IHM Sister honored at Mother Seton Academy
On February 1, 2017 students, staff, faculty and administration at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore celebrated Founders Day. The students led the ceremony that recalled the foundresses and founders of the congregations who sponsor Mother Seton: School Sisters of Notre Dame, Marianist Brothers, Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Daughters of Charity, Xavieran Brothers, and the IHM Sisters. During this lively and inspiring celebration the annual Founders Award was presented. This award recognizes an adult whose service and commitment to Mother Seton Academy embodies the mission and vision of the founders. This year the Founders Award was presented to the IHM Congregation in memory of Sister Ellen Smith. Sister Ellen served as a co-principal during the early days of Mother Seton from 1993 to 1996. During this time, she shared in the school’s formation and founding traditions that live on in Mother Seton Academy today. After her administrative duties in the Academy, she returned to the classroom and taught from 1996 to 1998. After four years of service to the congregation as a Councilor for Missioning and Community Life (1998 to 2002), Sister Ellen returned to Mother Seton in 2003 and assumed administrative responsibilities as the Assistant Principal and taught part-time for four years. Sister Ellen’s service to the students, staff, faculty and administration of Mother Seton Academy was recognized for what it was, “a pure gift” from a woman of wisdom who committed herself wholeheartedly to the teaching mission of Jesus.
Sister Margaret Juskelis, SSND presents the 2017 Founders Award to the IHM Sisters present for the celebration: Sisters Katie Clauss, Mary Mercy Gilbart, Denise Lyon, and Helene Cooke.