Lauralton Hall Announces 2013 Claven Award Recipients at the 29th Bi-Annual Awards Dinner & Ceremony

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Lauralton Hall of Milford, CT, Connecticut’s First Catholic College-Prep School for Girls, Honors Exceptional Individuals in Recognition of their Outstanding Service & Achievement

Lauralton Hall is CT's first college-prep school for girls. Students hail from Fairfield County and New Haven County.

The recipients of the 2013 Claven Awards are all outstanding examples of individuals serving in the Mercy tradition.

The 29th Bi-Annual Claven Awards ceremony and dinner took place at the Race Brook Country Club in Orange, CT on April 27, 2013.

“The recipients of the 2013 Claven Awards are all outstanding examples of individuals serving in the Mercy tradition,” said Antoinette Iadarola, the school’s President. “Their accomplishments align with Lauralton Hall’s mission of empowering women for life, not just in Fairfield County and New Haven County, but in the world at large through their philanthropic, professional and spiritual work.”

The Claven Awards, which were inaugurated in 1980 as a bi-yearly event to honor individuals who are committed to serving in the Mercy tradition, are named for Lauralton Hall’s foundress, Mother Mary Augustine Claven. The ceremony also includes the presentation of the McClean Award, named for Rev. Peter H. McClean, revered mentor, chaplain and lifelong friend of Lauralton Hall, and The Reverend Cornelius J. Doherty Distinguished Service Award.

The first award of the evening was The Reverend Cornelius J. Doherty Distinguished Service Award, which was presented to Kate Linsley Rodgers, a graduate of the Class of 1967 and an educator at Lauralton Hall for almost four decades.

The Reverend Peter H. McClean Award was awarded to James P. Mooney, M.D., a friend of the school who has assisted in the restoration of the historic 1864 Carriage Barn and its planned conversion into an arts center, along with his wife and Claven recipient, alumnae and philanthropist Mildred Pinto Mooney ’50.

Sister Eugenie Guterch, RSM, a member of the CT Sisters of Mercy for 48 years, was also honored with a Claven award, as was Marolyn Agro Paulis ’62, who was recognized for her many church and business achievements. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, DrPH, MSN, RN, USAF (Ret), Commissioner of the CT Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the first female to hold that position, rounded out the Claven honorees.

About Lauralton Hall
The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, is Connecticut’s first Catholic College-Prep school for girls. It was founded in 1905 by the Sisters of Mercy and is among the top Catholic schools for girls in New England. Students hail from Fairfield County and New Haven County.

Lauralton Hall's unique mission is to empower women for life in a community atmosphere dedicated to the Mercy tradition of pursuing knowledge, recognizing truth and responding to the needs of others.

Lauralton Hall offers a rigorous academic experience that develops the skills necessary for success in college and career. In addition, the school is proud to offer a supportive, caring, nurturing and fun-filled environment that teaches young women the importance of global vision and responsibility, spiritual growth, as well as the importance of compassion and service.

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