Chelsea, MI –Seventeen years ago, the Lansing Guild of the Catholic Medical Association created the St. Camillus Award, given annually to a deserving organization caring for others with God’s love, and this year’s CMA award was given to St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI, on Saturday March 16, 2013. St. Camillus de Lellis is known as the patron saint of the sick, hospitals, nurses and physicians, and lived in Italy from 1550-1614. St. Louis Center is run by the Servants of Charity congregation, and provides residential care for persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This is the second time the award has been given to St. Louis Center.
The evening began with a special “Rose Mass” at St. John the Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, MI, in which Most Rev. Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing was the celebrant. Nearly 100 medical professionals were in attendance to renew their Hippocratic Oaths at the end of the Mass with Bishop Boyea. Following the Mass, a dinner was held at the Polo Fields Washtenaw, (formerly Washtenaw Country Club), in which representatives of St. Louis Center were presented with the 2013 St. Camillus Award. Rev. Enzo Addari, SdC., Administrator of St. Louis Center, was on hand to accept the award, which was presented by Rev. Timothy Nelson, MD, of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Jackson, and Dr. Juan Francisco “Paco” Lopez of Ann Arbor.
St. Louis Center was established in 1960, and has been serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities now for 53 years. For more information about St. Louis Center, please visit www.stlouiscenter.org.