob Foundation funded the video, which is available at

‚Ä¢ The parish hall at Immaculate Conception Church in Ithaca has been renamed Carges Hall in honor of its late pastor, Father Bernard Carges. A dedication ceremony was held following the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 18, in conjunction with the anniversary of Father Carges’ appointment as pastor on Nov. 20, 1975. Father Carges served Immaculate Conception for 22 years.

• Margaret Dean was welcomed as a Mercy Associate in a ceremony held Nov. 26 at Immaculate Conception Church in Ithaca. She has previously served in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jamaica with the Mercy Volunteer Corp. She is among a large group of women from Immaculate Conception affiliated with the Mercy order either as associate, volunteer or professed sister.

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