Precious Blood Sisters living and ministering in the Toledo, Ohio, diocese attended the 23rd annual Urban All-American Celebration at the Pinnacle in Maumee on May 8. The event is key fundraiser for the Central City Ministry of Toledo (CCMT), which benefits the students of which benefits the students of CCMT campuses at Rosary Cathedral and Queen of Apostles in Toledo. Representing the Congregation at the event were Sisters Pat Gist, Karen Elliott, Amy Junk, Rita Rogier and Mary Lou Schmersal.
Central City Ministries is a unique collaborative endeavor to make a Catholic education possible for inner city families through the generous donations of time, talent, and treasure of countless persons and parishes throughout the area. These efforts provide hundreds of young people and their families the opportunity to be educated, thrive and grow in a Catholic faith community.
During the event, significant staff and support persons were recognized for outstanding contributions in the promotion and enhancement of Catholic education on two campuses: Queen of Apostles and Rosary Cathedral. An Achievement Award was given to two 2014 graduates who exhibit extraordinary achievement or academic, athletic and/or career success. They were chosen because each is a positive role model for today’s students, demonstrating integrity, high ideals and moral character. In addition, Mercy, a member of Catholic Health Partners, was awarded the Rev. Bernard J. Boff Service Award for their on-going support of the students, staff and teachers of Central City Ministries.
Story by Dave Eck