past honorees


Generosity of Joseph Past Honorees

Mary Christman, Saint Louis
As a physical therapist, Mary shared the gift of healing with clients in need in North St. Louis—a gift she now works to bring around the globe to Haiti. Responsible for the establishment of the Sustainable Therapy Foundation, Mary helps to empower Haitian students to attend physical therapy school, allowing them to contribute to the development of rehabilitation services in Haiti. 

Joseph and Rosemary Shaughnessy, Saint Louis
As the co-founder of BSI-Constructors, Joseph is known for his many successes and contributions to institutions that are an integral part in the life of St. Louis. Today, through BSI, their children continue to serve St. Louis by working with many not-for-profit agencies. Their volunteer service though their many memberships and associations with St. Louis institutions show that their service is not just a business—it is a way of life.

Ron Slepitza, PhD, CSJA, Kansas City
As president of CSJ-sponsored Avila University, Ron Slepitza is the kind of leader that walks the walk, using his personal, professional and spiritual resources to fuel the spirit of St. Joseph into every aspect of this thriving, successful university. Leading by example, Ron influences the next generation to be defenders of human dignity, healers and reconcilers, seekers of justice and caretakers of the poor - just as St. Joseph and the Sisters of St. Joseph have done.


2013 Honorees

Angel Outreach: St Joseph's Academy, St. Louis
In 2006, social studies teacher Jane Garvin founded the extra-curricular club as a way for the SJA students to live out the Sisters of St. Joseph’s call to “practice of all the spiritual and corporal works of mercy of which woman is capable and which will most benefit the dear neighbor” (CSJ Constitution). Angel Outreach provides many opportunities for the students to serve those in need in the St. Louis area, including “St. Joe Serves on the Second,” where Angels and their families make food and bring it to Sts. Peter and Paul Homeless Shelter and Meals program.

Peter and Clare Genovese, St. Louis
The Genoveses live the Gospel by giving of themselves for others, strengthened by the faith and love they share with one another.  Over the years, they have worked together to make a positive difference in many religious, educational and non-profit organizations, such as Boys Hope/Girls Hope. Peter puts the public face on their joint commitment, serving on the Board of Directors of many organizations, including the Archdiocesan Finance Council, the Arts and Education Council, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, Fontbonne University and the Incarnate Word Foundation, to name only a few.

Reverend Monsignor Robert "Father Bob" Gettinger, St. Louis
Ordained in 1964, Msgr. Gettinger has served in North St. Louis parishes since 1972 and has been at St. Augustine since 1992. He believes strongly in the  Northside and he has a great love of ministering with the African-American community. As a priest, he is consumed with working with and for the poor in the community. He feels very privileged to help people who are less fortunate. Fr. Bob conducts an emergency outreach program helping people with their utility bills, prescriptions, tuition and even funeral expenses. He supports the Wellston Center’s food pantry and thrift store, as well as a health clinic operated by St. Louis University which is open every Saturday to anyone in need.



2012 Honorees


Ascension Health, St. Louis
Advocate for quality Catholic health care
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 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
Advocates for affordable Catholic education and service to the poor
Quietly, and motivated by their deep faith, they spend themselves giving their time, talents and resources to causes such as  helping at-risk inner city youth, providing basic essential services to the needy, or participating in their parish Habitat building, and CSJ-sponsored Avila University and St. Teresa's Academy.

Jane Corbett, St. Louis
Advocate for the children of Haiti and thos in need in St. Louis
Whether she is working with the organization Healing the Children that serves children in Haiti or organizing a huge three-day garage sale, her relentless commitment is contagious. An advocate for all who are sick, homeless, hungry or in need of someone to care, Jane serves her parish, St. Michael's in Shrewsbury, Mo. and her St. Louis community with the zeal of Jesus.


