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Catholic Commission announces annual awards

11/15/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Catholic Commission of Summit County has announced that Linda and Thomas Teodosio will receive the Bishop Cosgrove Justice Award at its annual dinner Dec. 7. The Teodosios were nominated by Nanci Self, of Nazareth Housing Development Corp.

“The Judges Teodosio have been an ongoing example of persons with a deep faith and a strong and active commitment of not only living out Catholic Social Teaching themselves, but also inspiring and empowering others to do the same,” said Director Karen Leith. “They are also honored for their innovations in our justice system whereby they have brought Catholic Social Teachings’ respect for the life and dignity of every human person to the fore. Most of all, we honor them for their continuing empowerment of others as they fundraise and keep alive the spirit of their daughter, Andrea Rose, through the foundation started in her name that helps so many vulnerable people among us.”

Andrea died last year in a skiing accident at age 22. The Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation was established and works to assist the underprivileged and elderly, actively address environmental issues and promote community service and education

The Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Leadership Award will go to the Emancipated Youth Task Force and to Sally Reide for their abilities to bring a community together in the spirit of Church in the City, according to Commission officials.

This award is given to individuals or groups who have worked to bring the community together around a common problem.

The task force was established in 2009 by Summit County Children Services and brings together more than 50 community agencies, including Catholic Charities, with the goal of reducing barriers and making necessary services available to assist youth who emancipate from agency custody at age 18 to establish self-sustaining, independent adulthood.

Reide has been a longtime volunteer for many area organizations in the community and the church.

She was a founding member of the First Friday Club and continues to serve on the board as its vice president, having also chaired the program committee. She also has served on the Loyola of the Lakes Board of Trustees, the boards of the National Council of Catholic Women, Ronald McDonald House of Akron, Catholic Social Services of Summit County, Leadership Akron, United Way of Summit County, Our Lady of the Elms High School and The University of Akron Women’s Committee, as well as Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Cuyahoga Falls, where she has served on the Parish Council.

There will be two youth awards this year. The parents of Danielle Rose will accept her award; she died of a heart attack Sept. 14. Her pastor nominated her, stating, “Danielle demonstrated leadership qualities and a spiritual maturity beyond her years.” Dani volunteered both through John Carroll University and her parish on mission trips and in service to the local community, according to Commission officials.

Anthony Burns, a student at Archbishop Hoban High School and a member of St. Sebastian Parish in West Akron, also will be honored. Tony reaches out to the South Akron neighborhood through South Street Ministries and the Catholic Worker’s Peter Maurin Center.

The dinner will take place at the Fr. Silva Center of St. Matthew Parish in Ellet. It will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Catholic Commission and the 100th anniversary of Cleveland Catholic Charities. Reservations are $40 per person and can be made by calling 330-535-2787 or emailing Ann Coplan at axcoplan@cleve landcatholiccharities.org.


Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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