Earlier in September during a special Zoom event, Cardinal Cupich presented Sr. Cathy Fedewa, CSFN, Immigrant Outreach Coordinator at Cabrini Retreat Center, with the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Award. This award recognizes a leader in the Immigration Ministry’s network who embodies Mother Cabrini’s missionary and pastoral spirit in tireless service to immigrants.
A number of the Missionary Sisters attended the ceremony including Sr. Bernadette Anello, Sr. Antonina Avitabile, Sr. Ayantu Bishaka, Sr. Joaquina Costa, Sr. Catherine Garry, Sr. Genet Henok and Sr. Bridget Zanin.
Sr. Cathy’s spirit of Mother Cabrini goes beyond any doors and into the community making an everlasting impact on our immigrant sisters and brothers. She brings a wealth of experience and valuable insights as she serves individuals and families through active ministry in schools, parishes, and social agencies. As Coordinator of Immigrant Outreach and Advocacy at the Cabrini Retreat Center in Des Plaines, Illinois, she responds to the challenges immigrants face in new and creative ways.
She has visited and prayed with detained immigrants at the Broadview Detention Center and tutored a Chinese student through the Aquinas Literacy Center. Sr. Cathy serves on the Board of Bethany House of Hospitality for Women, which offers housing and support services to young immigrant women as they start the path for independence. (The Missionary Sisters also financially support Bethany House.)
Sr. Cathy provided leadership for the Chicagoland Share the Journey Walk partnering with the Archdiocese of Chicago, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the Mother Cabrini League, St. Anthony Hospital and Maryville Academy.
In addition, Sister Cathy is a member of Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants (SBI) and the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI), and has blessed Pastoral Migratoria with her many talents on the Immigration Ministry’s annual Posada and National Migration Week activities.