Building community

Franciscans to honor Bishop Moynihan, two others
By luke eggleston / SUN staff writer

Perhaps more than any good works, the community he founded embodies the legacy of St. Francis.

April 27, the Franciscans in Syracuse will honor those who have had a profound effect on the Central New York community.

This year, Bishop James Moynihan as well as Jail Ministry Expediter Program supervisor Bill Cuddy and Dr. Lynn-Beth Satterly, clinical assistant professor for family medicine at Upstate Medical University, will be honored. Franciscan Collaborative Ministries [FCM] will present the trio with awards at the 2007 Community Builders Recognition Dinner at Drumlins Country Club. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and wrap up at 9 p.m. Channel 9 news anchor Dan Cummings, a parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Bishop Moynihan, who is celebrating his 50th jubilee later this year, will receive the Blessed Mother Marianne Cope Community Builder Award, while Cuddy will be presented with the Saint Francis Peacemaker Award. Satterly will receive the Saint Clare Achievement and Service Award.

The bishop’s selection was long due, according to Franciscan Sisters Grace Ann Dillenschneider and Rose Ann Renna.

Sister Rose Ann was on the committee assigned the task of setting up the first dinner. According to FCM, the Mother Marianne Award is presented to an individual or organization that epitomizes the spirit, courage and vision of its namesake. Above all, the recipient is a community builder who advocates for the “the poor, the hurting and marginalized and embodies social justice and Gospel values which effect change in Syracuse.”

Sister Rose Ann elaborated that although Mother Marianne became famous for her work with lepers in Hawaii, she was already working to improve Central New York.

“First and foremost, she built community,” Sister Rose Ann said.

According to Sister Rose Ann, the bishop’s role in the Franciscan community has been significant.

“I think specifically of the increased support he has given to the Franciscan Collaborative Ministries,” Sister Rose Ann said. “He’s been supportive from the very start. He invited the Franciscans to have a stronger presence in the community so he really got the ball rolling.”

Sister Rose Ann noted that among the phrases she uses to describe the bishop is “prime mover.”

“It’s funny because that’s the term I use to describe Mother Marianne,” she said.

The bishop said that collaborating with FCM has been a highlight of his term as head of the Syracuse Diocese.

“I am truly honored to receive this award from the Franciscan Collaborative Ministries,” Bishop Moynihan said. “I have been blessed to be the bishop of Syracuse in so many ways. One in particular has been seeing the fruitful work of the Franciscan Community in our diocese. They work tirelessly to follow the examples of Francis and Clare and the entire community reaps the benefits.”

He noted that winning an award named for Mother Marianne was especially significant.

“It is especially meaningful to receive the Mother Marianne Cope Award,” Bishop Moynihan said. “I am so proud that she is now a ‘Blessed,’ a very deserving designation, and, even more pleased that I will receive an honor in her name. I will always pray for the promotion of her cause and look forward to the day when she will be welcomed into the circle of saints.”

Cuddy was selected for his work in Jail Ministry. A statement issued by FCM describes the St. Francis the Peacemaker Award as designated for those members of the Syracuse community who have “demonstrated the true meaning of community through the advancement of peace making and non-violence.”

Cuddy grew up in the shadow of Auburn Correctional Facility, the site of the first death by electrocution. He graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in philosophy. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1963. The Attica Massacre in 1971 profoundly moved him. In 1974, Cuddy initiated the inner city ministry in Syracuse that would become Jail Ministry. Cuddy resigned from the priesthood in 1995. He married Patricia Hoffman that same year.

Franciscan Father Canice Conners will present Cuddy his award. Three years ago, Cuddy approached the Franciscans in an effort to solicit their aid in his own ministry. Since then, the two groups have become enmeshed. Father Canice believes there are numerous intersections between the Franciscans’ mission in Syracuse and Cuddy’s ministry at the Justice Center.

“Francis was trying to get us to pay attention to people on the fringe,” Father Canice said. Noting the saint’s considerable work among lepers, Father Canice said that Cuddy’s ministry serves and calls attention to the marginalized. “I think Bill is making us aware of people in the criminal justice system.”

Dr. Lynn-Beth Satterly will be presented with the Saint Clare Achievement and Service Award, which annually goes to an individual within FCM “whose outstanding achievement and unselfish service to our mission truly advances our collaborative ability to meet the many needs of others throughout the communities in which we serve.”

She has participated with FCM in a significant role in the Franciscan Northside Ministries Poverello Medical Center.

Sister Dolores Bush, OSF, will present Satterly with her award during the dinner.

Sister Dolores said she sees numerous attributes in Satterly that have been associated with St. Clare such as compassion and courage.

“She’s just very firm in her convictions,” Sister Dolores said, noting that Satterly has a very strong personality. “St. Clare was described as a radical and I think that Lynn can be described as a radical. She thinks outside the box and she’s in the forefront.”

Sister Dolores elaborated on her use of the word “radical,” saying, “When I use the word ‘radical’ I am using it in reference to the manner in which Lynn responds — radically — to her baptismal call to live the Gospel. She is a compassionate physician and passionate in her commitment to providing the best possible healthcare to the uninsured.”

When it comes to those of narrow means, Sister Dolores noted that Satterly can be tremendously resourceful and decisive in utilizing the assets at her disposal.

“If a patient needs care that we are unable to provide at the Poverello, Lynn gets right on the phone to call a colleague. In her own words, ‘I have no problem asking favors.’ For Dr. Satterly, quality healthcare is a basic human right, not a luxury.”

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