The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville will honor Patricia Geier on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. during a special ceremony and liturgy in the Ursuline Motherhouse Chapel, 3115 Lexington Road.
Geier will receive the Ursuline Sisters’ 2012 Angeline Award, which is presented every two years to “a woman who exemplifies in her daily life the charism of the Ursuline Sisters and their foundress, St. Angela Merici,” according to a press release from the community.
“Each honoree has demonstrated a contemplative love of God, resulting in an openness and eagerness to serve the needs of others. Recipients have exhibited Christian leadership through personal efforts to address problems such as illiteracy, poverty, violence, abuse, addiction and other social issues,” the release said.
Geier is cited in the release as a “leading voice for peace” in the local community. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has a private practice in family and marriage counseling in Louisville. She has offered her services pro bono to women in need, the release said, noting the award recognizes “her dedication to those who have been underserved and marginalized.”
“In all of her work for justice, Patricia has demonstrated compassion and spirituality that reflect the charism of the Ursuline Sisters,” said Sister Ruth Ann Haunz, chair of the Angeline Award committee, in the release. “Her work is rooted in her knowledge of God’s love for her and for our world. And like St. Angela Merici, she is driven to respond wherever injustices are committed.”
The release notes that Geier also led a Witness for Peace delegation to Nicaragua in 1984; was a founding member of the Kentucky Interfaith Taskforce on Latin America and the Caribbean (KITLAC) and is currently co-chair of the organization; actively involved in the Sowers of Justice Network; and a founding member of 1741: A Collaboratory for Social Innovation.
Geier, who attended Our Lady of Lourdes School and Sacred Heart Academy, also serves as chair of Louisville Fellowship of Reconciliation and of the Louisville Committee for Peace in the Middle East.