Sr. Maria Francine Stacy honored with El Amigo Del Pueblo Award

Posted on: May 6, 2015 5:00 pm
Tags: Hispanic ministry,

Sister Maria Francine Stacy, SND, with Rev. Louis Gasparini, MCCJ, at the Second Annual Amigos Latinos Gala

“We are very proud of Sister Maria Francine. She really gives of herself, always and in many ways. I am so proud that she is a witness in showing God’s love to his people.” These were the supportive words expressed by Sister Margaret Agnes Hemmerle after Sister Maria Francine Stacy was awarded the El Amigo Del Pueblo Award at the Second Annual Amigos Latinos Gala.

The Wright State University Office of Latino Affairs hosted the gala at the beautifully decorated Wright State University Nutter Center on April 24, 2015. The event raised funds for Wright State University scholarships and El Puente Learning Center, the after school program that helps Latino children with their school work and promotes retention among the Hispanic population in Dayton schools.

Sister Maria Francine, who serves as Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Dayton Office, was recognized alongside three other community members for their work with the Dayton Hispanic population and in helping Latinos in various aspects of their lives. Upon receiving the award, Sister Maria Francine remarked that what inspires her is her love for Christ and her love for the people she serves.

Sisters Mary Ruth Lubbers, Mary Heleen Hehman, Mary Joell Overman, Mary Shannon Kriege, Jan Marie Villalobos, and Margaret Agnes Hemmerle also attended the gala, showing their support of Sister Maria Francine and the work being done by so many individuals and organizations in the Dayton area. 

Sister Margaret Agnes remarked, “The atmosphere of the gala was very friendly and showed much gratitude on the part of the students who are being helped. Plus, efforts were made to make the Spanish-speaking guests feel at home at the event. It was very loving and supportive.”

Sr. Mary Ruth agreed, saying, “It was great to be part of an event that celebrates such a diverse, but unified campus and community. I was touched by how the Office of Latino Affairs focuses on meeting the needs of Latino students. Students of various cultural backgrounds take part in the office's activities. They say, 'You don’t have to be Latino to be a friend. You just need to be open to understanding and accepting others’ differences, and loving them just the same.'”


Chrissy Annear Monohan
Date: on May 12, 2015

Congratulations on your award Sister Francine! The Annear family knows how much you deserve it!

Mary Ellen Millar
Date: on May 11, 2015

Thank you so much for giving of yourself in so many ways. More importantly is your constant belief in God's goodness and he will take care of whatever you need. You inspire so many to have faith and belief in God.

Peggy Von Bokern
Date: on May 6, 2015

So proud of all of you for sharing your love so abundantly!

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