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Sister of Mercy Wins Award for Outstanding Service

Sister Cathleen Cahill Receives 2009 Archdiocese of Chicago Award

Chicago (June 5, 2009) Sister Cathleen Cahill, R.S.M., administrative director of the Pastoral Ministry Institute of Saint Xavier University, recently received an Archdiocese of Chicago award for her outstanding service in support of lay ministry education and formation in the local Church of Chicago.  

The “Now Only Dawn” award is given annually by the Archdiocesan Office for Lay Ministry Formation. It honors those who have distinguished themselves by carrying forth the vision of human efforts toward the fulfillment of God’s superior and inscrutable designs announced by Pope John XXIII as he opened the Second Vatican Council in 1962.

Among other qualities cited in the award presentation, Cahill was identified for “her keen intellect, wisdom, invaluable ministerial experience, gentleness, compassion and passion for empowering laity, which has characterized and distinguished her service over the decades within the Archdiocese of Chicago and through her position in the Pastoral Ministry Institute of Saint Xavier.

Cahill assisted in creating the Vicariate V Ministry Commission, a vital organization that fosters the preparation and ongoing formation for lay ministers in the Catholic faith communities surrounding Saint Xavier. She has been directly and consistently involved in advancing the ecclesial mission of the University through her work on the ministry certification committees of various Archdiocesan offices that certify and commission parish-based Catechists, Directors of Religious Education, Youth Ministers, Ministers of Care and Pastoral Associates. 

“As a Sister of Mercy and Archdiocesan religious leader, Sister Cathleen Cahill has demonstrated extraordinary gifts and heroic commitment to those laity who would render service to Christ and his Church,” said Graziano Marcheschi, director of the Archdiocesan Lay Ministry Programs.