School of Nursing Awarded 2020 Esther Elliott Martin Scholarship

Two Holy Family University School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions students in the Second Degree BSN Daytime 14-Month Cohort program, Komiyo Adewoyin and Francesca Gallo, have been selected to receive awards from the 2020 Esther Elliott Martin Scholarship from Portage Learning, an online learning platform. The scholarship program was established in memory of Esther Elliott Martin (1948-1995) as a tribute to her lifelong commitment to education.

The scholarship was awarded to the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions in recognition of its “history, ongoing commitment to students, and the opportunities they have had to study and serve in the community,” according to Daniel Williams, associate director of School Relations at NursingABC/Portage Learning. The $2000 scholarship was shared between Adewoyin and Gallo in recognition of their dedication to their education and the nursing field.

“I am so honored to be chosen for this scholarship. This would not have been possible without God and the support of my family,” said Adewoyin in response to being selected for the award. “It’s not been easy, but in all humility, I can say that hard work pays off. I thank the University as well as Portage Learning.”

“I am thrilled to be one of the students selected to receive this scholarship,” said Gallo. “I am so appreciative of the support. Pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in nursing is one of the more challenging things I have had to do, but to know that I have support is encouraging.”

Holy Family University to Utilize LiveSafe App for TigerAlerts and Safety Information

Holy Family University is excited to announce that it has launched a new free app, LiveSafe, designed to keep the University community safe. The University's current system for safety and weather alerts, known as "TigerAlerts" will be retired May 1, 2021, so it is important that all members of the Holy Family University community download the new LiveSafe app to stay informed and up to date.


What is the LiveSafe App?

LiveSafe is the leading mobile platform for safety and security risk reporting and emergency communications, and serves over 400 customers across commercial enterprises, educational institutions, and government agencies, protecting nearly 5 million people.


The LiveSafe app provides the following features:

  • Receive TigerAlerts, including weather advisories and safety alerts, via the app or text message.
  • 24/7 access to safety and security information including a safety map.
  • Access SafeWalk to have a virtual escort monitor your location on a real-time app to get you safely to your destination.
  • Get help immediately -- the app uses your location to dispatch support.

To download the LiveSafe app, follow these simple steps:

  1. Download the app in the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Open the app to sign up with your Holy Family University email and mobile number.
  3. Create your password. You may be prompted to reset your password first. If so, request a password reset email and follow the instructions once you receive it.
  4. Log in to the app with your email or phone number and password.
  5. When prompted, select Holy Family University as your organization.

We hope that you will download this important app to help Holy Family University stay safe!

Black History Month: Celebrating Venerable Henriette DeLille (1813-1862)

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In honor of Black History Month, Holy Family University is sharing the stories of Black Catholics who have been declared venerable and have been put forward in the canonization process that could lead to Sainthood.

A native and lifelong resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Venerable Mother Henriette Díaz DeLille (1813-1862), was the great-great-granddaughter of a slave from West Africa. DeLille devoted her life to improving the welfare of her community, particularly for African-Americans who were current or former slaves. DeLille's mother, who was a free woman of color, provided her with a strong education with the intention of Delille finding a white suitor. However, DeLille felt deep spiritual ties to her Catholic upbringing and began teaching at a Catholic school when she was just 14 years old.

After being confirmed in 1834, DeLille began pursuing a religious life. She sold her possessions and used the money to establish the Sisters of the Presentation, the second Black religious order established in the United States. The order was renamed the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1942 (unrelated to the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, the order that established Holy Family University). Achievements included the establishing of Lafon Nursing Facility, which is the first and oldest Catholic nursing home in the United States, a school for girls, and a home for orphans. The Sisters also educated slaves, which at the time was illegal. As a Black religious order, the Sisters of the Holy Family often found it challenging to receive support for their charitable works.

After 20 years as Mother Superior of the Sisters of the Holy Family, DeLille passed away in 1862.

