|Betty Frank, OFS|
Stronach, representing Regional Minister Kim Marks, OFS, said Frank, a member of the order's St. Joseph Fraternity, was a "mover and shaker for the order and the church." She listed several accomplishments:
|Mary Stronach, OFS|
- co-founder of the 24-hour Adoration Chapel st St. Joseph-St. Patrick Church.
- active supporter for Mother Marianne's Cope's sainthood, including forming the Mother Marianne Prayer Group and helping to establish Utica's Mother Marianne Shrine.
- recipient of the Pontifical Cross, "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice," the highest honor the pope can bestow on a lay person.
- "professed Secular Franciscan for 64 years, promoting peace and justice."
The Secular Franciscan Order is a Catholic order of single and married members who strive to follow the Gospel in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi.
PHOTO: Betty Frank, OFS, poses with her Peace Award below a stained glass portrayal of St. Marianne Cope caring for a leprosy patient in Hawaii (in the chapel at St. Joseph-St. Patrick Parish Center, Utica, NY).