Morristown, N.J. (May 2, 2016) – The College of Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Center for Women's Heritage hosted its 2016 Heritage Award luncheon in the Annunciation Center's Flex classrooms in late April. This year's recipient, Joanne Hugues, '16, American Studies, presented her research on Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, '23, the first women in New Jersey to be declared blessed.
The Heritage Award is a research grant for students to use and to contribute to the Center for Catholic Women's History at the College. The goal of the award is to encourage students to learn more about the lives of Catholic women. Sister Mary Ellen Gleason is the chair and the committee members include: Sr. Mary Ellen Gleason, Erin Biviano, Anne Langon, Carole Rogers, Margaret Roman, George Sirgiovanni and Debra Martin.
"Doing research on Blessed Miriam Teresa was truly a gift in my life. Getting to spend time with some of the Sisters of Charity who generously shared their knowledge and insight was an inspiration for me," said Hugues. "It amazes me that someone who walked the paths of this campus as a student and lived as a Sister of Charity, like so many we know and admire, is well on her way to sainthood."
She added, "Miriam Teresa modeled for us what it looks like to work toward closer union with God. Her message that we are all called to holiness applies to everyone, not just to her religious community ... As a guiding light to holiness, she is still very much a part of the local community."