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Two Hope Dominicans Recognized for Their Work

Debbie Blow Monica McGloin
Deborah Blow, OP Monica McGloin, OP

At its May commencement ceremonies, Providence College conferred an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree on Dominican Sister of Hope, Deborah Blow, OP, for her ministry of "preaching the truth and bringing hope to all, especially the poor among the people of Nicaragua." Sister Debbie is the director of the North Country Mission of Hope based in Plattsburgh, New York. For ten years, her organization has worked to bring relief to the people of Nicaragua after the devastation of Hurricane Mitch.

In part, the citation reads, “Drawn to the suffering people of Nicaragua following the destruction of Hurricane Mitch more than a decade ago, you have worked tirelessly to restore dignity, sustenance, and hope to the poorest of the poor in our hemisphere.

Undaunted by the misery you have witnessed among the families who call the Managua city trash dump their home and source of provision, you have identified and built creative partnerships to promote education, community development, and healthcare.”

In Cincinnati, OH, Dominican Sister of Hope, Monica McGloin, OP,  received the Fr. Joe Peschel, SJ Worker Justice Award on April 21, 2009. The Award is given at the annual Religion Labor Dinner. Sister Monica was chosen because of her involvement with worker justice issues including the right to organize, just wages and benefits for janitors and other low paid workers, and the annual Labor in the Pulpit/on the Bimah/in the Minbar program.

In her acceptance comments, she expressed her gratitude to her family and all who have taught her the importance of unions and fair labor practices. She believes that all people should have a voice in their workplace and the same benefits she enjoys.

The award is named for Fr. Joe Peschel who ministered with workers in West Virginia and Kentucky. When he came to Cincinnati, Ohio, he joined the Cincinnati Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice (CICWJ). He died unexpectedly.