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Catholic Charities Diocese of Paterson has announced the names
of this year’s Recipients of the 2015 Caritas Awards


At the Catholic Charities Caritas Gala to be held on November 7, 2015, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sameth, Mrs. Cynthia (Suzy) Moran,  Sister Marie Antonelli, MPF and Thomas Johnson, Jr. will be presented with the Caritas awards recognizing their efforts on behalf of the poor and marginalized in our community.

Sister Marie Antonelli, MFP is a distinguished educator in the tradition of the Filipini Sisters. She is currently the principal of Holy Spirit School in Pequannock. Sister Marie has been a tireless worker on behalf of the Church. She is an advocate for student education, a model of religious life and a well-known friend to clergy and laity alike. Under her leadership, Holy Spirit School is placed in the forefront of Catholic educational institutions and has received multiple awards for excellence. Sr. Marie Antonelli, MFP will receive the 2012 Caritas award for Advocacy.

The Service award with be presented to Mrs. Cynthia (Suzy) Moran and Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sameth.  The Sameths and Mrs. Moran have been examples of philanthropy for many years. They have provided not only funding but moral support and leadership in developing program and services for those in needs both locally in New Jersey and internationally.  In addition to their many other charitable endeavors, Sue and Bob Sameth are deeply committed to health care. Through their generosity the Sameth Emergency Department at Morristown Memorial Hospital was established and dedicated in October of 2014. Not surprising Sue Sameth has been a member of the emergency response team for over 40 years. The generous heart of Suzy Moran beats especially for children -  their education and their health. Through her efforts and underwriting a school, clinic and several homes have been built in Guatemala. She also serves on several local charity and development boards.

Thomas Johnson, Jr. founded Africa Surgery in 2003. It is a a non-profit organization providing health care and surgical services to needy people in Sierra Leone. For about 5 months a year Tom live there working with international and local medical programs and facilities that provide diagnoses and treatment on a wide range of issues. When he is not there, he coordinates activities from Morristown, NJ, with help from some in-country assistants, including Mohamed Mansuray in Freetown and Foday Tarawalie in Makeni. Tom was a member of the Peace Corps from 1989-1991.Tom Johnson will receive the Caritas award of Convening.

The awards will be presented at the Catholic Charities Caritas Gala, Saturday, November 7nd at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany. For further information, please contact Father Edward Lambro at the Catholic Charities Development Office at 973-523-4456 or



 2015 Caritas Award Recipients

Sister Marie Antonelli, MPF - Advocacy

Mr. Thomas Johnson, Jr. - Convening

Mrs. Cynthia (Suzie) Moran - Service

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sameth - Service

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