Tea in a festive setting was followed by a welcoming address by Sr. Mary Leonora Wilson, provincial superior, and a video clip illustrating the importance of the fundraiser, which helps prepare our sisters academically, professionally, and spiritually for our mission. This was the second annual Afternoon Tea held at our Jamaica Plain motherhouse to bestow the Cordero Award on a Catholic who has striven to uplift the human spirit and recognize the dignity of the person in or through the media. The Cordero Award is named after Mother Paula Cordero, the first Daughter of St. Paul to come to the United States, who from the very beginning valued and encouraged the education of our sisters.
This year’s award recipient was Fr. Robert Reed, priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and President of the Catholic TV Network, who oversees the production, acquisition, and broadcasting of diverse, high-quality Catholic programs on a national level.
The proceeds from this annual event contribute to the Daughters of St. Paul Education Fund, which helps prepare our sisters effectively to meet the needs of today's people with the Gospel message. Sr. Mary Leonora recently explained that, in striving to respond to the Holy Father’s call for new evangelization:
“We must go beyond the print media and be proficient in the digital and virtual universes that have become a part of the culture of our society. Our hearts also go out to the unchurched, who may never approach a Pauline Book & Media center, but who, in the core of their being, long for an encounter with a loving and forgiving God. The more prepared we are, the better we can respond to the needs of humanity.”Cardinal Seán O’Malley was present for the reception of the award by Fr. Reed, who thanked His Eminence for encouraging Boston Catholic TV to become a national network. Following the drawing of the winning raffle tickets, the Cardinal imparted the closing blessing. Tours of the publishing house followed. It appeared that a good time had been enjoyed by all.
Photos: Sr. Ann Richard Heady, FSP