“A Gifted Community Serving in Faith”
June 25-28 at St. Catherine University
St. Paul, Minnesota
St. Catherine University hosted the 42nd biennial National Convention of Kappa Gamma Pi in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Convention Committee members presented A Gifted Community Serving in Faith as the convention theme with a focus on service.
Highlights of the Convention
The Saturday morning program started with a passionate presentation by Marybeth Lorbiecki (St. Catherine University, ’81), a Hudson, WI, Kappa and award-winning author who spoke on “The Call to Renew the Face of the Earth: Listening to Pope Francis, St. John Paul II, and Scripture.” She spent years studying Saint John Paul II’s writings on ecology and Old and New Testament teachings.
In the spirit of service, Kappas worked in groups to assist three local nonprofit organizations. Kappas folded and packaged greeting cards made by people served by Hammer Residencies for sale to support Hammer’s mission of enabling people with developmental disabilities to lead meaningful, self-directed lives. Kappas also washed classroom chairs and nursery furniture at the Learning in Style School in Minneapolis, which helps newcomers to the Twin Cities develop English literacy and citizenship skills and prepared Coming Home Kits of toiletries for distribution to inmates and ex-offenders through the Amicus Program of Volunteers of America of Minnesota.
Kappas enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Mississippi River aboard the Betsey Northrup from the Port of St. Paul.
Faith and Service Award
The 2015 Kappa Gamma Pi Faith and Service Award was presented to Mary Jo Copeland, the founder and director of Sharing and Caring Hands and Mary’s Place in Minneapolis. Mary Jo Copeland was unable to attend the Convention Banquet, but her daughter Barbara and Farah Ali, a Mary's Place employee who works with the Somali Community, accepted the award on her behalf.
Sharing and Caring Hands serve the needs of over 20,000 people who come through its doors monthly. Each year, the nonprofit organization serves over 240,000 meals (4,615 per week) and distributes over 375,000 lbs. of donated food to people in need. Sharing and Caring Hands built Mary’s Place, a $7.5 million transitional housing apartment complex. Born out of love, compassion and concern for women and children in poverty, this building was made possible through private donations alone.
Cornaro Scholarship Committee Selects Two 2015 Recipients
The Cornaro Scholarship Committee announced the winners of the 2015 KGP scholarship competition. The prestigious Cornaro Scholarship—open only to Kappa members—is used for graduate expenses at any accredited university.
Recipients of $5000 scholarships are:
- Caitlin Baard, Felician College, NJ
- Joy Viceroy, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
Kappa members enjoyed a weekend of service, fellowship and renewal of our commitment to this great organization.