1992 Ignatius Award Recipient

Saint Ignatius Award Photo

The inscription on the reverse of the medallion reads:

TAKE, LORD, AND RECEIVE ALL MY
LIBERTY, MY MEMORY, MY
UNDERSTANDING AND MY ENTIRE
WILL. ALL THAT I HAVE AND POSSESS,
YOU HAVE GIVEN ME TO YOU, O LORD,
I RETURN IT. ALL IS YOURS, DISPOSE OF IT
WHOLLY ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL. GIVE ME
YOUR LOVE AND YOUR GRACE, FOR THIS IS
SUFFICIENT FOR ME.

ST. IGNATIUS

The award was presented
at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on
September 16, 1992 in St. John's Church.

Delois Neal

Child Care Center

Delois Neal's Ignatian Award Citation is not available, but below is an article from a September 1992 edition of the Creightonian. Reporter Bob Armbruster.

It was nap time. Most of the children at the Creighton day care center were restless. Firm but soothing words from head teacher Delois Neal help the kids to calm down.

Neal was a recipient this year of the St. Ignatius Award. She was cited for her excellent work with the children.

One of Neal's co-workers, assistant teacher Pat Pulsifer, said that "Delois presents a fun atmosphere for everybody, has a very kind and generous heart, and her insight of the children is wonderful. She knows all of her children, gives her heart to all the children and is very deserving of the award."

"Delois is really good with the kids. She presents a spirit of love amongst the kids and stresses the importance of friendship. She is strict, but does have a few rules which are expected to be followed. She is a like a second mother to the kids because of how much the kids really love her. She gets respect from all the parents and overall is a very generous person who is deserving of the award," said one of her student co-workers.

"It was a great honor, I wasn't expecting it at all," said Neal. "Words cannot express how I feel, except for that I am overwhelmed."

The award is presented annually by the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality on Sept. 16th at the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The award is given to Creighton employees who attempt to live out the spirituality and mission of St. Ignatius through their work and also outside involvement.

Claudia P. Runyon

Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
Ignatian Award Citation

God is an ever-present and comfortable force in Claudia Runyon's life, and her belief in Him permeates all of her actions and interaction. Her faith is not the lofty, inert variety, but rather serves as a springboard to community action. She is motivated by issues of justice, compassion and humanitarianism. She is firm in her faith, steadfast with her friends and colleagues, compassionate with her patients, an inspiration to her students, dedicated to peace and justice in her local and the global community, and motivated to give her undivided efforts to turn vision into mission. Her life speaks out in teaching others by word and deed to reverence the total human family with all its weaknesses. Claudia's faith also is seen in the surrounding community by her involvement with those afflicted by the AIDS virus. She is passionately convinced that all life is sacred and worthy of healing.

Claudia encourages professional excellence for the students of her department while also encouraging their personal commitment to their higher principles of faith and loving service. Creighton University, and in particular the faculty of the department of Occupational Therapy in the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, are blessed and by her spirit, the occupation of therapy has become a ministry of faith in the Ignatian spirituality.