On September 8 at the virtual VIP session of the Keep Hope Alive Benefit, Sr. Catherine (Cathy) Fedewa, CSFN, was recognized by the Archdiocese of Chicago for her work with immigrants. During the event, Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, presented Sr. Cathy with the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Award which honors leaders who embody Mother Cabrini’s missionary and pastoral spirit in their tireless service to immigrants.
Continuing the immigration ministry that began with our foundress, Blessed Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd (Frances Siedliska) when she arrived in the U.S. in 1885 with 11 sisters, Sr. Cathy serves as the Coordinator of Immigration Outreach and Advocacy at the Cabrini Retreat Center in Des Plaines, IL. A long-time advocate for immigrants, in recent years, Sr. Cathy has ministered to detained immigrants at the Broadview Detention Center in Broadview, IL and has volunteered as an ESL tutor at the Aquinas Literacy Center in Chicago. She also serves on the board for the Bethany House of Hospitality for Women, which offers housing and support services to young immigrant women.
Sr. Cathy is a member of Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants and Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants. She also shares her many talents with the Archdiocese’s Pastoral Migratoria to help support the annual Posada and National Migration Week activities.
Please join us in congratulating Sr. Cathy and praying for love, understanding, and acceptance of all members of our human family.