The Cor Unum Award was established to pay tribute to alumnae and alumni who have embraced the philosophy of the Sacred Heart in their everyday lives. The meaning of Cor Unum is “one heart,” taken from the motto of the Society of the Sacred Heart—One Heart and One Mind. In paying tribute to the recipients, we honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the philosophy of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Sacred Heart alums are renowned for their accomplishments, achievements, and contributions. They are active within their association, at their schools, in their communities, with their families, and many other venues. AASH, each biennium, salutes four of these alums with a Cor Unum Award.

AASH Cor Unum and Woman of Conscience Past Honorees 1993 - 2015

NEW YORK 1991

  • West - Anita Vellegas Figueredo, M.D.
  • Central - Carita Corbett Rothing 
  • South - Adelaide Mahaffey Schlafly
  • East - Barbara Boggs Sigmund (posthumously)
  • Woman of Conscience: Joan Kirby, RSCJ
  • Cor Unum Chairperson: Colette Byrnes

ARIZONA 1993

  • West - Virginia McMonagle, RSCJ
  • Central - Dorothy Loveley Sweeney
  • South - Joan Walet Hartson
  • East - Betty Whalen Farrell
  • Cor Unum Chairperson: Beth Lowry Speck

HOUSTON 1995

  • West - Geraldine Ferrara Cattlin
  • Central - Josephine McGinn Witt
  • South - Lorraine Nalty Gambel
  • East - Valerie Moore O'Keeffe
  • Cor Unum Chairperson: June Rogers Kennedy

TROY, MICHIGAN 1997

  • West - Miriam Drum Gray
  • Central - Mary Sweeney Oldani
  • South - Ruth Hogan Tredway
  • East - Cora McLaughlin, RSCJ
  • Woman of Conscience: Oonah Ryan, RSCJ
  • Cor Unum Chairperson: Ellen Gambel Simon

WASHINGTON, DC 1999

  • West - Marcelle Eason Amory
  • Central -Helen Bruns Ryan
  • South – Patricia Ann Dickmann Sheehan
  • East - Jane Burke O'Connell
  • Woman of Conscience Award - Anne Dyer, RSCJ
  • Cor Unum Chairperson: Angel Kraemer Kleinbub

SAN FRANCISCO 2001

  • West - Rita Chambers Gannon 
  • Central - Mary Ann Foy Roncker 
  • South - Corinne Lapeyre Barry
  • East - Rita Ward Dwyer Scotti
  • Woman of Conscience Award – All the Religious of the Sacred Heart, in honor of the Society’s bicentennial
  • Cor Unum Chairperson: Kiki Corbett Rothing   

ST. LOUIS - ST. CHARLES 2003

  • West - Angel Kraemer Kleinbub
  • Central - Frances A. Asam
  • South - Mary Jane Stock Thaman
  • East - Sally Scott Prince
  • Woman of Conscience Award - Mary Pat Rives, RSCJ
  • Cor Unum Chairperson: Sandy Kiszla Chew 

CHICAGO 2005

  • West – Janie O’Driscoll Hoffner
  • Central – Anne Fenech Franco
  • South – Irene Ernst Mackenroth
  • East - Mary T. Clark, RSCJ
  • Woman of Conscience Award - Rosemary Dowd, RSCJ
  • Cor Unum Chairperson: Susan Nerney Schumann

NEW YORK CITY 2007

  • West – Patricia Boyd Fullmer
  • Central – Barbara Brown Lopiccolo
  • South - Mary Kay Tracy Farley
  • East - Rosemary Stuart Dwyer
  • Woman of Conscience – Joan Magnetti, RSCJ 
  • Cor Unum Chairperson: Toni Walsh Curry

LOS ANGELES 2009

  • West – Sandra Bellanca Madigan
  • Central – Anne Bernet O’Donnell (posthumously) 
  • South – Olga Seiferth Rome 
  • East – Judy Whalen Conley
  • Woman of Conscience – Virginia Rodee, RSCJ
  • Cor Unum Chairperson: Patricia Boyd Fullmer

MIAMI, FLORIDA 2011

  • West – Susan McPherson Lane
  • Central – Patricia Eldredge Kolojeski
  • East – Toni Walsh Curry
  • South – Rosemary Holland Gidionsen
  • Woman of Conscience – Helen Rosenthal, RSCJ
  • Cor Unum Chairperson:  Judy Whalen Conley

OMAHA, NEBRASKA 2013

  • West – Jean Hicks Miller
  • Central – Rosemary O’Neil
  • East – Elizabeth (Betty) Buckland
  • South – Jane Shannon Cannon
  • Woman of Conscience – Shirley Miller, RSCJ
  • Janet Erskine Stuart - Jean Bartunek, RSCJ, Carlota Duarte, RSCJ, Jackie Howard, Sisters of
  • Mercy, Patricia Reiss, RSCJ
  • Cor Unum Chairperson: Patricia Eldredge Kolojeski

Boston 2015

  • Central - Karen Witt German
  • East - Eugenie "Mimi" O'Hagan
  • South - Laurie Weiss Nuell
  • West - Esther Mariassey Kmetty
  • Woman of Conscience - Gail O’Donnell, RSCJ
  • Cor Unum Chairperson: Elizabeth (Betty) Rexford Buckland