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Sister Kathryn Kurdziel, IHM, Receives Marywood Alumni Association Award

On June 2, 2018, during Marywood’s Alumni Weekend, Sister Kathryn Kurdziel, IHM, received the Sister M. Denis Donegan Award. “Sister Kathy, as she is affectionately called, truly epitomizes Marywood’s core values of Catholic Identity, Respect, Empowerment, Service, and Commitment to Excellence. The Sister M. Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service to Marywood is the most prestigious award bestowed by the Marywood Alumni Association. It is bestowed on alumni of Marywood University who have provided a minimum of 25 years of service to Marywood and who, through their personal and professional contributions, have visibly embodied Marywood's mission by using their Marywood educations in ways that demonstrate the University's call to live responsibly in a diverse and interdependent world.”

Among other things, Sister Kathy was cited for her years of mentoring student teachers in high school and as adjunct instructor at Marywood; service in vocation and formation ministry for the IHM Sisters and to MU students especially through service trips that ministered to the poor; service at the Washington Archdiocesan Health Care Network assisting poor, homeless and uninsured persons access healthcare; service as staff supervisor at Mary Carroll Lodge, a vacation venue for severely disabled adults sponsored by Catholic Social Services of New York; on-site director of Summer Splash, a summer arts program for economically disadvantaged children in the Scranton/Wilkes area sponsored by the Sisters’ Collaborative Ministry Group of the diocese of Scranton; director of the Institute of Contemporary Spirituality at the Marywood School of Continuing Education; member of the Marywood Alumni Board and chair of its service committee. These activities involved continuous collaboration with Marywood faculty and personnel and mentoring of Marywood students.

For her abiding and longstanding dedication to her alma mater and its core values, and in celebration of her 50th Class Reunion, the Marywood Alumni Association is pleased to recognize Sister Kathryn Kurdziel, IHM with the 2018 Sister M. Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service to Marywood.

K Kurdziel Alumni Award - MU-June 2018

L-R Sister Mary Persico, IHM, President of Marywood University and Sister Kathryn Kurdziel