The University of St. Francis under the patronage of St. Francis and Sr. Clare of Assisi invites you to nominate someone for the Sister Clare Award. The first award was presented in 2013 during Women’s History Month to the university’s founding congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate. Given in the spirit of our sister, Clare of Assisi, this award recognizes women of vision who have transformed the world in their time, vision that has allowed the light within them to make it easier for others to know or find the way.
Nilan, herself an alum of the University of St. Francis, is being honored for her outstanding work; she has truly transformed the world and shown others the way. Spending her time continuously working and writing for those who cannot themselves, Nilan is being honored for her advocacy for homeless children and women, including the creation of the film My Own Four Walls, the book Crossing the Line: Taking Steps to End Homelessness, the non-profit Hear Us, as well as the organization of a “Forget Me Not” campaign which led to the passage of Charlie’s Bill in 1994, as well as other legislative efforts. The presentation of the award will take place on March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Sue Turk Theater.