The IHM Sisters and Associates combine their dedication, education and talent, and many earn special recognition for their hard work and effort. We’d like to share some of those achievements with you.

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GENORD-RICHARDRichard Genord, IHM Associate, received the 2016 Monroe County RSVP “Sharing the Heart Award” at the organization’s annual award banquet in May. He volunteers at the IHM Motherhouse, providing transportation, support and companionship at mealtimes. He also volunteers at Manor School in Monroe as a “grandparent reader.” An artist and photographer, he contributes those talents for special events at the Monroe Center for Healthy Aging.



Sharon Holland, IHM, was awarded an honorary doctorate in ministry at Catholic Theological Union’s (CTU) 48th annual commencement ceremony in Chicago. Honorary degrees are conferred annually by the faculty and board of trustees upon individuals whose contributions to the fields of scholarship and service reflect the values to which Catholic Theological Union is committed. In announcing the honor, CTU said, “Holland is past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). It was during her tenure that the Vatican’s Apostolic Visitations were conducted, and Holland is credited, in concert with fellow women religious throughout the country, for turning a potentially divisive experience into one of dialogue and reconciliation.”


Loretta Schroeder, IHM, received the 2016 Monroe County RSVP “Healthy Futures Award.” She serves as a transporter for the Motherhouse sisters, making herself available all hours of the day or night, especially when hospital visits are needed. Other Motherhouse volunteer activities include being a “friendly visitor;” tray-carrier at mealtimes; and helping in the organic garden. She is also a United Way “Health Check” volunteer; works with the “Investing in Our Future: Backpacks for Kids” program; and serves on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and Home, Inc.


Pearl Barros, IHM Associate, has earned her ThD (Doctor of Theology) from Harvard Divinity School. Her dissertation was titled, “Transforming  Suffering: Insights from the Work of Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua.” Pearl is a member of the Kairos Mission Unit.




Holly Knight, IHM Associate, earned “Best of Show in Literature” at the recent PRIZM Creative Community 10th Annual Art-a-Fair in Toledo, Ohio, for her 3 Excursions – into the wisdom of the wild book of essays. Six of her essays were selected for  display. Holly is a member of the Earthlings Mission Unit.