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2016 New York City Awards Dinner
September 21, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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SOAR! held its 2016 New York Awards Dinner benefiting aging religious on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. To read more about the event and view photos, click here.
Father James J. Martin, SJ
Editor At-Large, America Magazine
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Awardee
Saint Katharine Drexel Awardee
Sister Mary O’Neill, PBVM
Father Victor Yanitelli Awardee
Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia
Rita Hofbauer Grant Awardee
About the Honorees
James Martin was born in Plymouth Meeting, PA, in 1960, attended Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1982, where he received his bachelor’s degree in economics with a concentration in finance. After working for six years in corporate finance with General Electric in New York City and Stamford, CT, he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in August 1988.
In 1995, Martin began graduate theology studies at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry), in Cambridge, MA, where he received his master’s degree in divinity in 1998, and his master’s in theology in 1999. After completing his Jesuit studies, he was ordained a Catholic priest in June 1999 in Chestnut Hill, MA. In November 2009, he pronounced his final vows as a “fully professed” Jesuit in New York City.
Father Martin is the author and editor of several books. His most recent book is Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus. His book Jesus: A Pilgrimage, was a New York Times bestseller and won both a Christopher Award and a Catholic Press Association Award.
Besides articles in Catholic publications, Father Martin has written for, among other places, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, O Magazine and other newspapers and websites, including Slate, Time, CNN, The Huffington Post and The New York Times’s and The Washington Post’s websites. He has commented on religion and spirituality in the national and international media, and he has appeared on all the major radio and television networks.
The Archdiocese of New York’s ministry cares for people of all ages and faiths where they are most comfortable and best able to receive it. With more and more families seeking alternatives to traditional nursing homes, ArchCare has transformed itself from a provider of institutional care for the frail elderly into a growing and dynamic continuing care community.
ArchCare offers a seamless continuum of care that makes it easy to move from one level of care or care setting to another as health needs change. Individuals who require less medical supervision receive care in their own familiar surroundings from ArchCare’s home care nurses, aides, and therapists. Even those who require more intensive support can continue to live independently or with family members and still get the medical, social, and other attention they need from ArchCare’s health plans.
ArchCare has short-term rehabilitative care covered, along with dignified, family-centered end-of-life care and highly specialized care for people with complex medical needs. And social workers and nurse managers are there every step of the way to explain all the options and provide emotional support.
Sister Mary O’Neill, PBVM grew up in Long Island and entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1950. After studying at Manhattan College and Fordham University, she earned a degree in education in 1960.
As a teacher, Sister Mary primarily worked with junior high school students in the Archdiocese of New York. In the classroom, she dedicated herself to bringing to life the words of the congregation’s mission to promote “hope, justice, freedom and human dignity” and inspired her students in whatever way they could to help the poor.
In 1983, she began working for Catholic Charities in Ulster County, NY, where she oversaw an outreach program for the elderly and homebound, coordinated parish services for the homebound and studied for a certificate in hospital chaplaincy and hospice work. From 1983 to 2002, Sister Mary also sat on the board of directors for Reaping the Harvest in Marlboro, NY, which provides assistance to migrant farmworkers.
In 2003, at an age when most people are long retired, she began her third career, helping the disadvantaged at the Newburgh Ministry. Five women religious started the ministry in 1983 in response to the needs they saw in Newburgh’s streets. Sister Mary’s work at Newburgh Ministry includes advocacy, informal case management and referral to rehabilitation services.
The Sisters of St. Joseph came to Philadelphia in 1847. Through their many ministries, including education, social services and parish ministries, they “live and work so that all people may be united with God and with one another.”
As neighbors among neighbors they continue to respond to the unmet and critical needs of our world, and the Sisters called to a special preference for persons who are poor, marginalized and vulnerable. At their Chapter Gathering in 2014 they articulated that call through their Generous Promise:
“Impelled by the Spirit of God, the plight of Earth and the consciousness that all is one, we, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, desire to live ever more boldly the Gospel and our Constitutions. We promise to commit ourselves, our corporate prophetic voice, and appropriate resources to the flourishing of Earth and to the unmet needs of persons who are poor, marginalized and vulnerable. To live this promise, we:
- Advance the rights and dignity of all people, especially women and children.
- Commit to dynamic engagement between leadership and membership.
- Collaborate creatively with all people, especially our Associates and our Church.
- Deepen our communal life.
- Share deliberately and passionately our SSJ spirituality.
- Foster and witness to the joy of religious vocation.”