Member News

FADICA Emeritus Board Chair Denny Hattler of the Loyola Foundation will received the Saint Katharine Drexel Award on November 4 from SOAR! (Support Our Aging Religious). Denny was the founding Chair of SOAR!, which celebrates 30 years this year.

FADICA Board Member Patrick McGrory of the Raskob Foundation received the Ignatius Award November 10 from the Saint Joseph's University Alumni Association. The award recognizes a graduate from within the past 20 years who has devoted efforts in the service and promotion of Saint Joseph’s University and/or has lived a life of “service to others” consistent with the principles of Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. 

FADICA member The Erica P. John Fund's commitment to social and racial justice in Milwaukee demonstrates solidarity in one of the cities shaken last year by a fatal police shooting and subsequent unrest and protests. In the 1980s, Erica and Harry John and a group of parents spearheaded the re-opening of Messmer Catholic High School, located right on the dividing line between historically segregated North and South Milwaukee. Today, Messmer is an oasis for students from under-resourced urban communities. The high school boasts a culture of experimental and effective approaches, linked with strong spirituality and a vibrant campus ministry that integrates Catholic social teaching. The school is also graced with a beautiful chapel and accompanying spiritual art donated by the Fund, and houses a theater and a robust dramatic arts program. The Johns were involved and supportive of the civil rights movement in Milwaukee, long before civil rights laws were passed under President Lyndon Johnson

Recent research released by the Hilton Foundation finds that 72% of Americans hold Catholic sisters in high regard, yet have limited understanding of their life and work. The newly launched Sister to All campaign distills the research for use on social media and traditional news outlets. Discover more about Americans' perceptions of Catholic sisters by visiting the Sisters to All website and using #SisterToAll, to promote greater understanding of the vitality and impact of women religious in our Church and society. 

In preparation for the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting in Santa Monica, we will feature FADICA's Southern California members serving on the Host Committee.

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