2011 Honorees

Joe and Sue Fahey, Kansas City
Advocates for Affordable, High Quality Catholic Education
Joe and Sue have made a lifetime commitment of generosity of time, talen and treasure to promote affordable, high quality Catholic education throug their steadfast service and dedication to CSJ-sponsored Avila University and St. Teresa's Academy in Kansas City.

Jack and Julie Lally, St. Louis
Advocates for the Poor, Disenfranchised and Women at Risk
Jack and Julie unabashedly practice gospel values and the Catholic social teachings of the Church with their leadership in and service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis through organizations suchs as Catholic Charities, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services and Child Center - Marygrove.

Bob and Judy Sieckhaus, St. Louis
Advocates for Direct Service to the Poor, Homeless and Hungry
Bob and Judy devote their lives to serving the poor of St. Louis, particularly through their work at St. Vincent DePaul Parish. On any given day you will find them organizing fundraisers or delivering meals or sorting clothing donations.

2010 Honorees 

Corliss J. DuBois Cox, CSJA, St. Louis
Advocates for Youth
Corliss is the senior youth ministry coordinator for the St. Charles Lwanga Center of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  Instilling and promoting spiritual, economical, academic, social and cultural development of youth and young adults has been her mission.

Richard and Barbara Hammond, Haiti
Care for the Children of Haiti
Richard and Barbara founded the Friends of the Children in Haiti (FOTCOH) in 1991, after six years of organizing and overseeing a yearly medical mission to Haiti thorugh their parish. FOTCOH is a non-profit which provides critical care for the most vulnerable people on earth.

Thomas and Kathleen Gunn, St. Louis
Advocates for Faith-based Education, Health care and Social Services
Tom and Kate Gunn make a direct and systemic difference in the lives of individuals and faith-based education, health care and social service agencies and institutions through their countless hours of volunteering time and providing board expertise and leadership.

2009 Honorees

Lynne M. Cooper and DOORWAYS, St. Louis
Care and advocacy for those with AIDS
Lynne is the founder and President of Doorways, an interfaith AIDS housing and services organization dedicated to providing compassionate care for clients for more than twenty years. 

Richard D. Egan, Sister Bay, Wisconsin
Advocacy for the poor, marginated and underserved

Richard is the founder and ongoing supporter of FUVIRESE in Baños, Ecuador. This organization serves people, especially children, hidden by society because of their disabilities.

John M. Ringwald, St. Louis, Missouri
Care and advocacy for older persons
John is the chairperson of the Nazareth Living Center Board of Trustees and an integral part of sustaining, advancing and advocating for premier care for aging persons.

2008 Honorees

Ruben Garcia, Director and Co-Founder of Annunciation House, El Paso, Ruben Garcia has made it his life's ministry to serve the needs of the immigrant at Annunciation House, providing hospitality to close to 100,000 immigrants, refugees and undocumented persons from Mexico, Central America and 40 other countries.

Marie Kenyon, Managing Attorney of Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of St. Louis
Marie Kenyon has provided legal services to low income clients through St. Louis City and 10 surrounding counties since 1987, heping in both civil and immigration matters.

Robert G. Frazier, Executive Vice President, Mission and Community Services, Carondelet Health, Kansas City, Missouri
Robert Frazier is well knows and loved in the Kansas City community for his dedication to serving others in ways that foster unity, respect and justice, including with his work for Carondelet Health, Catholic education and in the formation of Catholic Charities in Kansas City.

2007 Honorees

Michelle Schiller-Baker, Founder/Executive Director of St. Martha's Hall, St. Louis, Missouri
Through St. Martha's Hall, a shelter for abused women and their children, Michelle Schiller-Baker has helped families heal from spousal abuse and empower them to change the course of their lives.

Hon. Judge Philip D. Heagney, Circuit Judge 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri
Judge Phillip D. Heagney serves from the bench in a manner that respects all. He was the first judge to give women the opportunity to offer women defendants the opportunity to choose to participate in a rehabilitation program rather than serve a jail sentence.

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