Sr. Jeanne Cashman Receives Women of Achievement Award
NEW ROCHELLE, NY, June 27, 2014 – Jeanne Cashman, OSU, of Bear, Delaware, a graduate of The College of New Rochelle (CNR) class of 1964 was awarded the Women of Achievement Award at the College's 76th Annual Alumnae/i College Weekend in June. The award was instituted in 1999 to recognize alumnae/i for brilliant accomplishments in their chosen careers. Judith Huntington, president of the College, presented the award.
Sr. Jeanne entered the Ursulines in 1969 after teaching kindergarden in the South Bronx. From there her teaching career continued up through the grades and into teaching high school English, creative writing, and theology at Ursuline Academies in Bethesda, MD and in Wilmington, DE, expanding to include adult education in the Diocesan catechism formation program and in parish RCIA.
After graduate studies in theology at Washington Theological Union and at Loyola-Mundelein University in Chicago, Sr. Jeanne returned to Wilmington where she served as Director of the Diocesan Office of Peace and Justice. She was instrumental in establishing Delaware's branch of Pax Christi and served as the state representative to that international peace organization and to Bread for the World. Becoming more and more aware of the need to address the root causes of poverty, Sr. Jeanne led an interfaith effort in establishing Sojourners' Place, a full service program for homeless adults. As founding Executive Director for over 20 years, Sr. Jeanne shepherded thousands of women and men through long-term programs leading to their transition to independent living with full-time employment and housing.
Currently, Sr. Jeanne continues to share her burning passion for meeting the needs of those less able to help themselves as well as her professional expertise as part of Delaware's Ministry of Caring, the Holocaust Education Committee, the Prisoner Re-entry Project, and the Governor's Advisory Council which she chaired under the last five governors. In 2013 Delaware's present governor appointed Sr. Jeanne to be the Catholic representative on his newly created 10-member Advisory Council on Faith-Based Partnerships.
In her 45 years as an Ursuline, Sr. Jeanne has contributed to the work of her order as well: she has been a member of the Provincial Council of the Ursulines of the Eastern Province and the Reconfiguration Steering Committee of the United States Ursulines. Sr. Jeanne is a founding board member of the Ursuline Social Outreach which sponsors the Adult Learning Center in New Rochelle and of the Board of Serviam Academy in Wilmington and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula and Angela House as well as on the Alumnae/i Board of CNR. She was President of the Alumnae Association of the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula and of the Class of 1964 over four terms.
In recognizing Sr. Jeanne Cashman as a Woman of Achievement, the College joins a long list of church, civic and community groups who have honored her commitment to service for justice by conferring these awards: Catholic Charities' annual Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award for Outstanding Service to the Community, the Community Leadership Award of MBNA, and the diocesan Msgr. Paul J. Schierse Social Justice Award. She has also been honored by the Jewish Federation of Delaware, NAACP, and the Mental Health Association of Delaware. In 2003, Sr. Jeanne was inducted into the Delaware Hall of Fame for Women. She has been recognized by the Delaware Senate and the House of Representatives and by President George H. W. Bush as one of the Thousand Points of Light he named daily throughout his term.
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