Joseph Welch’s introduction of Charlotte Edmonds

Our school patron, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, was a young man who had a passion for life. He preferred the outdoors to the classroom, loved spending time with his friends, serving others, and having fun. Most central to his life, he was avid in the practice of our Catholic faith. Helping the poor and defenseless became his life’s mission. He was a true inspiration to his community through his countless works of charity and compassion.

Each year at our Baccalaureate Mass, we present the Blessed Pier Giorgio Award to a senior, who has earned the Red Cord of Distinguished Service Award, for completing at least 300 community service hours and who best exhibit the qualities of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati of faith, service, and charity.

This year 103 graduates are wearing the honorary red cord, and from these students, we are honoring one graduate who completed 490 (recorded) hours of service. This individual impacted our school and the larger community through her many acts of kindness and generosity. Often she was personally impacted as much as she impacted others, especially in her work to reach the marginalized and the imprisoned. Her spirit and character mirror that of our patron, Blessed Pier Giorgio. Her heart is bent toward serving others, and she has responded to this call to holiness since the first day she arrived at Bishop McGuinness.

It is with much joy that we honor Charlotte Edmonds as this year’s recipient of the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Award.