Stewardship award honors longtime parish volunteer

Her photo may not appear next to the definition of the word “stewardship” in the dictionary, but ask anyone at St. Mark’s Parish in Peoria what it looks like and they’ll point to Angela Kenny.

They made certain she knew how much they appreciated her efforts on their behalf by establishing a stewardship award and naming it in her honor. She received the award, which recognizes parishioners for their longevity, service to the parish community, faithfulness and Christian witness, at the inaugual St. Mark’s Festival on Aug. 15.

An organist at St. Mark’s Church since 1952, Mrs. Kenny has provided music for the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday since its inception, according to her daughter, Colleen Lavin of Peoria. She added that her mother also played for the children’s and adult choirs for many years, as well as for weddings, funerals and other special Masses.

Mrs. Kenny’s service to the parish includes working as the funeral coordinator for 35 years and the wedding coordinator for 20 years. In addition, she taught daily physical education classes at the school on a volunteer basis for 10 years, using the President’s Physical Fitness Program as a guide. To raise money for physical education equipment, she organized a summer children’s variety show called The Maplewood Brigade.

At 80 years of age, Mrs. Kenny still takes Communion to the sick.

“She is an inspiration to all who know her and has been, in addition to being such a driving force in the parish community, a loving, hands-on mother to five, grandmother to 19 and great-grandmother to 14,” Lavin told The Post. “We are thrilled to see her recognized for all she does for others.”

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