May 6, 2014

Elms College student receives Sisters of St. Joseph Service Award



Staff report
(Photo courtesy of Sisters of St. Joseph)

CHICOPEE – Elms College graduating senior Margaret Kuntz has been named the recipient of this year’s Sisters of St. Joseph Service Award. The 23-year-old nursing major from South Hadley received the award at a ceremony May 2.

“The Sisters of St. Joseph have always been a part of my life,” said Kuntz, who was taught by the Sisters at Blessed Sacrament School in Holyoke. The SSJ Service Award was established in 2004 as a way of recognizing Elms College students who exhibit “a spirit that echoes the love of humanity and dedication to service.”  

Kuntz participated in a college service trip to Jamaica where she took blood pressure readings and checked blood sugar levels. She said doing service to others in a low income area “makes you see how fortunate you are in your life.” She also said that she sees missionary work being part of her future. 

Sister of St. Joseph Carol Allan, campus minister, said of Kuntz, “She lives the charism of the sisters – she reaches across all kinds of lines to meet people. She is willing to participate and be actively engaged.”

In addition to her service trip, Kuntz tutored at Homework House in Holyoke, volunteered in the Dorothy Day Program at the Elms and participates in church services on and off campus.