Joliet, Ill. – 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 2021, with the ceremony and presentation to be held in March 2021. Decisions for the award will be made in December by Women’s History Month Committee members. 

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.  Other honorees have included Diane Nilan (2014), Cleopatra Pendelton (2015), Bernice Sandler (2016), Mona Purdy (2017), Petra Jamie (2018), Nancy Economu (2019), and Roxiana Fuqua (2020). Given in the spirit of our sister, Clare of Assisi, this award recognizes women of vision who have transformed the world in their time and whose vision allowed the light within them to make it easier for others to know or find the way.

This award is open to any woman/women who:

  • have made a positive, transformative impact and shaped the community;
  • serve as inspiration and role models for women, and;
  • make a commitment to nature, the planet, and/or society.

Nominations are now open and being accepted through December 20th (extended from the original deadline of November 20th).  Complete a nomination here.

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