The Queen Amelia Award was named in honor of Queen Amelia of France.

During a fund-raising journey to France in 1843, Mother Theodore Guerin was granted an audience with Queen Amelia. The queen not only agreed to pay her passage home, but she offered to solicit in France for the desperate Congregation saying, “The King and my children shall contribute. I shall ask them for you.”

Like Queen Amelia, many of our constituents have offered their valuable resources to assist us in our ministries and mission. We believe it fitting to offer the Queen Amelia Award to an individual, family, foundation or organization who has made significant monetary gifts and gifts of time and talent to the Sisters of Providence and who has promoted the Sisters of Providence to others.

This award is bestowed annually at the Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Dinner, with the constituent receiving an individual recognition plaque.

The main plaque is located in the south corridor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception with the following recipients listed:

The Helping Hands

The Helping Hands board president Shirley Herrington accepted the Queen Amelia and the Rooted in Providence awards from Sisters of Providence General Superior Sister Denise Wilkinson during the Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Dinner Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

2014 — The Helping Hands, West Terre Haute, Ind.

2013 — Ray Stoiber

2012 — Mary Kay and Al Watson

2011— Margaret Monahan

2010 — John F. “Jack” Griffin

2009 — Julia and Frank Ladner

2008 — Marywood, Evanston, Alumnae Association

2007 — Rose Steidl

2006 — Agnes Badura

2005 — Dorothy and Charles Stuart

2004 — Paul and Betty Pfister

2003 — Providence High School Alumnae Association

2002 — Thomas Mulvaney (posthumously)

2001 — James (posthumously) and Genevieve McLaughlin