April 7, 2008

Sr. Corinne Weiss to be honored with annual Bishop Murphy Award for Catholic leaders

SAGINAW – Bishop Robert J. Carlson has announced that Sister Corinne Weiss SJ will be the recipient of the 2008 Bishop Murphy Award for outstanding leaders of faith. The award presentation will take place on April 25 during the 2008 Bishop’s Charity Ball at the Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw Township.

Weiss, who entered religious life at the age of 16, served as a dedicated teacher and school administrator in the Detroit area and Saginaw for more than 50 years. From 1976 to 2002, she was principal at St. Helen School in Saginaw.

Since her “retirement” from Catholic schools in 2002, Weiss has worked as mission coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, organizing missionary visits to the region and special collections for world outreach efforts. She also has remained a familiar face in Catholic schools, regularly visiting classrooms to promote mission education and continue passing on the faith.

Weiss holds a bachelor’s degree for English from Madonna College in Livonia and a master’s degree for journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc. In addition to her Catholic school teaching experiences, she also served an adjunct writing instructor at Delta College for more than a decade, starting in 1990.

Weiss was inducted into the Saginaw Catholic Schools Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools (MANS) Educators’ Achievement Award in 1997.

Weiss is the second person to be honored with the Bishop Murphy Award, which debuted at the Bishop’s Charity Ball in 2007. Last year’s recipient was Stanley Krajkowski of St. Casimir Parish in Saginaw. The award is named in honor of Bishop William F. Murphy, who served as the Diocese of Saginaw’s first bishop from 1938 until his death in 1950.

The Bishop’s Charity Ball is a fundraising event designed to celebrate Catholic education and benefit Catholic schools and parish religious education programs. The inaugural Bishop’s Charity Ball raised more than $500,000 in 2007.

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw consists of 106 parishes and 26 schools across 11 counties in mid-Michigan.

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