ASCJ Legacy Dinner Honorees
The U.S. Province of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus hosted its second bi-annual Legacy Dinner on Thursday, September 10, 2009, at Kemoll’s. Four members of the Cor Jesu community, who model the ideals of compassion and service of Clelia Merloni, the foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, were honored at the dinner.
The 2009 Clelia Merloni Award Honorees were: Monsignor Salvatore Polizzi and Jerry Wiegers for Service; John and Rosemarie Bianchi and CJ past parent and current grandparent, Frank Pellegrini, for Community Leadership; CJ Office Manager, past parent and current grandparent, Margie Geraghty Alsbach ’67, and Albina McFall for the Charism Award; and CJ alums, Michelle Price ’05 and Ann Rose '05, for the Youth Award.
Proceeds from the Legacy Dinner benefited the education of sisters in formation, care of elderly sisters and the ministries of the Province, in particular ASCJ-staffed inner-city schools and the congregation’s new immigrant center in New Haven, CT. The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the United States province presently minister in seven different dioceses in five states: Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Florida, as well as in Taiwan in the Peoples’ Republic of China. Their ministries in St. Louis include Sacred Heart Villa, St. Ambrose Catholic School, Cor Jesu Academy and Queen of Apostles Retreat and Spirituality Center. The sisters also serve in ministry at St. Louis University, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish and St. Joseph Parish in Imperial.
Congratulations to all the Clelia Merloni Award Honorees!
Photo (top): Legacy Dinner Honorees from left to right: Frank Pellegrini, Albina McFall, Msgr. Salvatore Polizzi, Rosemarie Bianchi, John Bianchi, Margie Alsbach, U.S. Provincial Sr. Maureen Martin, ASCJ, Jerry Wiegers (and front row), Michelle Price and Ann Rose.
Photo (left): U.S. Provincial Sr. Maureen Martin, ASCJ, Cor Jesu past parent and current grandparent, Frank Pellegrini, and Sr. Sheila O'Neill, ASCJ, Director of Mission Advancement for the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and former Cor Jesu principal.