John Fialka’s 1986 column from the Wall Street Journal that inspired phone calls, letters, and the beginnings of SOAR!.
John Fialka talks about how SOAR! began, how we got our name, and his hope for the future of religious life.
In an interview on the Catholic television network, EWTN, SOAR! Co-founder John Fialka was interviewed about the work of SOAR! and the stories of religious sisters and brothers, and their influence.
SOAR! held its 24th Annual SOAR! Award Dinner on Friday, 5 November 2010, at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. SOAR! was pleased to honor Paul and Jill McNamara with the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia from Bristow, Virginia received the Rita A. Hofbauer Award.
On Wednesday, 6 October 2010, at the Union League Club, New York, NY SOAR! honored Sister Francis Raftery, SC with the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR received the Father Victor Yanitelli, SJ Award.
Sister Kathleen Lunsmann, IHM, is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She is thrilled to be a part of SOAR! as its President and is committed to the mission of SOAR! and helping aging religious.
Sister Francis Raftery and Father Benedict J. Groeschel will be the honorees at the 24th annual benefit dinner for Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR!). The dinner will take place at The Union League Club in Manhattan on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 beginning at 6pm. The dinner benefits the frail and elderly religious through grants for everything from life saving medical equipment to repair and construction costs.
At the winter meeting of the SOAR! board of directors, members approved 44 grants for a total of $3/4 million to 44 religious congregations of women and men in 17 states. These grants will benefit almost 3,000 women and men religious at a median age of 79.
At its winter meeting in Washington, DC, the board of directors of Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR!) approved the award of 58 grants totaling $1 million that will benefit 58 religious congregations across 24 states and Puerto Rico. This decision and the money SOAR! is raising now will have an impact on the lives of more than 1,900 elderly and infirm religious whose median age is about 78 years old.
View the list of SOAR!’s honorees since 1987.