Cabrini Immigrant Services held its annual Liberty & Justice Awards Reception on Thursday, November 16th at Estherwood Mansion in Dobbs Ferry, New York. The event was held in honor of the Sisters of Charity of New York and Thomas Dobbins, Coordinator of Justice and Peace and Producer of Sirius XM Radio at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.
In addition to the honorees, Marianne McGowan, ESL Coordinator for Cabrini Immigrant Services, was also recognized upon the occasion of her retirement for her 15 years of dedicated and outstanding service to the program and presented with an inscribed globe by Cabrini Immigrant Services Volunteer and former honoree, Sr. Damien Ciminera, MSC.
The honorees drew a record crowd of over 100 supporters and raised a record-breaking net of $28,000! The evening was made even more special with the presence of Provincial, Sr. Pietrina Raccuglia, MSC (see photo below) and who shared a little-known fact about the history of Mother Cabrini. When Mother Cabrini arrived in New York with the first group of MSCs, they had nowhere to stay. They were taken in by the Sisters of Charity of New York and told they could stay as long as needed. As 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the Sisters of Charity of New York and the 100th anniversary of the passing of Mother Cabrini into eternal life, it was very fitting and moving to witness Sr. Pietrina, MSC, thank the Sisters of Charity of New York for providing Mother Cabrini and the MSCs with refuge and present them with the Cabrini Liberty & Justice Award!
Proceeds from the event will benefit the programs of Cabrini Immigrant Services, which include: English for Speakers of Other Languages (“ESOL”) Programs, after-school homework help program, assistance with preparations for the citizenship test, aid in procuring benefits, provision of health screening and referrals, and various other support and educational services. We are grateful to the honorees for their many contributions to immigrant services and all who supported this important fundraiser.