Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are pleased to announce that Sister Martha Mary Carpenter, St. Peter Mission School, Bapchule, AZ, principal, was awarded the Diocese of Phoenix Elizabeth Ann Seton Award at a recent Catholic Schools Week Eucharistic celebration. This was a touching surprise that brought tears of joy!
Bishop Thomas Olmsted recognized Sister for her tremendous years of service to the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools, and her many years of dedication and service to the poor children of God. It was especially touching that Sister Martha received this honor during the school year that St. Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized.
All of us presently serving with her at St. Peter Mission, Sister Thereselle Arruda, Sister Carol Mathe, Sister Barbara Jean Butler, Sister Pamela Catherine Peasel and Sister Elena Gonzales, applauded her at the liturgy along with some of our school’s current students. The Lord bless you Sister Martha! All you saints of God, intercede for us that prayerful, sincere, joyful young women may answer the call to be Franciscan Sister teachers!