Bishop Murphy Award Recipients Announced

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 09:31

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Ken_webSister_webSaginaw’s Own ‘Mother Teresa’ and Chesaning’s ‘Superman’ to Receive Awards
WHAT: Bishop’s Charity Ball  
WHEN: 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26
WHERE: Horizons Conference Center, 6200 State St., Saginaw

SAGINAW – The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, announced the two recipients of this year’s Bishop Murphy Award. The award will be presented to Kenn Bueche and Sister Marietta Fritz, S.N.D. de N, during the seventh annual Bishop’s Charity Ball this Friday, April 26 at Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw. The Bishop Murphy Award recognizes individuals for sharing and living the Catholic faith each day through example and for dedicated commitment to the social teaching of the Church.

Kenn Bueche was commissioned as a lay minister for the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw in 1982, and since that time has committed himself to reaching out in service to the poor. He is the founding member and director of the Chesaning Area Emergency Relief Organization (C.A. E.R.), an organization which has been providing money, food and clothing to those in need for more than 25 years. A former president of the Village of Chesaning and former chairman of the Showboat Music Festival, Bueche remains very active in his parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help. He is frequently found at the Chesaning Senior Center where he delivers baked goods, washes dishes and provides transportation to those in need of a ride to an appointment. Bueche serves with humility and love and his commitment to serve others has extended throughout his lifetime. At the age of 85, his full-time volunteer efforts have impressed so many, he is fondly referred to as, “Superman” in the Chesaning area.

Sister Marietta also will be presented with the Bishop Murphy Award. She moved to Saginaw in 1984, answering the call to serve as chaplain of the Saginaw County Jail. In the years since her arrival, Sister Marietta has been a powerful source of hope for women looking for a new start in life after being released from prison, jail or rehabilitation centers. In 1987, Sister Marietta and Sister Shirley Orand founded Emmaus House — a clean, safe, family-like environment for women who may otherwise have no place to go. Since that time, more than 1,000 women have been touched by Sister Marietta’s loving and dedicated service. She is known to many as Saginaw’s own “Mother Teresa.”

“At Emmaus House we believe people have the potential to become who God wants them to be,” Sister Marietta said. “Our hope is to provide an environment in which each woman can come to realize her own goodness and the goodness of God.”

The Emmaus House ministry, which now includes 14 homes, is committed to providing resources and spiritual guidance to women in need of support.

All are invited to attend the Bishop’s Charity Ball, which includes a silent auction, formal dinner and entertainment. Ticket information may be found on the diocesan website,

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan 75th anniversary year of prayer and celebration for blessings past and yet to come began on September 8, 2012, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patronal feast of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

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