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The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago held their annual Autumn Dinner Dance on October 19th at DiNolfo's Banquets in Homer Glen, Illinois. This year the guests enjoyed dinner and live music by the Together Band. There was also a ‘split the pot’ and prize raffle. To begin the night’s festivities, the Golden Thread Award was presented. The Golden Thread Award is an annual award bestowed upon an individual whose loyal and faithful commitment has enabled the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago to continue their ministries.

This year the Golden Thread Award was presented to FSC Associate, Mary Mosser. Sister M. Bernadette, General Minister of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago stood at the podium and addressed the audience to announce the winner, "This year’s recipient has shown her commitment to the ministries of the FSC since she became an Associate with the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago in October, 2011. She shares in the ministries of the Sisters by supporting the fundraising events of FSC and Franciscan Ministries. But our recipient goes beyond this measure of philanthropy. She delights in providing personalized attention for each of the Sisters in the infirmary. She takes the time to get to know each Sister, and to discover her individual taste in candies and baked goods; and then, unannounced, one day a special treat appears, bringing unexpected joy to the Sister’s heart. Loving weekly visits, surprise treats, pizza parties, and Polish ethnic food feasts round out her contribution of time, talent and treasure to the Sisters. But this is not enough for the generous heart of this year’s recipient. She also presents sizable monetary gifts for all occasions to the congregation at large. With her ready sense of humor and willingness to give without measure, the 2018 Golden Thread Award recipient is truly a golden thread in the fabric of the lives of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. It is with great joy that I announce that Mary Mosser, an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, is the recipient of the Golden Thread Award for 2018."

Mary then came to the stage to receive the award from Sister M. Bernadette and gave a touching speech: “When Sr. Bernadette told me I was this year’s Golden Thread award winner, I was stunned. I was at a loss for words which doesn’t happen to me very often. In fact, when I visit the Sisters in the infirmary, one of the requests I hear from them is to stop talking so fast. Thank you Sr. Bernadette and the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago for this honor. I stand here tonight feeling very blessed. I am grateful to the Franciscan Sisters for the many ways they’ve touched my life over the years. The Sisters have been part of my life starting with my grade school teachers at St. Florian School on the southeast side of Chicago. I can still remember all of their names and what grade they taught. Three different Sisters over the years suggested that I join the Associate program and I finally listened - committing in October 2011. I look forward to our Associate Days, getting together with my friends and fellow Associates to grow in faith. Coming to Lemont for Mass most Saturdays and visiting with the Sisters is one of the highlights of my week. I count many friends among the Sisters and I’m fortunate to have the guidance, prayers and love of the Sisters in my life. I’m a better person because of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago and the many ways they’ve touched my life. Thank you Sisters for this honor and for allowing me to share in your mission and ministry.“

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago thank all who attended the dinner dance and express their gratitude to the following generous underwriters, sponsors, and donors who partnered with them to make the Autumn Dinner Dance a success:

Stephen Reissfelder, AEW Capital Management - For underwriting the Sisters attendance
Judy Amiano, Franciscan Ministries - For underwriting the entertainment
John Grele, Franciscan Sisters of Chicago - For underwriting the florist arrangement
William Callaghan & George Ferrell, Henry Bros. Co. - For underwriting the cost of the invitations
Theresa D. Kolaz, - For underwriting the postage
Synergy Construction Group LLC - For underwriting the Wine

Thank you to our Sponsors: AG Architecture, Belinda Alicea, Guy & Cheryl Alton, Kay Burton,
Patricia Carroll, Dr. Peter Doris, Dr. & Mrs. Evan Geissler, Dolores Grantz, Mr. & Mrs. John Grele, Cindy Hall, Frank & Francine Modelski, Tim & Linda O’Neill, Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Noonan, Roberta Parkhill,
Ridge Landscape Services, Dr. James Strzyz, Thompson, Siegel & Walmsley LLC, Michele Tomich

Thank you to our Donors: 3 Corners Grill and Tap, Celina’ Fresh Market, Jeanine Duckett, Gelsosomo's Pizzeria , Hamilton’s Pub, Peggy Hogan, Davia Humphrey, Jewel Osco, Jimbo’s Pizza, Marie Kedzior, Lange’s Woodland Florist, Kesha Miro, Mary Mosser, Nick’s Tavern, Nutra Vida, Vicki Olsen, Carol Oprondek, Rosati’s, Kim Sefcik, Tap House Grill, Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie

Thank you to the following attendees:
Keelee Ahlgren
Sister M. Bernadtte Bajuscik
Dan & Mary Bannon
Michael & Michael Basile
Greg & Donna Belback
Heidi & John Berardi
Sister M. Joella Bielinski
Terri & Sydney Black
Debbie Brown
Derek & Sarah Brown
Sally Burgston
Amy Camisa
Linda Carrigan
Brian & Andie Celerio
Susana Charvez
David & Dawn Cohn
Sam & Cathy Coltun
Bruce Corwin
Mary Lou Cowperthwaite
Christos Dilmas
Vickiy Dobbs
Gary & Jeanine Duckett
Gloria & Dick Dusatko
Arlene & Phil Enochs
Sister M. Helene Galuszka
John Glover
Pat Graham
John & Sophie Grele
Br. Bill Hallas, CR
Jerry & Denesha Harris
Steve & Dorothy Harris
Robert Hettlinger
Rev. Greg Helminski
Jennifer & Scott Hendershot
Bill & Peggy Hogan
Jerry Hollis
Sharon Hollis
Stacie Hollis
Davia Humphrey
Calvin Isaason & Guest
Christine Irvine
Sister Jean Therese Jarosz
Jill Kachin
Kathy Kelly
Steve & Diann Kozy
Jill Krueger
Dylan Lane
Sister Emilie Marie Lesniak
Loberg Construction Guest
Michael Maltenfort
Jay Mandra
Dawn Mayer
Tim McLaughlin
Susan & Rodger Merenkov
Ray and Marlene Mosser
Mary Mosser
Dan & Julie Noonan
Deacon Brian Nosbusch
Pat O'Keefe
Vicki Olsen
Carol Oprondek
Holly Mandra-Pawlak
Andy & Darlene Peters
Elizabeth Pienta
Sister M. Francis Clare Radke
Joe & Jessica Rocha
Elizabeth Scrivani
Liz Soreghan
Kevin & Pam Soughlin
Patricia Tarczewski
Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie
Rich & Connie Truesdale
Claudine Williams