Sr. Christine Smith, SBS,
Receives Robert L. Ruffin Award
Entering the novitiate of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1963 and later taking her vow of commitment in 1966, Sr. Christine Smith, SBS, was just at the beginning of her journey of following Jesus to work for justice within the Black and Indian communities. That lifelong journey has lead her to ministries in Louisiana, Alabama, Washington, D.C., Georgia, New Mexico, New York and finally Boston, where she received well-deserved recognition for her multiple ministries of community outreach and evangelization within the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.
Sr. Christine is one very busy woman with a fire of the Eucharist in her heart. Sister’s dedication to that “total gift of self” ministry of the SBS has lead her to visit the sick and shut-ins at homes, nursing care facilities and hospitals as the Pastoral Associate at both St. Patrick and St. Katharine Drexel parishes. Some other responsibilities assigned to her Pastoral Ministry work include directing RCIA and conducting Bible Study prayer groups. As if that is not keeping her schedule busy enough, Sr. Christine’s weekly ministries in Social Services at St. Patrick Senior Club (TWL) and St. Katharine Drexel Senior Club include assisting with guest speakers, cultural and entertainment trips and monthly health care screenings. She also participates in weekly gatherings in the Cyber Cafe with Emmanuel College Students and edits a column in the weekly bulletin entitled “Living the Liturgical Year with the words of Sr. K.D.”
Still amazingly, Sr. Christine sets time aside in her busy schedule to provide community outreach as a member of the Mount Pleasant Avenue, Vine and Forest St. Association. She has even been known to stand on local street corners with a placard in 3 languages reading…Catholic Church! God Loves You! Come Back! — keeping evangelization alive within her community. She also makes her religious presence known through the rosary and prayer as well as walking and talking with others throughout the neighborhood.
It is no wonder why she was selected to receive the Robert L. Ruffin Award at the 24th Annual Bishop James Augustine Healy Award Dinner for her “selfless sacrifice, creative vision and significant service to the Black Catholic community.” Some of her fellow Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament attended the event with her including SBS Vice President, Sr. Jane Nesmith, who gave the formal introduction at the awards presentation held on Nov. 18, 2017 in Massachusetts. Sister and the other award recipients, Sr. Joyce McMullen and Tchintcia Barro, have truly “fostered educational opportunities, demonstrated strong personal faith and compassion, and have reflected in their lives active concern for the unity of the Church”, some of the criteria required to received the award recognition.
Congratulations to Sr. Christine Smith, SBS! Be blessed as you continue to keep the charism of St. Katharine alive through your fruitful ministries. To view all of these photos, visit the album on our SBS Facebook page by clicking here.