Thursday May 28, 2015
Roddy O’Neil Cleary was presented the Catherine McAuley Award at the Mercy Connections annual May Luncheon. More than 400 community members were in attendance, including sponsors and supporters, as O’Neil Cleary was honored for her lifelong service as well as fostering the dignity of every person.
Each year the Board of Directors of Mercy Connections selects a person who exemplifies mercy values and the example of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. Bill West, Mercy Connections board member and long-time friend, introduced the award winner. A former Shelburne resident now living in South Burlington, O’Neil Cleary gave special thanks to the Mercy Connections participants who are striving for greater self-sufficiency in their lives.
Mercy Connections is an educational values-driven non-profit organization living the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy with an enduring concern for women. Through education, mentoring, entrepreneurship, and community, Mercy Connections help empower people to make significant life changes.