Sister Jerome to speak at BHCC event

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Ursuline Sister Jerome Corcoran, a well-known area educator who recently launched her latest philanthropic effort at the age of 96, will be the guest speaker Saturday at the Brier Hill Cultural Center’s monthly breakfast series.

Sister Jerome, who launched “Sister Jerome’s Kids” in November, will speak at 10 a.m. in the Center’s main hall, 145 Jefferson St. in the city’s Brier Hill neighborhood.

In addition to discussing her lifelong mission of education, Sister Jerome also will accept a $1o,000 check from the California-based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Sister Jerome’s numerous contributions include her establishment of the Mill Creek Community Center and the Youngstown Community School. For 36 years, she served as director of the Mill Creek Children’s Center pre-school for children of lower-income working parents, and played a key role in the founding of a charter school next to the Center.

In 2012, she established Sister Jerome’s Poor, a non-profit organization to assist working poor families in emergencies. Last year, she raised $80,000 that benefited more than 50 families.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, established in 1944 by renowned hotelier and philanthropist Conrad N. Hilton, has awarded the $10,000 grant to Sister Jerome’s Kids, a program designed to help poor urban children to enter a college or trade school. In 1986, the trust founded the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters to specifically support the apostolic work of Roman Catholic nuns. The check will be presented by Ursuline Superior General Sister Nancy Dawson.

Saturday’s program is open to the public with an admission fee of $5, which includes refreshments, and secured parking is available at The Brier Hill Cultural Center.

The Brier Hill Cultural Center, formerly St. Casimir Church, is dedicated to celebrating the Mahoning Valley’s cultural diversity, while serving as an anchor in the historic Brier Hill neighborhood.

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