The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Syracuse will host the 9th Annual Light the Way Dinner Jan. 23 at the SKY Armory Event Center in Syracuse. Proceeds from the event support tuition assistance funding for families who choose Catholic education for their

children but are in financial need. The Light the Way Dinner is sponsored in part by the M&T Charitable Foundation, SKY Armory and the Catholic Schools Office.
This year, in celebration of the 2015 Year of Consecrated Life, Superintendent of Catholic Schools William Crist will honor the sisters, and their religious orders, who tirelessly support our Catholic schools.

The Light the Way Award, which honors an individual or organization that “has served the Catholic schools of the diocese with distinction over a period of years,” will be presented to:
• Sister Helen Gertrude Carroll, DC, and Sister Paula Gallant, DC (Daughters of Charity)
• Sister Therese Marie Kodz, CSSF (Felician Sister)
• Sister Mary Joana Baidoo, IHMMC (Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ)
• Sister Brigid O’Mahony, MHJ (Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus)
Sister Marcia Barry, OSF; Sister M. Nicolette Vennaro, OSF; Sister Alvera O’Grady, OSF; Sister Bernadette Joseph Kupris, OSF; Sister Mary Jogues Goldsmith, OSF; Sister Laurita Kelly, OSF; Sister Catherine Laboure Miller, OSF (Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities)
• Sister Rosemarie Freitag, CSJ; Sister Mary Ellen Shirtz, CSJ; Sister Anna Mae Collins, CSJ; Sister Jacqueline Johnas, CSJ (Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet)
• Sister Agnes Shaw, IHM; Sister Mary Ann Remus, IHM; Sister Helen Ann Charlebois, IHM; Sister Joan Ottman, IHM; Sister Kathleen Joy Steck, IHM (Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

The Witness to Faith Award, honoring a Catholic school educator who “is not simply a professional person who systematically transmits a body of knowledge in the context of a school; ‘teacher’ is to be understood as ‘educator’ — one who helps to form human persons” (as defined in the document Lay Catholics in Schools: Witness to Faith), will be presented to Father Richard P. Morisette of St. Stephen the King Church in Oswego and Patricia Schramm of Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School in Syracuse.

The Superintendent’s Service Medal, presented to “a member of the school community who has given a significant amount of service to the school in the form of volunteer hours,” will be presented to Paul Quinlan of St. Mary’s School in Cortland.

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors an alum of a Catholic school within the diocese who has “successfully used the values they learned in Catholic school to make a positive impact on the world” and who has remained connected to Catholic education. This year’s recipient is Terry Gallagher, Broome County Catholic Schools, Class of 1989.

All honorees were chosen following a committee review of dozens of nominations submitted by the Catholic school community.

For tickets, sponsorship information or other questions about the event, contact the Catholic Schools Office at (315) 470-1450 or visit

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