St. Vincent’s Home hosts 20th annual Mission Awards

FALL RIVER, Mass. — On October 17, St. Vincent’s Home held its 20th annual Mission Awards celebration in recognition of employees who have made a significant contribution to children, youth and families in their various roles within St. Vincent’s. 

The recipients, Dr. Donald Bigwood, D.O.; Tiffany DiLorenzo; Fallon Jean-Gilles; Lexie Ludovici; Paul Stoltz; Kelli Williams; Charlie Zrike; and the IT Team, Kevin Baez and Tom Kelly received Mission Awards from Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., who is the chairman of the board of St. Vincent’s, and Jack Weldon, executive director.

The Mission Award program was introduced to St. Vincent’s Home in 1997 by the former Mission Coordinator, Sister Catherine Donovan. Sister Donovan had a strong desire to acknowledge, honor and highlight the works of the staff members who were bringing St. Vincent’s Mission to life in their daily work and personal life. Her hope was to highlight their good works while encouraging everyone else to deepen their commitment to live the St. Vincent’s Mission of “Giving Children and Families In Need What They Need Most.” 

Since the program’s inception, staff members are asked annually to nominate fellow employees who have made a significant contribution to improving the lives of children, youth and families in their various roles within St. Vincent’s. The current director of Pastoral Care, Sister Elaine Marchand, now coordinates the event as St. Vincent’s celebrated 20 years of honoring staff who bring caring and vitality to their work in achieving its mission. Over those 20 years, 107 individuals and seven teams have been honored with the award. 

All nominations are considered by a peer-review committee and award recipients are publicly honored, acknowledged and thanked for their dedication and commitment to helping the children and families we serve in countless ways while fulfilling the Mission of St. Vincent’s

Seven individuals and one team who have been selected by the review committee and represent a cross section of our inter-disciplinary team were honored. 

Each honoree has extended him/herself to live and invigorate the mission by bringing it to life in their work each day. None of them has sought recognition, but each of them — in their own distinct ways — has had a profound effect on the quality of care provided as an agency and as an interdisciplinary team. Each honoree has embraced and honored the Sacred trust that they have been given by those they serve.


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