DWC Honors Presentation Lantern Center Executive Director
Divine Word College honored Sr. Corine Murray, PBVM, executive director of the Presentation Lantern Center in Dubuque, as the 2011 recipient of the Matthew 25 Award. The award was presented at a dinner held at DWC on Wednesday, March, 16.
Under her guidance, the Presentation Lantern Center has helped immigrants from 39 counties get acclimated to the Dubuque community. Averaging 80 visitors per year—focusing on women and their children—the center has connected its visitors with programs available to them, help them learn the English language, understand the culture and find friends. In fact, the center has helped approximately 30 people study for and pass the test to become a citizen of the United States.
Rev. Dwayne Thoman, pastor of Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque, nominated Sr. Corine for the award, recognizing her work establishing and then directing the operations of the center since it opened on Nov. 13, 2002.
“The ministry of the Lantern Center is primarily a ministry of hospitality which facilitates people, particularly immigrants, to enter in the culture of the United States,” Fr. Thoman wrote in the nomination papers. “Sister has the ability to look at the whole picture of a situation and then propose a common sense way of reaching out to help someone meet every day needs.”
The Matthew 25 Award was established at the college in 2001 to honor those in or connected to the area, who act in the spirit of the Gospel message put forth in Matthew, Chapter 25:35:
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”