This annual endowment fundraiser celebrates individuals who exemplify the charism and values of Catherine McAuley, continue the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to our mission. Mother McAuley honors Mike and Anne Cullen with the Catherine McAuley Leadership Award, and inducts two distinguished members of the McAuley community as Life Trustees: Sister Ruth Mutchler, RSM and Raymond Lazzara.
The Catherine McAuley Leadership Award
Mike and Anne Cullen established the Bridget Anne Cullen Memorial Scholarship in honor of their youngest daughter who passed away at 17 years old while a senior at McAuley. The Cullen family immediately felt the outpouring of love and support from the students, faculty and the entire McAuley community. The scholarship in Bridget’s honor is a testament to the community’s compassion toward the Cullen’s tragedy. It also is a reflection of the community’s commitment to achieve positive outcomes through educational opportunities despite originating from such sorrowful circumstances. The Cullens are grateful that the Bridget Anne Cullen Memorial Scholarship continues to provide support to other families who share their value for raising their families in a faith-based community, and their desire that girls experience a Catholic education at Mother McAuley High School.
2018 Celebration Sponsors
Sister Ruth Mutchler, RSM
Sister Ruth served as Formation Director for the Mercy community before coming to Mother McAuley in 1969 to work as a guidance counselor, and as Executive Director from 1971 until 1979. She then spent six years serving on the Sisters of Mercy Leadership Team. Returning to education, Sister Ruth served as Principal of Saint Michael’s School in Orland Park. She later became Director of Saint Catherine’s Residence in Milwaukee, assisting homeless and pregnant young women. From 2000 to 2004 she was the Director of The Institute of Women Today in Chicago. Sister Ruth was a member of the McAuley Board of Trustees in 1975 and 1976.