Sister Cecilia Marie Morton was chosen as Peacemaker of the Year at the Franciscan Federation Annual Conference because of her untiring witness to the values of social justice and racial equality among the African American community in Detroit. Sister Cecilia Maria worked for many years at St. Bernard Parish in Detroit, and has been an active member of the National Black Sisters' Conference. She is currently involved in the Rites of Passage Program and programs dealing with the Black experience. Her use of art and poetry is an integral part of her work and her spirituality.
As we celebrate 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s march to Selma, we are proud to celebrate 54 years of Sister Cecilia Marie's life with the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis. In receiving the award, Sister Cecilia Marie stated, "To God be Praise and Honor and Glory! I stand here on the shoulders of not just my ancestors and those of other nationalities, but the ancestors of my family, my Community, and the ancestors of all our Black Catholic History. I especially remember Fr. Cyprian Davis who died just a few weeks ago and Sr. Thea Bowman. Thank you and God bless."
A plaque was given to Sister Cecilia Marie from the congregation (designed by Sisters Catherine Britton and Shawn Lee). It states:
Sr. Cecilia Marie Morton
In this fiftieth year of marking the Great March in Selma, we pause to honor the warrior woman who has walked among us with gentleness, integrity, and a solemn determination to claim the legacy and gift of your own people.
Generations have made the Rite of Passage under your vigilant direction.
And, you have taught us much as, from your earliest years, you followed the call to serve the people of the city and Church of Detroit.
Congratulations to our Franciscan Peacemaker of the Year
From all the Sisters and Associates of the
Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis
Attendees at the Franciscan Federation Conference included Sisters Judy David, Sandy LoPorto, Cecilia Marie Morton, Dorothy Pagosa, Donna Wilhelm and Francis Therese Woznicki.