This year Religious Sister of Charity, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy (Sr Stan), has received recognition for her work and that of her many colleagues on behalf of the vulnerable and the less well off.
2017 Fitzgerald Bible Bruff Award
Sr Stan was presented with the 2017 Fitzgerald Bible Bruff Award at the Thomas Fitzgerald Centre in Co. Limerick on Sunday 16th July.
The award ceremony is organised by the Bruff Heritage Group and the award is given to a person who, through a particular act or service, makes a significant contribution to the country of Ireland.
The Fitzgerald Family Bible Bruff Award was established in 2015 and promotes the link between Bruff and the Fitzgerald family bible.
When Thomas Fitzgerald, who was the grandfather of former US President, John F. Kennedy, left the east Limerick town in 1852, the only item he took with him was the family bible. Through generations, the bible was used by the family to record deaths, marriages and births.
It played an important role in the Fitzgerald family. When John F. Kennedy was being sworn in as the 35th President of the United States of America, he insisted on using it to swear the oath of office. The bible is now on exhibition in the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
2017 DIT 'Social Justice Hero' Award
On Wednesday 26th April Sr. Stan was awarded DIT's first inaugural “Social Justice Hero” award in recognition of her impactful work in supporting Ireland’s most vulnerable by the DIT student volunteering committee. Sr. Stan received this award at the launch of the new DIT Student Volunteer Resource, studentvolunteer.ie<http://studentvolunteer.ie>
At the recent U2 concert in Croke Park, Bono recognised Sr. Stan's work. Bono was speaking about strong women around the world with images of the women portrayed on screen, one of which was Sr Stan!
Sr Stan was awarded an honorary doctorate by Dublin City University on 17th October. During the Graduation ceremony Sr Stan paid tribute to the founder of the Sisters of Charity, Mary Aikenhead, whose example had taught her "a deep respect for the poor".