SINCE 1987, THE SALPOINTE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Alumni Association has recognized alumni who follow the Salpointe tradition of community service. The recipients of the Alumni Service Awards graciously work for the betterment of the communities they live in. Their efforts bring honor to themselves, their families and their alma mater, Salpointe Catholic High School. The 2009 Alumni Service Award recipients are:
The Alumni Service Award
Marianne Dillon Dunne '60 entered the Sisters of Mercy Convent and taught high school science and religion for seven years. In 1972 she became a missionary with the Maryknoll sisters and priests in Cobija, Bolivia. Hiking through the jungles and navigating narrow rivers by canoe or motorboat to arrive at villages, she served all of the rural communities of the state. Carrying a backpack containing only a hammock, rope, a mosquito net, clothes and bibles, she trained Catechists and health workers, and helped form rubber and Brazil nut co-ops.
In 1976 Marianne returned to the United States and made the decision to leave the Mercy community and a year later she married Noel Dunne, an Irish missioner. The couple left for South America and lived among the people in San Pedro De Pirca in the Andes Mountains and formed a Christian community. Using wool from the 4,000 head of sheep owned by the community, they set up a weaving co-op with the people of the area and developed the first native community business of Peru called Los Atavillos. Grants from Ireland provided spinning wheels, looms and marketing. Within three years, San Pedro De Pirca became known for its quality weaving and had its own export license. Money earned by the co-op helped the community to purchase a bus and establish a health clinic.
In 1980 Marianne moved on to assist the Peruvian Shipibo Indians in the establishment of a pottery co-op. Living in Yarinacocha, she worked with 35 communities in the Amazon Basin. By 1986 the co-op was stable and the Shipibo men and women were able to market their products not only in Peru but also in Europe. The income generated from the sales of the pottery allowed the communities to increase their production of rice.
In 1986 Marianne and Noel returned to the United States and settled in Denver where for two years Marianne taught 7th and 8th grades in a Catholic school. From 1988-1993 she worked with the Diocese of Denver's missionary outreach program recruiting and training priests, sisters and laity to work in the Monteria Mission in Columbia. She served on the training team for the Federation of Returned Missioners and was appointed by the Archbishop to The Archdiocesan Hispanic Pastoral Planning Team. Marianne was an elected board member for the United States Catholic Mission Association from 1989-1994. During this time, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. Thomas Seminary.
In 1992 the Dunnes relocated to Alamosa, Colorado. Marianne became involved at Sacred Heart Parish where she is the Pastoral Associate. She is also the Director of Religious Education and Spanish Speaking Ministry as well as the Social Justice Coordinator. Marianne continued to work in the areas of hospitality and social justice. The Dunne home is and always has been a welcome place for many, including homeless men, abused women and children and a Peruvian single mother and child who stayed for seven months. Marianne is a founding board member of the Immigration Resource Center in Alamosa. She is also a member of the Diocese of Pueblo's Social Justice Committee and the Diocese Council for Life Long Faith Formation.
Marianne and Noel are the proud parents of Wanda, a Shipibo girl they adopted as a baby in 1982.
Marianne has made a tremendous difference in the lives of countless men, women and children. She has no intention of retiring in the near future as she believes, "...there is still so much to do....."
The Helena Corcoran Alumni Service Award
While a student at Salpointe Anne Schroff King '64 was involved in the El Cees, Confraternity, Mission Club, Future Nurses’ Club, Science Club, Red Cross International Relations Club, Spanish Club, Pep Club, Sacristans, Key Club, Peanuts for Polio, Milk Fund Drive, Teens Against Cancer, Chocolate Drive and the Senior Class Musical. Anne was an integral part of Salpointe campus life and still is! Anne attended the University of Arizona and in 1968 she married fellow classmate, and the love of her life, Art King. For the next 33 years Anne was a faithful employee of Tucson Electric Power, working in departments such as customer service, accounting, drafting and computerized mapping.
After Anne’s husband passed away in 2001, she accepted early retirement because, in typical Anne style, she thought someone else needed the job more than she did. This decision allowed her to begin her next career – professional volunteer! Anne made a promise years ago that when she retired she would volunteer at least one day a week for someone. In no time at all, that promise expanded to several days a week, every week! The Salpointe Alumni Office became the primary beneficiary of Anne’s energy when she offered to volunteer one day a week. She was a perfect fit because Anne knows many Salpointe families and is always eager to build strong relationships with treasured alumni. When a crisis occurred in the Development Office and an enormous amount of work was needed to restore lost constituent data, Anne was asked to work two days a week for pay. She agreed but would only accept pay for one day. Once the crisis passed, Anne returned to volunteering one day a week until, once again, more of her help was needed and she agreed to go back to two days a week, giving one day for free. Anne has now given seven years and counting of greatly appreciated volunteer assistance to Salpointe. Anne has been an active and enthusiastic member of the Salpointe Alumni Council since 1995 and is organizing her 45th class reunion this year.
