Presentation Sisters' service celebrated
Award given at Ecclesia's dinner
The Sisters of the Presentation were joyfully thanked for their selfless service to the poorest of the poor here in the City of Newburgh when about 120 "Ecclesiacs" gathered for our first-ever Dorothy Day dinner celebration.
Sisters Norma Carney and Mary O'Neill accepted Our Dorothy Day Award on behalf of the sisters. Norma and Mary have, for many years, been God's loving presence and support for visitors to The Newburgh Ministry.
"This started off as a fundraiser for Our House, our drop-in center where 50 to 60 people come through the doors each day, seven days a week," said Ecclesia's Steve Ruelke. "We've got bills to pay and no steady base of support. But, in recent weeks, it has become something much more . . . it has become an opportunity to give thanks, to celebrate the life and legacy of Dorothy Day, and a chance to gather together as sisters and brothers loved by God for who we are, where we are."
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Thanks to the generosity of many of those in attendance as well as folks who couldn't make it, about 30 of our guests, people without a dime to their names, were able to join the celebration.
The award is named in honor of Dorothy Day, a Catholic layperson who cofounded the Catholic Worker movement which opened hospitality houses and soup kitchens across the country. Click here for more on Dorothy and her work.