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Bon Secour’s Eck gets papal award

Sr. Patricia A. Eck, congregation leader for the Sisters of Bon Secours of Paris and chairperson of Bon Secours Ministries, the sponsor for Bon Secours Health System, of Marriottsville, has received the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal, the highest honor given to a member of a religious community by the Vatican. Sr. Eck has dedicated her ministry to the care of the sick, particularly the poor or marginalized. She has served in clinical nursing, health care administration, and sponsorship and governance for Bon Secours Health System, including on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Bon Secours, U.S.A., and she was a primary leader in creating Bon Secours Ministries. Sr. Eck has been chairperson of the Catholic Health Association, and received its Sister Mary Concilia Moran Award. She has served as chairperson of the Corporate Members of Mercy Housing and is now on the Catholic Medical Mission Board. Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University; master’s in nursing from Catholic University. Resides in: Marriottsville Recent vacation: Fourth of July celebration cruise on the Queen Mary 2 from New York to Halifax to Boston and back to New York. Hobbies: horseback riding; animals in general. Favorite books: Scripture, especially the books of Luke and John; “The Prophetic Imagination” by Walter Brueggemann; mysteries for fun while traveling. Currently reading: “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life” by James Martin; “Kill Me If You Can” by James Patterson. Favorite food: chocolate chip cookies Favorite quotation: “The struggle for a more humane world is not an option, it is an integral part of spreading the gospel.” — from the documents of the Church and Sisters of Bon Secours Boards Fred Sherrill has been named president of the board of directors for Monarch Academy Public Charter School, in Glen Burnie, and Michael Wodka has been elected to the board. Sherrill is vice president and financial advisor with RBC Wealth Management, of Annapolis, where he helps clients manage their money and advises them on financial services. He previously was regional vice president of Bridges Learning Systems. He also has held leadership positions at Redefining Actions & Decisions Educational Programs and the Aspen (Colo.) School District. Wodka is assistant director of design with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. He also has been a member of The Children’s Guild board.

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