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Monday, May 6, 2013

AASH Announces Joan Lueder Coffey Service Award with IVC and BEF

Sr. Marguerite Green, RSCJ (BC'43) and
Joan Lueder Coffey (BC'65)

The Board of Directors of the Associated Alumnae & Alumni of the Sacred Heart (AASH) announces the inauguration of The Joan Lueder Coffey Service Award.  The award establishes a new partnership with the Barat Education Foundation (BEF) and the Ignatian Volunteer Corps-Chicago (IVC).

The Award will be publicly announced at the Madonna Della Strada Chapel at Loyola University-Lakeshore Campus on May 8, 2013, 5 -7 pm.  All Sacred Heart alums are invited to attend the event.  For more info click here.

The award is named in honor of a Sacred Heart alumna of Barat College, Class of 1965.   Joan Coffey believed deeply in the values of education and service to the poor.  She passed away in 2003.

Dr. Coffey was a life-long educator and student. She was born in Chicago, and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree. from Barat College and her Ph.D. in History from the University of Colorado.

 She taught for many years in public and private secondary schools including Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, Lake Forest. IL. Dr. Coffey joined the faculty at Sam Houston State University in 1990, where she was Associate Professor of History at the time of her death.

 She is author of Leon Harmel: Entrepreneur on Catholic Social Reform, published posthumously by Notre Dame Press.

 The Ignatian Volunteer Corps is a national organization that provides retired and semi-retired individuals, aged 50 and older, opportunities to volunteer in poor and marginalized communities. IVC volunteers commit two days per week, 10 months per year – generally September-June – in direct
service to those in need.  Volunteers also participate in a comprehensive faith formation program in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. It is a one-year commitment with the option for renewal.

 The JLC Service Award will support the placement of an IVC-Sacred Heart alum in the Chicago region who volunteers at a school that promotes educational opportunities for students of limited means and/or at an IVC partner agency servicing the materially poor.

   IVC Chicago is a vibrant, growing program with 50+ volunteers serving across four counties and three dioceses in the Chicagoland area.  IVC members volunteer in diverse capacities from tutoring/mentoring at all levels of education; working at food pantries/soup kitchens; immigration advocacy; social service; hospital chaplaincy; prison ministry and beyond.

Volunteers meet monthly as a Christian faith community from September to June and participate in days of reflection and an annual retreat. Each member is matched with a spiritual reflector with whom he/she meets monthly to reflect on his/her service experience.

AASH is proud to promote the Joan Lueder Coffey Service Award and the Ignatian Volunteer Corps as a unique opportunity for retired Sacred Heart alums to continue living out St. Madeleine Sophie Barat’s vision of “social awareness that impels to action” and her commitment to ongoing personal faith development.

AASH, BEF, and IVC Chicago anticipate that this award will be a model for the establishment of other endowed “named” service awards in regions where AASH and IVC alums are working with the underserved.  AASH, a 501 (c) 3 organization, serves more than 60,000 Sacred Heart alumnae/I in the United States and Canada.

For more information on the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, please visit the IVC website at  (click on ‘Chicago’). To attend an IVC information session in your area, register to attend the May 8 Madonna Della Strada Award reception, or inquire about endowing a named service award, please contact Christine Curran, IVC Regional Director, at 773-865-9810 or

The Barat Education Foundation is an independent 501(c) 3 organization, established in 2000 prior to the sale of Barat College to DePaul University. At that time, the Foundation was charged with the development and support of innovative educational programs and services that reflected the values and educational tradition of Barat College.

When DePaul University closed Barat College in June 2005, the Board of Directors voted
to perpetuate and build upon the Barat legacy of education, leadership and advocacy.  Today, the Barat Education Foundation is committed to continuing and adapting the heritage and legacy of Barat College to the 21st-century world.

For more information about the Barat Education Foundation, visit the BEF website at  ##

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