CSJs Host 10th Annual Generosity of Joseph Gala



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Ann Rotermund with Sister Linda Straub; Sister Rebecca Holley with Kathleen Murphy

Sparkle and glamour filled the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet’s historical motherhouse on the night of April 22 as more than 160 sisters, donors, family and friends came together in celebration of two special women, Ann Rotermund and Kathleen Murphy, for their service to the dear neighbor during the 10th Annual Generosity of Joseph Honors Gala.

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 recipients do that and more. Ann and Kathleen, both former members, devote their lives to serving others without distinction in the St. Louis area.

“We cannot thank Ann and Kathleen enough for allowing us to honor them,” says Patty Cassens, executive director of mission advancement. “Their selfless dedication to the dear neighbor has touched so many lives, and they continue to be a source of hope, joy and generosity to all.”

An activist and advocate for the homeless, Ann has served for 30 plus years in various capacities at the St. Patrick Center. She was the former senior director of mental health programs and is now a consultant for St. Patrick’s. Life-long friend Sister Linda Straub, a member of the Province Leadership, presented her with the generosity award for promoting justice with a particular concern for the poor, and recognizing and defending the human dignity of all.

Kathleen, a volunteer and activist, is a former educator and now works at Doorways, an organization that provides housing and related support services for people affected by HIV/AIDS. Sister Rebecca Holley presented her dear friend with the award for healing and reconciling, and serving all persons without distinction.

The evening featured many highlights including two fund-a-need auctions. More than $11,000 was raised for our ministries in Gulu, Uganda, to provide families with more water filtration systems and the maternity clinic with more prenatal care vitamins. Donations totaling $850 will go to Angel Baked Cookies, a social enterprise in North St. Louis that empowers youth through employment, training and personal development, which is a part of Sister Pat Bober’s youth ministry programs at St. Teresa & Bridget Parish.

A special concert was also held featuring internationally-known countertenor Terry Barber. His amazing voice and dynamic presence thrilled the audience as he performed repertoire from his “80 Days Around the World” tour with a moving rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water dedicated to Ann and Kathleen.

The night ended with dinner and a blessing in song from the CSJ sisters, associates and former members as they sang Sancte Joseph.

“This year’s gala was one of our best,” reflects Richard Rutz, director of mission advancement. “Thank you to our honorees and guests for your generosity and support."

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by Sarah Baker
April 29, 2016

Photos by LK Photography+


Our Honorees: To learn more about Ann and Kathleen, click here.

Photo Gallery: Click here to view photos from the event. 

Video: Click here to watch a view featuring all of our honorees throughout the past 10 years.

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