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The Warming House and Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., former president of St. Bonaventure University, will be honored by the Greater Olean Association of Churches during a prayer service Sunday on campus.
The awards will be given at the GOAC’s annual Unity Service at 4 p.m. in the University Chapel, Doyle Hall.
The Warming House, an outreach ministry of St. Bonaventure University, will receive the Agency Recognition Award. Sr. Margaret will receive the 2018 Ecumen Award for her work during her 12 years as president of St. Bonaventure in making the university a welcoming place for all.
The soup kitchen, serving meals to residents of Olean since 1974, is the oldest student-run soup kitchen in the United States.
Ch. 4 reporter Ali Ingersoll profiled the Warming House during Wednesday’s newscasts.
The Warming House has specialized in serving up nourishment, fellowship and dignity for many years. Today, it serves more than 12,000 meals annually. In cooperation with SBU's Franciscan Center for Social Concern, the Warming House is open six days per week, year-round, and has a support team of more than 300 student volunteers and some 100 community members.
The Warming House, a United Way agency, offers service and internship opportunities for St. Bonaventure students as it continues its mission to provide nutritional and spiritual nourishment to its guests.
GOAC said Sr. Margaret prioritized the need to welcome students of various denominations of Christianity and other faith traditions.
Sr. Margaret was the 20th president of St. Bonaventure, from 2004 to 2016. She stepped down July 31, 2016, and she is the university’s first president emeritus.
Her honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award from Business First of Buffalo for Women of Influence and the Citation Award from the Buffalo chapter of the National Federation of Just Communities.
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