2012 Generosity of Joseph Gala Honorees Announced

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
6th Annual Generosity of Joseph Honors Gala
Friday, April 27, 2012

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province honors individuals and/or organizations whose life and service exhibit one or more of the following qualities as stated in our Constitution: Heals and reconciles; serves others without distinction;
recognizes and defends the human dignity of all; cares for creation;
promotes justice with a particular concern for the poor.

We are pleased to announce the 2012 Generosity of Joseph Honorees

Ascension Health, St. Louis, MO
Advocate for quality Catholic health care, especially the poor and vulnerable
Health care that works. Health care that is safe. Health care that leaves no one behind for life. As the largest Catholic and non-profit health system in the United States, Ascension Health advocates for a compassionate and just society through its mission-focused health ministries. In the spirit of the religious communities that brought their health systems together in 1999 to form Ascension Health, it remains rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer and committed to serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Dedicated to the heart of its mission, Ascension provided $1.2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and community benefit in 2011, reaching those in need at its 1,400 locations in 21 states. The focus on the spirituality that underlies the mission and values is paramount in the workplace, nurtured in Ascension's 121,000 associates through education, such as the lay leader formation program. In 2002, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet became the sixth sponsor of Ascension Health and today, we take pride in continuing the mission of supporting health care that leaves no one behind through our historical sponsorship of the system.

Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Virginia Coppinger, Kansas City, MO
Advocates for affordable Catholic education and service to the poor of Kansas City
When Tom and Virginia aren’t helping at-risk inner city youth, providing basic essential services to the needy, or participating in their parish Habitat building, they are serving on Avila University, St. Teresa Academy and Rockhurst University boards, committees, events and/or board of regents to help raise awareness and funds so that Catholic secondary and higher education is affordable and accessible to all. Then again, they may be helping ensure that the mission and ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph in the Kansas City Metro Area are known and remain viable. Quietly, and motivated by their deep faith, they spend themselves giving their time, talents and resources, because this is what it means to be people of God.

Jane Corbett, St. Louis, MO
Advocate for the children of Haiti and those in need in Saint Louis
At 76, Jane is not even close to “retiring” from helping the children of Haiti, the National Organization of Healing the Children, or organizing a three day huge garage sale to benefit the poor in Haiti. Then there is her relentless and contagious commitment to advocating for and helping in any way with those who are sick, homeless, hungry or in need of someone to care. This is what she does for her parish community and the St. Louis community. With the zeal of Jesus and the quiet of a church mouse, Jane selflessly spends all her energies helping others because she knows that this is what God expects of her, of all of us, and because she believes that one person, joining with others, will make a positive difference in our neighborhoods and in the world.

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