Sister Marg Honored with Distinguished Service Award
Congratulations to Sister Margaret Giblin, SSND, who was honored at the Catholic Charities' Annual Dinner with a Distinguished Service Award.
“Sister Marg” has had a very active and diverse life of service. She has taught students in communities such as Philadelphia, PA, and Charleston, SC, and spent 27 years in Bolivia, working alongside very poor and simple villagers that she grew to love deeply. Upon her return to the States, Sister Marg continued to work with Hispanic immigrants in Delaware until she moved to Baltimore. In January 2009, Sister Marg learned of the work at the Esperanza Center, and has been a full-time volunteer ever since, logging more than 1,300 hours over the past 16 months.
On paper, Sister Marg is the Health Services receptionist at the Esperanza Center. She answers the phones and provides guidance to clients on where and how to receive services. But actually, she does so much more.
Sister Marg's respect and love for the clients is apparent to everyone - the patients, the staff, and the other volunteers. She cherishes the Divine within everyone she works with. Sister cares for those around her, worries about them, and always supports them. When things are particularly difficult, Sister Marg will show up with a bag of cookies, or some such treat. It is always a simple gesture, but it lets those around her know she is there for them.
“I try to follow the advice of Dorothy Day,” Sister Marg says. “Find something useful to do, do it well, and try not to infuriate the rest of the workers.”
With her simple, humorous manner, she has helped everyone at the Center to more fully recognize and cherish the Divine within each other and themselves. The Esperanza Center is truly blessed to have found such a dear and dedicated friend.
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