Catholic Charities Honors Sr. Maryadele Robinson

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Over the past 30 years, Boston has become an iconic place thanks to its colorful and talented residents. For example, when you think NFL Football, Tom Brady comes to mind; the world stage, Secretary of State John Kerry; and in Hollywood films, Mark Wahlberg and the hilarious Amy Poehler. When you set your gaze to South Boston, not the streets glorified on film, but 275 West Broadway, Catholic Charities Labouré Center comes into focus with Sr. Maryadele Robinson at the door warmly welcoming neighbors and newcomers alike.

The Labouré Center has become a safe haven and beacon of hope for generations of families in South Boston and beyond, thanks in large part to the blessed stewardship and leadership of Sr. Maryadele Robinson, who after 28 years as Director is stepping down. She will continue to be a part of the Catholic Charities family, in addition to pursuing new pastoral ministries, including continuing her work with families affected by the opioid crisis in the Archdiocese of Boston. To celebrate her achievements, we are honoring Sr. Maryadele with the Jack Shaughnessy Service Award at the Labouré Center’s Spring Reception on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at John Hancock Financial on 601 Congress Street, Boston, Mass. Our honorary co-chairs of the evening are Mayor Martin Walsh and Lorrie Higgins and special guest Cardinal Seán O’Malley. Please, note that tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Reserve your tickets now at ccab.org/events; seating is limited.

In preparation for this milestone evening, ccab.org recently sat down with Sr. Maryadele to reflect on her tenure as Director of Catholic Charities Labouré Center.  

At the Heart of Our Mission, Our Employees

The Labouré Center opens the door of hope and opportunity at very practical levels to a diverse group of people who face one challenge or another—food insecurity, income inequality, affordable housing, job training, grappling with a loved one’s opioid addiction or the need for affordable, quality childcare or youth mentoring services. The problems faced by people who walk through our doors at the Labouré Center are not easy, they are complex.

“On a daily basis at the Labouré Center, we see people of all ages who struggle with so many things. Our dedicated staff always goes the extra mile and does what it takes by way of individualized attention and support to transform a person’s self-confidence from failure to I can do that!” stated Sr. Maryadele Robinson.  

She continued, “The profound commitment to our mission here at Catholic Charities never ceases to amaze me. Our job is to empower, enable growth and to never let those we serve fail.”

Full Circle Leadership

Regarding leadership, Sr. Maryadele says the members of the Labouré Center Advisory Board join the leadership team with a demonstrated history of believing and understanding the mission; many know first-hand how our work can positively transform individuals, families and communities. She says that generations of families in South Boston and well beyond have benefitted from the Labouré Center and in return, they come back and give back.

Sr. Maryadele reflected, “The need for a strong and engaged Advisory Board is as essential as ever as the gap between rich and poor expands at an alarming rate, not only in South Boston, but throughout Eastern Massachusetts. I am confident that our Advisory Board will continue to grow, evolve and strive to ensure that the Labouré Center remains a safe haven for all.” 

A Perfect Day at Labouré

With a career spanning 28 years at Catholic Charities, we asked Sr. Maryadele if she had to pick her favorite days on 275 West Broadway what would they be? A difficult question, but as always, she did not shy away from the challenge.

 “A perfect day at the Labouré Center is hearing my staff share how they’ve worked to help someone in need move one step forward in life,” Sr. Maryadele said.  

In many ways, Sr. Maryadele says her role as Director reflects the way she lives: to live life as a concrete expression of God’s love in the world. Reflecting back on her favorite days, these concrete expressions of love she shared abound at Labouré; from the sense of accomplishment in the faces of our job training graduates; to the relief and renewed hope on the face of someone receiving counseling; a mentor and young mentee match building a relationship that lasts a lifetime; and a special daily blessing, to see children say good bye to their parents as they excitedly join their friends at the Childcare Center.

These are perfect days at Labouré and we thank Sr. Maryadele Robinson and her colleagues for every one of them. Please join us in celebrating Sr. Maryadele Robinson at Spring Reception on Thursday, April 28.