Written on: December 12, 2013
On November 1, 2012 Catholic Charities, New York celebrated 90 years of serving the people of Buffalo and Western New York at the Niagara Falls Convention Center. Sr. Ann Marie Striegl was honored for her 35 years of service as a Certified Social Worker and therapist with the agency. Sr. Annie received a gift in recognition of her service from Sr. Mary McCarrick, OSF, Diocesan Director and Dennis Walczyk, Chief Executive Officer.
In the video interview, Sr. Annie said that she continued to work to carry out the mission of Catholic Charities and of Marguerite D’Youville by serving and empowering the poorest of the poor who come to her. Her office is adjacent to the St. Vincent de Paul dining room and discount store and many clients stop in to see Sr. Annie and get help. As a therapist, she has worked with adults and families in need of assistance, both psychological and material.
Behind her desk a bulletin board is adorned with pictures of many children. A client asked “Are those your grandchildren?” Sr. Annie laughed and explained that these were children that she had known and helped over the years, so in a way they were her children.
Sr. Annie hopes to continue her ministry with the poor and “die with her boots on!”
Congratulations, Sr. Annie!