Joseph P Kennedy III and Dr John Lahey recognized among top New England Irish honorees
Boston awards ceremony will acknowledge the best and brightest Irish leaders
Leader in Community Service
Sr. Marguerite Kelly -Irish Pastoral Centre
Sister Marguerite is a Missionary Franciscan Sister born in Co. Galway and missioned to the United States after pronouncing her first vows. She received her professional training at Villanova University and later on a Master’s degree at Boston College. Her early years were spent as a teacher in various locations – Philadelphia, PA, Chestnut Hill, MA, and Union City, NJ. While she loved the teaching profession and enjoyed a great relationship with her students, she experienced a longing for what seemed to her a more Missionary Franciscan experience.
In those days a Sister did not ask for a particular ministry but trusted that God would provide it when the time was right. And God did! When Sr. Marguerite was invited to join her Franciscan Sisters in their mission in Bolivia, South America, she was delighted to accept.
The situation she encountered in this mission was mind-boggling. A severe bout of altitude sickness (La Paz is 18,000 feet above sea level) made her wonder if her decision had been a mistake. The situation of material poverty in which people were living was just unbelievable. But the friendliness and goodness of the people made everything else seem insignificant. Her ten years of living and working there were a very enriching part of part of Sister’s life, as were a further five years working with the people of Piura, Peru.
In retrospect, all of this may have been a remote preparation for the ministry of working at the Irish Pastoral Centre. Now in her eighth year, she has experienced the growth and expansion of the centre due to the commitment of a dedicated staff and a supportive board. This could only have been done through the generosity and loyalty of benefactors and friends. The Irish Pastoral Centre truly is “a parish without boundaries.”
Leader in Business
David Greaney, Synergy Investments
David Greaney is the founder and president of Synergy Investments. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company. David also oversees the acquisition, equity and investment partnerships. In 2011, the Boston Business Journal wrote, “David Germany has risen from humble roots to build one of the most respected real estate startups in Greater Boston.”
He is a graduate of University College Dublin and a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts. He has previously held positions in the investment management groups of Harvard University and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
David is active in the Irish-American business community and has received the Entrepreneurial Award from the Irish Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he has been recognized in Irish America Magazine’s “Business 100” and named one of Business & Finance Magazine’s “Most Influential US-Irish Business Leaders.” In 2011, he received the Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award.