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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wapella Native Honored with St. Isidore Award

WHS Grad Jerry Ryan was honored with the St. Isidore Award by Bishop Jenky in Peoria on Sunday November 23. Jerry and Mary Ann Ryan were cited for "living out their faith in the rural community in an exemplary and responsible manner", indeed an apt description of a top Wildcat.

Why St. Isidore? From his biography:

"Born to very poor parents near Madrid, about the year 1070. He was in the service of the wealthy Madrid landowner Juan de Vargas on a farm in the vicinity of Madrid. Juan de Vargas would later make him bailiff of his entire estate of Lower Caramanca.

Every morning before going to work, Isidore was accustomed to hearing a Mass at one of the churches in Madrid. One day his fellow-laborers complained to their master that Isidore was always late for work in the morning. Upon investigation, so runs the legend, the master found Isidore at prayer while an angel was doing the ploughing for him.

On another occasion, his master saw an angel ploughing on either side of him, so that Isidore's work was equal to that of three of his fellow-labourers"

Not a bad resume for a medieval Saint, but could get you fired today. Congratulations Jerry and Mary Anne Ryan for keeping the spirit of St. Isidore with us.


Anonymous said...

A well-deserved award.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Jerry and Mary Anne!

Anonymous said...

Were BEP and Kcat plowing next to Jerry R in the old days?


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