ArchCare Among Honorees at Gala Benefiting Aging Religious

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SOAR!—Support Our Aging Religious—is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a gala dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Manhattan.

This year, the board of directors will honor ArchCare, the health care ministry of the Archdiocese of New York; Father James Martin, S.J., editor at large of the Jesuit magazine America; and Sister Mary O’Neill, P.B.V.M., of Newburgh Ministry.

The celebration begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South. Dinner follows at 7 p.m.

Proceeds for the dinner benefit SOAR!, which offers grants to meet the immediate needs of aging Catholic sisters, brothers and priests. This year, it provided nearly $1 million in grants to religious communities across the United States.

ArchCare will receive the St. Katharine Drexel Award for its philanthropic work and ministry. ArchCare’s mission is to “foster and provide faith-based holistic care to frail and vulnerable people unable to fully care for themselves.”

Father Martin, also a best-selling author, will receive the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award for his leadership in the Catholic community.

Sister Mary, who helps the disadvantaged in Newburgh, will receive the Father Victor Yanitelli Award. Each year SOAR! presents the award to a senior religious in the New York area to honor service to others.

At the dinner, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia will also be recognized with the Rita A. Hofbauer Grant. The sisters carry out their mission “to live and work so that all people may be united to God and with one another” through ministries such as education, social services and in parishes.

Information and registration: Sister Kate Clancy, I.H.M., (202) 529-7627 or kclancy@soar-usa.org; www.soar-usa.org.

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