Sister Rosemary Connelly, RSM to be awarded the University of Notre Dame’s 2023 Laetare Medal.

In honor of her vision and her compassionate work with the residents of Misericordia for the last 54 years, Sister Rosemary is being awarded the Laetare Medal, which is considered the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics. Established in 1883, the Laetare Medal was conceived as an American counterpart of the Golden Rose, a papal honor that antedates the 11th century. Past Laetare recipients include President John F. Kennedy, Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day, novelist Walker Percy, Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner.

For more than 50 years, Sister Rosemary has guided Misericordia through enormous growth, touching and ultimately changing the lives of thousands of children, families and supporters in the process. Sister Rosemary is a visionary who devoted her life to the community that has become the Misericordia of today – a loving and caring environment that provides a full continuum of care and life-enriching programs for individuals from diverse, racial, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds with a wide range of abilities.


The Laetare Medal will be presented to Sister Rosemary during the 2023 Notre Dame Commencement ceremonies.  


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