2016 generosity of joseph honorees

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Kathleen "Murph" Murphy
St. Louis, Missouri


Former Educator
Volunteer and Activist
Heals and Reconciles
Serves all persons without distinction.

"I reflect at times on what it means to have a SEEN disability and realize how many others are overlooked, those with something UNSEEN, because no one bothers to take the time to STOP and notice them."

Kathleen is a former CSJ and is originally from Chicago, Illinois. After many years of teaching and serving as principal at St. Pius V School in St. Louis, Kathleen was injured by a single bullet and was left paralyzed from the waist down. This has not stopped her nor slowed her down. She is currently working at Doorways, which provides housing and related supportive services for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

With determination, she has come through great adversity so that she can continue to reach out to the dear neighbor. She has also been a model of reconciliation by forgiving the person who caused her paralysis.

Along with many other organizations, Kathleen is involved in Unlimited Play, a non-profit organization that builds universally-accessible playgrounds to promote health and wellness for all children. She served on the board and was treasurer of the organization for 10 years. She is currently on the Advisory Board and working on an educational component of the organization.

Kathleen continues to be a role model of hope, joy, generosity and determination, working quietly behind the scenes, much like St. Joseph did.

 

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Ann Rotermund
St. Louis, Missouri

Former Senior Director of Mental Health Programs (St. Patrick Center)
Activist/Advocate for the Homeless
Promotes justice with a particular concern for the poor.
Recognizes and defends the human dignity of all.

"Every new year in teaching reminded me that I needed to give every child a new chance to learn and grow. My job was to offer them the space, support and encouragement to do that.  I would take this attitude with me to the work at St. Patrick Center."  

Ann, formerly a CSJ, began her teaching career while still a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In 1985, after many years of teaching fourth graders as well as children with emotional and learning disabilities, she began her long-time service at St. Patrick Center in St. Louis. In her tenure at St. Patrick Center, she has served in various capacities. She has also served on the State Advisory Committee for the Department of Mental Health.

After retiring from her full-time position in 2013 as the senior director of mental health programs at St. Patrick Center, she continues to be a consultant with St. Patrick’s. Her commitment to serving the poor and homeless encompasses all aspects of the ministry as she not only reaches out to all who came to her for service—she is also a supportive presence to the program’s staff members. And with a focus on mind, body and spirit, she is a dedicated facilitator with the Ignatian Spirituality Program, which provides retreats for the homeless in St. Louis.

In addition to our Generosity of Joseph Award, her work aiding St. Louis’ homeless has been recognized, including being honored with the Cardinal Rigali Service Award. She is recognized at her home parish, St. Stephen Protomartyr, for her significant contributions as well.

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