Birthdays and anniversary celebrations are always times of great joy and remembrance. How wonderful it is for us to celebrate tonight the momentous milestones in our history, the history of the Church and the City of New York.
With these words, Sister Jane Iannucelli, SC, President of the Sisters of Charity, welcomed 500 guests to the 200th Anniversary Gala on May 18, 2017 at the Lighthouse in Chelsea Piers. In telling the story of the three Sisters sent to New York by Mother Seton in 1817—Sisters Felicity Brady, Cecilia O’Conway, and Rose White—Sister Jane spoke of the mission of charity that grew from the first ministry on Mott Street to the sponsored ministries of today. So familiar with the Congregation’s work and Mother Seton’s famous wisdom was the crowd that when Sister Jane spoke of the words imparted to the pioneer Sisters by their leader, “You will often be at a stand in a situation so new,” they joined in to finish the quote, “but only do your best and leave the rest to our dear God.”
To pay tribute to the contributions of those who have helped grow the mission of charity, Sister Jane invited all who have been a part of the mission in any capacity—teachers, former students and partners in education; staff, nurses and administrators at health and child care institutions; employees of the sponsored ministries; current and former SC Center staff; clergy and other religious; associates and companions—to stand and be recognized. All Sisters of Charity in the room saluted those standing with enthusiastic applause.
Later in the evening, Sister Sheila Brosnan introduced Jennifer Coffey and Steve Korf, co-chairs of the Gala. Ms. Coffey and Mr. Korf honored the work of the Congregation and its capacity to minister to all in need. They also paid tribute to Mrs. Anne Marie Gardiner, Director of Development, for her tireless work in planning the special evening.
Much to the delight of Sisters and guests, the evening included dancing to the music of the Gus Hayes Band.
Thanks to the work of many, the 200th Anniversary Gala truly was an evening of great joy and remembrance.
Photos by Maria R. Bastone and Elena Miranda.