Ann offers help to anyone who needs it. She is extremely generous with her time and experience. Understanding those who are grieving, Anne offers support, attends many funerals, checks in on people and leads them to bereavement counseling. Anne's home is where her family gathers for any occasion. She is a great support to her parents who, Anne will tell you, are the basis for her volunteerism. They modeled the spirit of giving to their seven children, and Anne certainly learned well!
Much of Anne's community service will never be publicly known as she prefers to do her good works anonymously. Anne has volunteered for the Food Bank, the Relay for Life and the A Mountain Climb for Cancer. Annually Anne participates in the Multiple Sclerosis Walk and the Aviva Children's Services Bags for Kids Sew-A-Thon.
For the past seven years she, along with her brother, Dave, from the Class of 1965 take Thanksgiving AND Christmas dinner, complete with all the trimmings, to a homeless group that gather by a wash near Kino Hospital. The group of homeless averages about 40 people for each dinner. The dinner includes tables, table settings and gifts to whoever shows up and each meal begins with prayer. As the holiday's approach Anne can be found looking all over town for bargains on sweatshirts and socks to be given to the dinner guests. When asked how she manages to do this each year she simply says, "You have to help people. For many of these people it is the first hot meal they have had in six months or more."
Anne spends her days doing good works for people in all walks of life. Anne says, "Volunteering is the way I express my gratitude for the many blessings God has given me and for the solid Christian education I received at Salpointe." Anne's work for the betterment of others is a true blessing to many, many people.
The Reverend Joseph Gilmore Alumni Service Award
Larry Munguia graduated from Salpointe in 1976 and continued his education at the ABC Trade School. A 1980 work-related accident resulting in catastrophic injures ended his career as a welder. From 1981 to 1997 Larry was involved in a roofing business, the music industry and motel management and for awhile was a stay-at-home father and care-taker for his parents. In 1984 Larry married his childhood sweetheart, Bobbi. Along the way, Larry fell into addiction. His commitment to community service was born out of this very troubled time.
At the lowest point in his life, Larry was offered a chance to attend a Promise Keepers Convention in Los Angeles. He knew very little about what he was getting into, but had nothing to lose as he had already lost everything that was important to him, including his family, which now included two children. Larry went to L.A. in search of a new way, and found an old way; the way of Jesus. He can remember the exact moment in 1997 when he turned everything over to God and everything began to change for Larry and the people around him.
Larry returned to Tucson and he and his family joined The Church in the Desert where the pastor began to recognize great possibilities for Larry. Through mentoring and study Larry became a youth pastor and began classes at Pima Community College where he earned a degree in 2001 in Social Services. During this time he volunteered for Cross Streets; a mobile medical clinic offering food and free medical service to the homeless, for Christ Faith Center helping to feed the homeless and facilitated a Christian 12-step recovery group. He served as co-director of the Old Pueblo Community Foundation and preached to youth at the Catalina Juvenile Detention Center.
In 2002 Larry was ordained a Minister of the Gospel and in 2004 he founded The S.O.B.E.R. Project, a Bible-based Southern Baptist Convention church that offers weekly worship services and daily 12-step meetings and Bible studies that focus on recovery. S.O.B.E.R. is an acronym for service, obedience, bonding, education and relationships. In 2006 Larry joined the Tucson-Pima County Meth-free Alliance Faith-based Task Force and has served as the National Day of Prayer downtown event coordinator.
Sadly, The S.O.B.E.R. Project never lacks for those in need of its specific outreach. Roughly one in 10 Americans struggle with some form of substance abuse. One quarter of Americans are affected by addiction of their own or that of a relative or friend. Ninety percent of the S.O.B.E.R. congregation is in active recovery, 5% are still using, 95% are post incarceration and 70% are homeless. The church’s job ministry and hepatitis C support group is nearly as popular as Sunday services.
At Larry’s church there is no dress code – it’s come as and be who you are, piercings and tattoos are welcome, and bikers have a special place to park. Larry evangelizes in halfway houses and city buses. He offers hope and provides a place for people from all walks of life to not only just survive their destructive habits, but to overcome what keeps them alone and hurting. For every person that is lifted up to envision and work toward a brighter, healthier future, the world becomes a better place for everyone.
Larry is married to his bride of 22 years, Bobbi, and the couple have two daughters Alyssa and Jessica.
Congratulations to Marianne, Anne and Larry. Salpointe salutes you and thanks you for carrying on the Salpointe tradition of community service!