1997 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.
The award was presented
at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on
September 10, 1997 in St. John's Church.
Sinora J. Garrett
Reinert Alumni Library
Ignatian Award Citation
In libraries, there is the general rule of silence and respect for others using the facility, but in our own Creighton Reinert Alumni Library there is a quiet noise in the evening hours. Sinora Garrett is the evening supervisor, whose actions speak loudly in the quiet of her mission-place. Vibrant, up-beat, sensitive, and demonstrative describes Sinora's approach to living out her faith in Jesus. Her loving heart erases the word "hate" in her dictionary.
In her many encounters with students, staff, and faculty, Sinora reveals a selfless and sustained concern for others, even to the point of keeping the library open just a few minutes longer to accommodate a student needing to copy "just one more page."
To homesick freshmen, she is "mom." To nostalgic alumni, she embodies Creighton. Days, weeks, and years after meeting Sinora, students return, seeking her out for encouragement an direction on where to find "more than books." They also come to share all the pain and pride of coming of age with someone who is always in their corner and helping them find their own wisdom. Only the loving embrace of the Lord is bigger and more expansive than one of Sinora's famous hugs. God's love for her and the love of her family keeps her sustained and involved in extending that embrace to others.
For fourteen years, Creighton has been Sinora's extended family. Her's have been our joys and our sadnesses. She loves being a blessing and the silence of her benedictions, as with the books on the shelves, is available to all who stop in to read her book of wisdom.
The Ignatian ideals of compassionate service and faithful dedication are celebrated in the life of Sinora Garrett by her colleagues on campus, her church community, and by any who has a need for hard-to-find books or easy-to-find kindness.
Dr. Robert Townley
Department of Internal Medicine
Ignatian Award Citation
Doctor Robert Townley has a "Heart-Problem," and it is this. His heart is broken by the poverty and distress around the world. For the past thirty-one years, Dr. Townley has taught in the School of Medicine in the area of respiration with a strong desire to find a cure for asthma. This large-hearted man spends his professional life trying to breath life into the field of medicine and those who suffer suffocating poverty. And while waging war against bodily sickness, Dr. Townley is the "original passivist" as he speaks out in his stance against all military war.
His faith-life reflects strongly, yet quietly, his personal integration of the ideals of St. Ignatius, which are found in print in the Spiritual Exercises, and lived out in actions in the life of this Creighton gentleman. The Prophet Isaiah could well have proclaimed of him, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, and to proclaim liberty to the captives."
His love for the human family begins with the love within his own family. Along with his wife Nancy, this Christ-centered, extending family, reflects in its life choices the same intense desire to heal the human family of its diseases of body, mind, and spirit.
Dr. Robert Townley has extended to his own family the Creighton family and to the whole human family, the image of faith-filled commitment and the service of justice which faith demands. Through his person and words, we all can breathe the air of Christianity and our hearts find healing in this real "Man for Others."