Friday, April 5, 2013 | St. Francis Hall, Washington DC
Sr. Pat Farrell, OSF, past-president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, accepted the Eighth Anselm Moons, OFM Award to a standing ovation. The Franciscan sister from Dubuque, Iowa wiped away tears as Franciscan Mission Service honored her for her courageous commitment to Gospel living.
“This is a very treasured award for me and I am so honored to be here because this really feels like coming home. This organization represents some of the greatest aspirations of my own life: to be really Franciscan, mission and service.” She went on to tell stories of her mission work abroad.
Following Sr. Pat’s powerful testimony, keynote speaker Melinda Henneberger stood up to give hers on how she still feels connected despite the challenges to her faith that she experiences as a member of the mainstream media. The Washington Post columnist had titled her talk, “Keeping the Door of Faith Open: Remaining in the Catholic Church Today.”
Melinda said it was the first time she really spoke about her faith in publicly, and this honesty really resonated with the crowd. A question-and-answer session followed the keynote for the first time ever. After the program, guests were buzzing about the speakers as they placed their silent auction bids and finished up the wine and desserts.
All seven videos from the evening in one playlist:
St. Pat Farrell accepts the award:
Melinda Henneberger gives the keynote:
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