Elms College Junior Receives Sisters of St. Joseph Award

5/10/2016 |

Mary Kate Sullivan, a junior majoring in Education and Psychology at Elms College, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the college’s Sisters of St. Joseph Award.  Sullivan received the award at the college’s Honors Convocation May 6. 

The annual award is given to a student who does service to others, tries to bring positive change to the campus and beyond, and exhibits the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph, “uniting neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God without distinction.” She is shown here (center) with Assistant Director of Campus Ministry Eileen Kirk (left) and Director of Campus Ministry Sr. Carol Allan.

Sullivan is a 21-year-old Springfield resident who has served as President of the Future Teachers Club and has volunteered for the Springfield Public Schools and St. Thomas School in West Springfield.  She is also active in Campus Ministry and Active Minds and has joined the SSJ quilting group which make quilts for pediatric patients.

Sullivan, who was taught by Sisters of St. Joseph at Holy Cross Elementary School and Cathedral High School, says the Sisters have been great role models.  “As a teacher I hope to bring their values of volunteering, giving and helping others to my students.” 

Sr. Carol Allan, Campus Minister, says Sullivan was chosen because she lives the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph. “She embraces who our congregation is in such a positive way,” Allan says.

Sullivan says she plans to pursue a Master’s degree after graduation.

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