Sister Judith Zoebelein named to high school Wall of Fame

ROME (09-30-2013) - Sister Judith Zoebelein, FSE was honored by Westhampton Beach High School at an Induction Ceremony on September 27, 2013 at the school district auditorium, Westhampton Beach, Long Island, NY. She was selected by the school district's Wall of Fame Committee for induction into the school's Wall of Fame which honors former students and faculty members for their extraordinary achievements in one or more of the following categories: academics, fine arts, school/community service, business and public service.The Committee establishes the selction criteria, reviews all nominees, and following lengthy discussions, selects the candidates fo induction. Sister Judith graduated from the school in 1967.

Sister Judith Zoebelein

The inscription on the plaque describes Sister Judith's achievements:

JUDITH ZOEBELEIN, F.S.E. - CLASS OF 1967
Judith Zoebelein, F.S.E., WHB Class of 1967 has dedicated her life of service to God and to the betterment of humankind. A member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist since 1979, she has been working at the Vatican in Rome for more than 20 years where she founded the Vatican web site, held a variety of technology related positions and currently serves as the chief writer and researcher for the POntifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The Council seeks to find common ground on challenging societal issues among religious sects. Sister Judith is fluent in seven languages and considers technology important in advancing knowledge and supporting spiritual needs. For her work, she was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal in 2011. Nominated by the Pope, this is the highest honor given to a woman by the Vatican. As a young woman, Judith Zoebelein, B.A., M.A., was a teacher who traveled the world twice and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Thailand.

Along with Sister Judith, two other graduates were inducted into the Wall of Fame during the ceremony: Edwin J. Cartoski, Class of 1942, a USMC pilot who saved hundreds of American servicemen during the Korean War and later on, flew helicopters on rescue missions; and Robert Alan Resling, Class of 1963, an Air Force pilot who flew tactical airlift and combat support missions during the Vietnam War, performing acts of bravery, including rescuing downed American fliers, for which he received many honors. Mr. Resling died in 2010.

Sister Judith Zoebelein

From left, Bernadette Aldcroft, who accepted the award on behalf of her father, Edwin Cartoski, John Bandrowski,
who accepted the award for Robert Resling, and Sister Judith Zoebelein,

Sister Judith Zoebelein

From left, Sister Judith Zoebelein, John Bandrowski, who accepted the award for Robert Resling, and Bernadette Aldcroft,
who accepted the award on behalf of her father, Edwin Cartoski. The two photos above are courtesy of Dawn Watson.

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