In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI named DeLille Venerable, and the following year the New Orleans City Council unanimously voted to name a street after her.

To learn more about the Venerable Henriette Delille, visit this memorial website.

Black History Month: Celebrating Venerable Fr. Augustus Tolton (1854-1897)

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In honor of Black History Month, Holy Family University is sharing the stories of Black Catholics who have been declared venerable and have been put forward in the canonization process that could lead to Sainthood.

Born into slavery in Missouri in 1854, Tolton was raised Catholic. During the Civil War, he escaped slavery with his mother and two siblings to Quincy, Illinois, where Tolton was permitted to attend an all-white parochial school by a priest, Fr. Peter McGirr, who recognized Tolton's commitment to his religion and education. The decision was faced with controversy among parents of the other students, and Tolton faced additional discrimination later when no seminary in the United States would accept him.

Instead, McGirr helped Tolton gain acceptance into the Collegium Urbanum de Propaganda Fide seminary in Rome. In Rome on East Sunday in 1886, Tolton became the first Roman Catholic priest publicly known to be black at the time that he was ordained.

Returning to the Quincy, Tolton was challenged by continued discrimination when trying to form a parish and participate in the growing Catholic community. Moving to Chicago in 1889, he became the pastor of St. Monica's Catholic Church, which primarily served Black parishioners. As the pastor of St. Monica's, Tolton led the parish through significant growth in the face of prejudice. He worked tirelessly to raise money for the construction of a new church to house his growing parish, which was completed in 1893.

After serving as a priest for a little over a decade, Tolton passed away in 1897. In 2019, Pope Francis named Tolton Venerable.

To learn more about the Venerable Fr. August Tolton, visit this memorial website created by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Holy Family University Celebrates Charter Day 2021

There’s no denying the fact that this year’s Charter Day—the annual celebration of Holy Family University’s founding charter—was unique in comparison to any of the festivities held in previous years. Many of the standard on-campus events that were held in past Charter Day celebrations were held virtually during the 67th annual Charter Day on February 11, 2021, including an Anniversary Mass and a special keynote address, which was provided this year by Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez.

In addition, Charter Day’s events also included the third annual Day of Giving, known as Great Day to be a Tiger. This year the Day of Giving goal was to raise $30,590 to award a one-time full-tuition scholarship to a senior next academic year. Because of the generosity of donors, the Day of Giving raised a total of $34,768.10. The extra funds raised will be awarded to a second senior.

After the Anniversary Mass and a short presentation about the history of Holy Family University, University President Sister Maureen McGarity, CSFN, PhD introduced Archbishop Pérez and addressed the Holy Family University community with her remarks on the importance of Charter Day to the University community. “Today is particularly poignant as we reflect on our collective ability to transform the way we work, the way we teach and learn, and the ways in which we stay connected as a community,” she said. “Nearly one year ago today, our lives—all lives—were forever changed as a result of the ongoing global public health crisis. And yet, each of you stood up to the challenge. The impact of our work as a University family results in a multiplier effect. Our small wins as individuals yield dramatic transformation in our broader communities. From our alumni in healthcare and education who have been at the heart of problem-solving and reinventing their roles to serve those who rely upon them—to our students and faculty who refused to give up and instead chose to innovate and create and grow their skills—these impacts radiate out into the communities we serve. This truly is a blessing.”

In his video message that closed the day’s events, Archbishop Pérez called it “a great privilege and honor” to be addressing the Holy Family University community. He spoke about the strengths of Catholic education and Holy Family University’s strong commitment to shaping the future while reflecting on his own experience working in Catholic higher education. He added, “Although we cannot gather in person due to the pandemic, today is a Great Day to be a Tiger.”

Closing with a blessing, Archbishop Pérez said, “I pray today for Holy Family University, for its faculty, administrators, and staff, and all the students there that are so touched by the love, the care, and the passion of those who walk with them.”