For his innovative ideas and projects in making health care ministry a top priority, Michael D. Connelly has been honored with the prestigious Sister Mary Concilia Moran, RSM, Award.
The award celebrates the memory of Sister Mary, who devoted her life to improving the health and well-being of those in need. She served as the superior of the Sisters of Mercy of the Union and pioneered development of Catholic health care.
Connelly is president and chief executive officer of Catholic Healthcare Partners here. He received the award at the 88th Catholic Health Assembly recently in Orlando, Fla.
The award is given by the Catholic Health Association of the United States.
Co-workers said Connelly's vision, leadership and inspiration are examples of how he places high priority on mission. But his leadership is more practical than visionary. This he has shown by becoming an active member of the communities he has served.
They said he is strong in giving direction as a leader, but he is even stronger working in the trenches with those he serves.
He worked with the Chicago Boys Club, the Seton School Mentor Program in East Palo Alto, Calif., and Cincinnati's Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund Board.
He helped to carry out his mission by mentoring a young man and paying his high school tuition.
"My years with the ministry have allowed me to reach out to the community and identify something tangible that I can say I have given back," Connelly said. "It is a great honor getting the award, but I attribute it to the organization I work for rather than to me."
David Jimenez, executive vice president of CHP, said Connelly inspires others to serve above reproach.
Connelly as head of CHP has promoted partnership among religious sponsors, laity and community.
CHP is co-sponsored by Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of the Humility of Mary, the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and Covenant Health Systems.
A local fashion group will hold a benefit for the Rosa and Raymond Parks Foundation for Self Development at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Ritz Night Club, Roselawn.
Marian Jasmine Askew, coordinator, said Rosa Parks will not attend, but that representatives from the foundation will present the film, Legacy of Rosa Parks.
For more information, call 556-9142, 381-7247 or 226-6806.
The city of Silverton kicks off its Summer Jazz in the Park series at 7 p.m. Friday in the Municipal Park, Montgomery and Stewart Roads. Alice Hoskins and the Unfinished Business perform Friday; Phil DeGreg Trio, Aug. 22 and Rich Nye and the Mud Bugs, Sept. 12. The concerts are free.
Contact Allen Howard at 768-8362, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 768-8340.
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