PRESS RELEASE: FEBRUARY 2013
St. Francis Center for Renewal Third Annual Star Struck Gala, May
In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the School Sisters of St.
Francis in the United States, St. Francis Center for Renewal,
Bethlehem, has chosen to “Shine its Light” on Sister Mary Amata
Raised in Northampton, PA, Sr. Amata attended Blessed Virgin Mary
School. In 1945 she entered Mount Assisi Academy in Bellevue, PA as
an aspirant in the Congregation of the School Sisters of St.
Francis. After graduation in 1948, she was received into the
congregation’s novitiate, professing her first vows in 1949. Her two
sisters entered religious life as well. Sr. Sophie joined the
Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and Sr. Rosaria, the School
Sisters of St. Francis.
Sister Amata earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a
Master’s Degree in English at Seton Hall University, South Orange.
Her post graduate work in Administration was done at the University
Teaching grades three through twelve in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh,
Erie and Allentown, Sr. Amata served as Principal of St. Francis
Academy, Bethlehem from 1967-1978. As Principal of St. Matthias
School, Somerset, NJ between 1994-2003, she was named Principal of
the Year by the Diocese of Metuchen in 1999 and honored in 2002 by
Franklin Township as Educator of the Year. The US Department of
Education awarded St. Matthias School, while under Sister’s
leadership, the highly coveted Blue Ribbon Award. After retiring as
Principal, Sr. Amata was asked by Fr. Douglas Haefner to serve as
Parish Administrator for the Catholic Community of St. Matthias. She
is the first woman to have held that position in the Diocese of
Metuchen. Nominated by Fr. Haefner for her faithful ministry to the
parish, she was presented the Regina Nostra Award in 2011 by Bishop
St. Francis Center for Renewal is proud to name Sr. Amata Shina, OSF
as the honoree for this year’s Star Struck Gala. With over 60 years
in religious life, she is a ‘shining light’ of faithfulness and
An additional highlight of the Gala will be the welcoming of the
graduates of St. Francis Academy from the class of 1963, which
celebrates its 50th Anniversary, as well as those of 1968, 1973,
1978 and 1983.
All proceeds from this year’s Star Struck Gala will support the very
important ministry of St. Francis Center for Renewal. As one of the
few retreat centers remaining open in the Lehigh Valley, our mission
is to “glorify God and to witness to the Gospel by providing a
Christ-centered environment of hospitality, caring and love as an
oasis of peace and healing for all God’s people.”
Gala Director is Janice Gough; Co Chair: Christine Chew, President
of St. Francis Center for Renewal Board of Directors. Other
committee members include Sr. Bonnie Kleinschuster, OSF ‘74; Sr.
Regina Ann Rokonsny, OSF; Sr. Marguerite Stewart, OSF; Barbara Ann
Karabasz Shotwell '66, Vice President of St. Francis Center for
Renewal Board of Directors; Regina Beretsky ‘69; Dr. Milissa Bolcar
‘86; Shirley Briody; Tony and Nora Egan; Ellie Franges ’73; Mary
Gonzales ’73; Nancy Stephan Hutt '69; Roseanne Sekella; Kathy
Navarre ‘83; Deborah Stevenson ’68; Kathy Stolz ’69; Connie Taschner,
St. Francis Center for Renewal Board of Directors; Linda Walbert.
To receive an invitation, become a Gala sponsor or purchase an
advertisement in the gala program book, contact Jan Gough, Director
of Development, St. Francis Center for Renewal: 610.867.8890 or
Friendship and Food
just in time for holiday gifting!!
Get ready for a really special
Dedicated to our
precious Sr. Emilia Suchon, it contains many of her well loved
Added to that are
hundreds of recipes from you, our friends and family.
great cooks and I am so
impressed with what you have offered
by way of your
favorite and cherished recipes.
snacks, cakes, cookies, desserts, soups, salads, entrees…
it’s all here.
Heartfelt thanks to all who contributed!
To order your copy,
send check or money order
made out to St.
Francis Center for Renewal.
$18 per copy -
includes shipping and
395 Bridle Path Rd
Bethlehem PA 18017
drop by the Center
and pick up your copy:
$15 per copy