In 1843, Mother Theodore was so desperate for funds to offset a severe financial crisis in the Congregation that she went back to France, despite her recent experience with the perilous Atlantic crossing. She met with many closed doors, but ultimately was granted an audience with Queen Amelia of France. Mother Theodore noted in her journal that “the queen listened like a tender mother.” 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.”
Queen Amelia’s friendship, love and considerable influence explain well why we have this special award in her honor. Queen Amelia’s generous response lives on among our benefactors. Like Queen Amelia, the award recipient has 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:
2017 — Sue and John Heck, West Terre Haute, Ind.
2016 — Julia and David Fuhs, Jasper, Ind.
2015 — Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director, David A. Patterson
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