Sisters Of Saints Cyril And Methodius Honor Benish
The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville honored four adults on Oct. 29 who received the Father Jankola Lifetime Servant Leadership Award in the ministries of evangelization, education, elder care and ecumenism. Father Jankola was a priest from the Diocese of Scranton who was instrumental in recognizing the need for religious sisters to educate children and founded the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius. Dr. Magdalen Benish was the recipient of the Father Matthew Jankola Lifetime Servant Leadership Award for Ecumenism. Benish has been a lifetime volunteer. At her parish of St. Andre Bessette in Wilkes-Barre, she serves in a variety of capacities. She is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, both in her parish and at Geisinger Medical Center South, and a home visitor to the elderly. She is active in social concerns and in many organizations. She was also instrumental in establishing a museum at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre honoring the scientific contributions of the Rev. Joseph Murgas. Attending the ceremony, first row, from left, are Sister Kate Morris, SS.C.M.; Sister Martina Hanrahan, SS.C.M.; Anna Hudock, board member of the Slovak Heritage Society of NEPA, and Dr. Magdalen Benish, recipient of the Father Matthew Jankola, Lifetime Servant Leadership Award for Ecumenism. Second row: Sister Madonna Figura, SS.C.M., and Sister Mary Beth Makuch, SS.C.M.