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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Carmelite Sister awarded MBE
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¬†Sister Theresa Joseph Pegus, O.Carm., is to be made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. The award was announced in the Queen's New Year Honours List, published by the British government. The MBE pays tribute to outstanding achievement and service across society. Sister Theresa Joseph is the regional superior of the Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters in England. The sisters, who celebrate the centenary of their foundation in 2008, have three communities in England at Leicester, Birmingham, and York. Sister Theresa Joseph was awarded an M.B.E. for her services as Assistant Roman Catholic Chaplain at Her Majesty's Prison Glen Parva in Leicester. Glen Parva opened in 1974 as a Young Offenders' Institution, and has some 800 inmates. According to the government department responsible for granting awards, the MBE recognises those "who work and serve at the sharp end ≠ people who have really changed things or who have given outstanding service to others in difficult situations". Prison chaplaincy is one of several ministries undertaken by the Corpus Christi Carmelites in England. As well as serving God's people in Glen Parva, Corpus Christi Carmelites work in Askham Grange Womens Prison in York.
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