2018 Generosity of Joseph Honorees Announced


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Each year the Sisters of St. Joseph publicly acknowledge individuals, couples, and/or organizations whose generosity positively influences and contributes to the betterment of society and encourages one another by example to practice life-altering generosity, just as our patron Joseph did.

This year's honorees all have devoted their lives to serving others in way that recognizes human dignity in all, especially of those in need.

The following individuals will be honored at our gala on April 20:

Anne Borgmeyer, DNP and David Borgmeyer, DDS

St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis
Borgmeyer Dental, St. Louis

Recognizes and defends the human dignity of all
Promotes justice with a particular concern for the poor

For David and Anne Borgmeyer, offering their time and talent is more than a full-time job. It’s a way of life. Along with their busy careers—David, a dentist with a successful practice he runs with two of his sons, and Anne, a pediatric nurse practitioner, who holds a doctorate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis—have together brought the gift of music to their parish, St. Stephen Protomartyr in south St. Louis.

As volunteers for more than 30 years, David and Anne have served as music specialists for the parish school, a role that due to budget constraints would otherwise fall to classroom teachers. They not only teach weekly classes, but produce shows and traveling performances as well.  They also direct and accompany the children’s choir. Not limited to youth activities, David and Anne share their musical talents with the adult choir, giving sacred concerts for the parish and local community.

Their generosity extends to their patients, with compassionate care being their number one priority. David also performs pro bono dental work for immigrants and refugees.

Partners in life and ministry, David and Anne exemplify the spirit of St. Joseph, giving of themselves in service to others for the glory of God.

 

 

Cheryl Broekelmann

Director, St. Louis Operations
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis

Serves all persons without distinction
Recognizes and defends the human dignity of all

Cheryl Broekelmann has dedicated her 30-year educational career to the CSJ’s founding mission, St. Joseph’s Institute for the Deaf (SJI). As a teacher, administrator and nationally-recognized speaker and author, Cheryl has continued to serve a world in need by caring for students who are deaf or profoundly hard of hearing.

Currently the director of SJI’s St. Louis operations, Cheryl provides an innovative educational experience for the students. Developing modern approaches to respond to the emerging needs of deaf children today, she has led initiatives such as the online iHear program that reach children and families on a global scale, as well as the new preschool program for children with multiple disabilities.

Beyond professional skills, Cheryl embodies the sisters’ charism at SJI, treating all children and families with compassion and respect. Her passion is contagious, as demonstrated by the welcoming environment she has created at the school. No family ever leaves SJI without being helped in some way, whether through an SJI program or her professional reference.

Cheryl’s notable contributions and selfless dedication to SJI children and their families are a living witness to the sisters’ 180-year legacy of serving the deaf.

 

 

Vanee Wongsurawat, M.D.

Physician, Nazareth Living Center, St. Louis

Heals and reconciles
Serves all persons without distinction

Dr. Vanee Wongsurawat epitomizes the best of what anyone would want in their physician. She listens well, is readily available and treats her patients with respect, care and compassion. Fortunately for the Sisters of St. Joseph, Dr. Vanee is an integral part of caring for the aging sisters at Nazareth Living Center.  

Dr. Vanee, who has worked at Nazareth for 25 years, serves as the primary care physician for most of the sisters-in-residence. She is devoted to them and has demonstrated exemplary care for them. Regardless of the hour or her scheduled rotation, she is a gentle presence for the sisters in need, whether at Nazareth or in the hospital.

She is a strong advocate for the elderly and is selfless in her care of all patients, never refusing a patient care due to financial concern. And her presence on the Nazareth Ethics Committee helps assure that other staff are conscious of the dignity each resident deserves as well.

Dr. Vanee’s generous ministry of healing has made their lives of those in need, as well as those of our sisters and sister caregivers, very blessed.

Updated 3/6/2018

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