St. Vincent Meals on Wheels Founder and Executive Director Sr. Alice Marie Quinn, DC, marked her 60th anniversary as a Daughter of Charity with a Jubilee Mass at Hotel Dieu, adjacent to the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels Kitchen, together with many fellow Daughters of Charity, friends and supporters of STVMOW. Daughters of Charity Provincial Director Fr. Andrew Bellisario, C.M., celebrated the Mass, with Sr. Patricia Miguel, DC, and Sr. Donna Kramer, DC, providing the liturgical music, and Sr. Patricia and Sr. Joyce Weller, DC, doing the readings. During his homily, Fr. Bellisario, who grew up in Alhambra, recounted his time as a volunteer at STVMOW while a student in the late '70s, with Sr. Alice Marie assigning him the "prestigious role of runner," delivering meals to hungry, homebound clients. Even then, with the organization in its early years, Fr. Bellisario could see the enormous value the meals program provided to the community, not only in terms of nutrition for the body, but also in addressing the seniors' need for social connection. Nearly four decades later, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels prepares, delivers and serves 4,000 meals a day, with its runners often the only human faces STVMOW clients see all day.
Following the Mass, a festive lunch of Santa Maria Barbecue - one of Sr. Alice Marie's favorites - and red velvet cupcakes was served, with musicians Bill Barrett III and Tom Frazer performing jazz standards as guests mingled. Sr. Alice Marie, who took her vows 60 years ago in St. Louis, MO, noted that her first Mother Superior gave her some advice that has held up well over the years: "At age 25, I was offered a position where I would be in charge of a hospital kitchen in New Orleans and I protested, saying, 'But I don't know how to be a boss!' The Mother Superior simply stated firmly, 'Just act like one.' And I've been acting like a boss ever since!"