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The 2017 inaugural “More Caring Hearts” event was held on Saturday, February 4 at the Abby Event Center. This ‘thank you’ event for our most committed volunteers and champions was attended by nearly 150 people, who joined the St. Thomas More Health Foundation in honoring Joe and Billie Faricy with the Abbot Leonard Schwinn Outstanding Community Partner award for their dedication to the mission of the Foundation and St. Thomas More Hospital.
The Rule of Benedict directs: "Let care be given the sick, that they may be served as Christ."
This was the call the Benedictine Sisters of Yankton, South Dakota heeded when they came Cañon City, Colorado more than 60 years ago. The Sisters responded to a plea from Abbot Leonard Schwinn of Holy Cross Abbey in 1938. Abbot Schwinn was searching for nuns to take over the Fremont County Doctors' Hospital founded in Cañon City in 1917 and located at 432 Greenwood.
A total of six Sisters had arrived by November of 1938. Working all day, seven days a week, these women dedicated their lives to the health and well-being of the citizens of Fremont County.
Together they laid the groundwork for the future of nonprofit religious-based health care in Fremont County. This is the legacy of St. Thomas More Hospital, which would not have been possible without the direction of Abbott Schwinn and his desire to provide the best health care for this community.
Joe and Billie Faricy, the recipients of the inaugural Abbott Leonard Schwinn Outstanding Community Partner Award, embody this same dedication to community. We are proud and honored to call them friends of the St. Thomas More Health Foundation and St. Thomas More Hospital.
Christi-Marie Butler Director of PhilanthropyPenrose-St. Francis Health Foundation and Centura South State Operating Group
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