Van Buren: Engaging the parish

As someone who was committed to the community for a decade, she had an innate ability to get others involved, a trait Carr has emulated in her 11 years as a member.

"Today, we recognize a woman who epitomizes all Sr. Pat represented. Both women possess deep spirituality, commitment to the gospel message of service, respect for the dignity of each person, great generosity [and] dedication to St. Augustine's," Lindsley said.

Lois Mayo, a member of the committee charged with choosing who is most deserving of the award, said Geary rejuvenated many activities at the church and extended a hand to engage the parishioners.

"Because of her work, we decided we wanted to give an award in her honor," Mayo said.

People in the parish are asked to fill out nomination forms, then the nominating committee meets to discuss and make the ultimate decision.

On the nomination form for Carr, it was written:

"Judy is dedicated to the parish community and to the Catholic Church at large. She gives unselfishly of her time, talent and treasure."

Along with the plaque honoring Carr, she also received a $1,000 award to give to the charity of her choice. She decided half would go to the Spiritual Renewal Center and the remaining $500 would be donated to the physical therapy department at Syracuse Home, as many she knows have had to use the services there.

Carr said she wanted to give the donations to places that have touched the lives of St. Augustine's parishioners.

"You're made better by the people you surround yourself with," Carr said. "It's so much of a joy and fun to be here."

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