Sylvania Franciscan Gala

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Save the Date:  Franciscan Gala – September 23, 2017

The Sisters are pleased to honor Dale Thomas, as the recipient of the 2017 St. Francis Award, and Marianne Hassen as recipient of the 2017 St. Clare Award, both of whom exemplify the attributes of caring that both of our Franciscan leaders had in their lives. The awardees were chosen for their value filled lives today and what they share with the communities where they work and live. They join a list of caring leaders and role models for us all.

Dale Thomas

Dale Thomas

Dale Thomas has spent the last 40 years telling the stories of others, and how their lives have influenced those around them.  Born and raised in the southern suburbs of Detroit and educated by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, he attended Wayne State University where he received his degree in print journalism.  After a dozen years writing for area newspapers, he segued into public relations for local hospitals and engineering associations.  Dale spent the last nine years of his career in training to be a joyful servant under the tutelage of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania.

He lives in Gibraltar, Michigan with his wife, Janice, where they raised Renee, married to Ryan Peruski, and son, Eric.  The opportunity to transition from a job to a ministry for the Sylvania Franciscans has had a major impact on his life.  One that he is quick to tell anyone, he is honored and privileged to have experienced.

Marianne Hassen was born to Joseph and Joan La Porte, and raised in Detroit, MI, the oldest of five wonderful siblings. She moved to Toledo in 1981 after receiving her BS in Occupational Therapy from Wayne State University to begin work at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in the rehabilitation department. She attended Siena Heights University and received her MA in Counseling in 1989. She has one son, Shawn Hassen who currently resides in Manhattan, NY.

Marianne Hassen

Marianne Hassen

She has been working in senior care since 1984 and is currently the Vice of Operations at Concept Rehab, Inc. (CRI). It is through her work in health care that she first encountered the mission of the Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania by working along side of them providing therapy services to the seniors in their skilled nursing facilities.

As a member of Little Flower Parish, Toledo, OH, she worked with the ministry team at Little Flower and the Sisters to have a “twinning” relationship with them in Pestal, Haiti. This relationship started with prayer and then blossomed, and was embraced by those on the ministry team, as well as the parish.

Over 300 friends were in attendance at the 2016 Gala, enabling us to generate over $100,000 to support the Sisters’ ministries. None of this would have been possible without your generous and caring support.

We look forward to seeing on September 23, 2017!  In the words of St. Clare, “Let us pray God for each other, for in bearing each other’s burden of charity we shall fulfill the law of Christ.” Clare’s Letter to Ermentrude of Bruges.

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