Meet Our 2015 Generosity of Joseph Honorees

Generosity of Joseph Gala 2015

The Sisters of St. Joseph proudly announce this year's recipients of the Generosity of Joseph award: Carmele Hall, Chris Krehmeyer and Mary Kay Wagner.

This award publicly acknowledges and celebrates individuals and/or projects whose life and service positively influences and contributes to the betterment of society, encouraging others by example to practice life-altering generosity in the spirit of St. Joseph, our patron.

The awards will be presented at the Generosity of Joseph Honors Gala on Friday, April 24 at the motherhouse. The evening includes cocktails, silent auction, dinner and the honors ceremony. 

Read more and register online or call 314-678-0328 for information.

Meet our honorees:

Carmele HallCarmele Hall was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Matthew in north St. Louis.  She says the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet community has provided her with many of the skills she has continued to use throughout her many years of ministry.  Carmele served for nearly 40 years in education as a teacher, principal, dean of students and president at institutions directly serving the poor and underserved.  Carmele is known for working through matters requiring healing or reconciliation by building bridges and bringing about a sense of unity.  She has an innate desire to serve others and her actions are guided by principles of our Catholic faith.  Carmele worked tirelessly to provide the best educational opportunity for the children in the north side community often serving as mentor and a role model.  She was instrumental in keeping the north side schools on the mind and in the heart of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church as well as the Archdiocesan school leadership.  Carmele constantly promoted the need for quality education as a resource for lifting individuals out of the chains of poverty.

Chris KrehmeyerChris Krehmeyer is president and CEO of Beyond Housing (a NeighborWorks America organization in St. Louis, Missouri). During his tenure the nonprofit has experienced fivefold growth.  Chris has stewarded the organization through a name change, helped found a not-for-profit property management company, guided it through a successfully merger, and a recent rebranding effort.  Beyond Housing focuses on quality and stability to give people a place to start.  Its focus is on improving people’s lives in a holistic manner and in helping entire communities become better places to live.  Under Chris’ leadership, he is able to bring civic leaders, nonprofits and corporate partners together to accomplish more for their communities than they could alone.  Beyond Housing does not restrict its service to housing only.  They have helped Normandy kindergartners enroll in savings account and accounts that will yield funds for college students. Chris' passionate commitment to the services offered by Beyond Housing allows him to promote justice directed to the poor, serves others without distinction or exclusion and not only recognizes the human dignity of all, but promotes it.

Mary Kay WagnerMary Kay Wagner grew up in a strict Catholic home and her father did not allow her to bring anyone home of Jewish or African American origin to their house. College allowed Mary Kay to meet others of color and different faiths. This opened up her world as she in turn would open the world to others who were excluded.  Mary Kay married and had four children and later found a chemist position.  In November 1995, her gay cousin took his own life because he could no longer take the abuse and prejudice.  He was 35 years old.  She decided to do something and joined a social group. Positive Voice.  They were looking for someone to hold an open house at the gay local church.  This followed with the Teen Partnership supported by Goodwill Industries.  For years, Mary Kay was there every Monday night welcoming teens and young adults of LBGT orientation.  Since her retirement she helps at her parish church. But she does not forget her work with the LGBT teens and young adults of the Green Bay community.  Mary Kay recently became an associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

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