“United in Faith and Service”
July 14-16 at Chestnut Hill College
Chestnut Hill College hosted the 43rd biennial National Convention of Kappa Gamma Pi in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Convention Committee members presented United in Faith and Service as the convention theme.
Highlights of the Convention
On Thursday evening, Kappas arrived on the campus of Chestnut Hill College and attended a welcome social. On Friday, Kappas participated in a productive business meeting. Kappas enjoyed dinner and sightseeing in downtown Philadelphia. The Saturday morning program started with an encouraging presentation by Keynote speaker, John Lafferty (Cabrini University, PA, ’12). His presentation, "Unity, That's What Drives Us!" shared some of his insights on leadership from his personal experiences working to unify diverse groups of employees and volunteers. Sister Cecelia Cavanaugh, PhD (Chestnut Hill College, PA, ’75), Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at Chestnut Hill College (CHC) followed John with an inspiring presentation. She spoke about “Small Patterns in a Large Design” and drew parallels from the Convention theme “United in Faith and Service” to the mission of CHC, which is dedicated to “serving the Dear Neighbor of student, faculty, staff, the surrounding community, as well as our global neighbors, without distinction and with love.” The goal, she said, is not education per se, but unity: “uniting one person to another and all persons to God.” Sr. Cecelia also introduced Chestnut Hill's 2017 Saint Catherine Medal recipient, Andrew Conboy.
In honor of the Convention theme of Unity and Service, on Saturday afternoon, Kappas wrote letters of appreciation to deployed troops, new recruits and veterans, and letters of support to hospitalized children. The letters were distributed by Operation Gratitude and Cards for Hospitalized Kids.
Faith and Service Award
The 2017 Kappa Gamma Pi Faith and Service Award was presented to Nancy and Tom Costello, Jr., the co-founders of the Joy of Sox in Philadelphia. Nancy and Tom attended the Convention Banquet to accept the award. Their mission is to provide joy to the homeless by giving them new socks. Their vision is to be able to give every homeless person in the United States a few new pairs of socks every year. The reason this charity is needed, they explained, is that while many people donate clothing for the needy, they rarely include socks. Many street people suffer terrible foot ailments exacerbated by the lack of clean socks. Kappa Elizabeth G. Kanaras (Cabrini University, PA, ‘12), Broomall, PA, was also in attendance at the banquet. Elizabeth nominated Nancy and Tom for this honor.
Cornaro Scholarship Committee Selects Two 2017 Recipients
The Cornaro Scholarship Committee Chair, Teresa Bosh announced the winners of the 2017 KGP scholarship competition. The prestigious Cornaro Scholarship—open only to Kappa members—is used for graduate expenses at any accredited university.
Recipients of $5000 scholarships are:
- Nicole Kathol, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
- Catherine Maloney, St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
Kappa members enjoyed a weekend in the city of brotherly love engaging in service, fellowship and the renewal of our commitment to this great organization.