The Molyneux-Lily Award 2018
On Thursday, January 25, 2018, Mrs. Meredith was presented with the Molyneux-Lily Award for her dedication as one of the greatest educators in our region during the Saint Joseph’s University Catholic Education Awards.
The Molyneux-Lilly Award is named after two Jesuits who are pioneers of Catholic education in the United States. Robert Molyneux of the Society of Jesus established the first parochial school in the United States, St. Mary Interparochial School, as joint pastor of Old St. Joseph's and Old St. Mary's Churches in Philadelphia in 1782. An immigrant, Jesuit missionary in the U.S., Father Molyneux became a visionary for the future of Catholic education in Philadelphia and beyond. He served two terms as President of a Georgetown University and was a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. An eminent pastor and missionary to the people of the newly independent United States of America, he also played a key role in the restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1806. Fr. Thomas Lilly of the Society of Jesus is one of the founders of the first Catholic school in Philadelphia to serve the educational needs of African American students. Along with the help of Felix Barbelin of the Society of Jesus and a Mrs. Wood, Father Lilly opened this school as early as 1856. It later became St. Peter Claver School.
The Molyneux-Lilly award is given each year by Saint Joseph's University to a Philadelphia educator who has made exceptional advances in innovation and efficacy for Catholic schools - capturing the essence of "the magis" - to do something of deeper worth, in the current moment, for the greater need.
This great achievement, celebrating Mrs. Meredith's great dedication to Catholic Education, was celebrated on January 25, 2018.
Here, many of our St. Mary board members, staff, friends and family gathered to celebrate not only Mrs. Meredith's great achievements, but also her continued excellence as a Catholic educator.
Congratulations, Mrs. Meredith! We are so proud of you and your dedication to Catholic education.