BVM Honored by Loyola University Chicago

Mary Ann Zollmann, BVM (Clement Mary) received Loyola University Chicago’s Coffey Award on June 9 from the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership at Loyola’s annual Founders Dinner. The Coffey Award is named for the first president of Mundelein College, M. Justitia Coffey, BVM, and is bestowed by the University on alumni from each of their schools in recognition of their leadership and service to others.

Mary Ann shares, “Justitia’s founding spirit poured like concrete into the architecture of Mundelein College, endures in the Gannon Center, and permeates the whole of Loyola University. She and I stand here together testifying to the joy of being able to live life fully and to the truth that education, as the process for calling forth the gift and potential of ourselves and others, makes that happen. The education we celebrate and support at this Founders’ Dinner . . . carries on the passion of Justitia Coffey: freeing students to be who they are and do what they love and so forever transforming the landscape of our world. That is the real Coffey Award—and it belongs to all of us tonight.”

Loyola President JoAnn Rooney invited Mary Ann to “receive this award in special recognition for your dedication to advocating for women in the Catholic Church and raising awareness of peace and justice issues; your devout leadership as part of the Sisters of Charity, BVM, and the Conference of Women Religious; as member of Loyola’s Board of Trustees; and graduate of Mundelein College.”

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Post date 6.27.2017