Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, April 21, 2018

MYSTIC – The St. Edmund’s Retreat will present the St. Edmund’s Medal of Honor to six men and women on Oct. 5 at the Mystic Marriott in Groton.

The honorees are Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of the Archdiocese of Mobile, Ala.; Michael Samara, former vice president of student affairs and dean of students at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, now retired; Dominican Sisters Maurice Doody and Sister Rose Patricia Reilly of the Office of New Directions in the Bronx, N.Y.; and Darren Stewart, Stonington police chief, and Beth-Ann Stewart, director of Human Services for Stonington.

The St. Edmund Honor Scholarship will be awarded to Kevin Peters, St. Bernard School class of 2013.

The dinner and celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Prior to the event, a 5 p.m. votive Mass will be celebrated in honor of the recipients at Our Lady of the Assumption Chapel on Enders Island. Bishop Michael R. Cote of Norwich will be the principal celebrant.

The St. Edmund’s Medal of Honor was established by St. Edmund’s Retreat in 2003 as a way to recognize those individuals who exhibit the values and spirit of St. Edmund, archbishop of Canterbury and patron saint of St. Edmund’s Retreat. These members of our local, regional and national community are seen as examples and modern-day role models, embracing the values of service, dedication and making a difference as St. Edmund did in his day.  

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