The 11th annual Sisters Home Visitors of Mary Gala was held at the beautiful and historic Sacred Heart Seminary on October 4, 2015. The evening’s wonderful and fitting theme was Celebration of Black Catholic life in Detroit.
Three special people were honored, each of whom has long shared the Home Visitors’ vision of enculturating the Gospel and taking it into peoples’ homes:
Karla Cole Green continues the funeral home started by her father which has served African-American families and parishes in Detroit for many years. She underwrote the Josephite calendars that brought Black religious art into many homes and religion classes. See the full testimonial to Karla by clicking here.
Karla Cole Green and special guest
John Fleming, a professional teacher, taught in HVM Vacation Bible Schools, served St. Benedict the Moor parish, and preserves the Black Catholic Story from his alma mater, Xavier University. See the full testimonial to John by clicking here.
Marjorie Gabriel-Burrow has provided leadership and direction to the superb Detroit Gospel Choir for 40 years. See the full testimonial to Marjorie by clicking here.
Master of Ceremonies John Thorne
Mr. Hugh Buchanan, Chairperson, HVM Finance Advisory Committee
Our Lady of Victory – Presentation Parish, 50 Up Club
Dorothy and Dr. Paul Sullivan, Christ the King Parish
Knights of Columbus, Blessed Sacrament Parish
Dr. Okulski and guests, faithful patron HVM mission
Kaitlyn Clark, grand daughter of Thelma Wilson
Entertaining dance presentation:
Samuel I Onyene, Knights of Columbus
Linda Franklin delivering testimonials to honorees
Thelma Wilson, Sr. Elizabeth HVM, Marjorie Gabriel-Burrow
Sr. Rosemarie and fundraising committee honoring Beatrice Cochran, long-time chairperson
Waving good bye! Sr. Laura Marie, HVM, Martha Lum, HVM Associate, & special guest