Resolution J4837-2013

Honoring Sister Frances Picone upon the occasion of her retirement after more than 50 years of distinguished service to the Sisters of Mercy

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  • May 13, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 13, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 5, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring Sister Frances Picone upon the occasion
of her retirement after more than 50 years of distinguished  service  to
the Sisters of Mercy

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to bring full recogni-
tion and just tribute to those men and women of religious commitment who
accept  the  responsibility of moral leadership and render the wisdom of
human understanding; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body also seeks to acknowledge  those  indi-
viduals  whose  professional  lives  and  civic endeavors have served to
enhance the stature of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, In a career spanning over 50  years,  Sister  Frances  "Fran"
Picone  has rendered faithful, conscientious and valuable service to the
Sisters of Mercy and the community of Brooklyn, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Sister Frances Picone began her career as a teacher,  attain-
ing  her  master's  degree  in Education from Long Island University; in
1978, she  shifted  her  focus  to  working  with  elderly  people,  and
completed a second master's degree in Gerontology from the University of
Michigan;  in addition she received a Post Masters Certificate in Geron-
tology from Hunter/Brookdale College Center for Aging; and
  WHEREAS, Sister Frances Picone served in a number of  important  posi-
tions  during  her  exemplary career; she was the Director of Retirement
for the Sisters of Mercy Brooklyn  and  Long  Island,  and  worked  with
Catholic  Charities  Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens, in a variety of posi-
tions including Regional Administrator for the Brooklyn East Region; and
  WHEREAS, This esteemed woman brought a  special  quality  of  determi-
nation  and  passion to her work every day on behalf of senior citizens;
she was known as someone who never said "No" to those in need and  never
took "No" for an answer on their behalf; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2006,  Sister Frances Picone became Director of Services
for Older Adults at Lutheran Family Health Centers and Lutheran  Health-
Care in Brooklyn, New York; she was responsible for service coordination
for  the  residents  of  senior  housing complexes, for two neighborhood
centers for older adults,  and  for  the  Seniors  in  Touch  adult  day
program;  in  addition, she led the Bay Ridge on the Move transportation
program, as well as health promotion and  wellness  services  for  older
adults; and
  WHEREAS,  Recently,  Sister  Frances Picone has also worked to develop
greater interfaith  partnerships  in  the  promotion  of  congregational
health  and wellness; furthermore, she serves on the boards of directors
for THE TABLET newspaper, Mercy Home, and mercyFirst; and
  WHEREAS, As a Sister of Mercy for over 50 years, this remarkable lead-
er and caregiver consistently embodied her order's core values of  spir-
ituality,  community,  service and social justice; she was governed by a
keen sense of duty and always showed a unique grasp of  human  problems;
and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body that when a person
of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our  attention,  it
is  appropriate  to  publicly  and  jubilantly proclaim and commend that
individual for the edification of others; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Sister  Frances  Picone upon the occasion of her retirement after
more than 50 years of distinguished service to the Sisters of Mercy; and
be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Sister Frances Picone.

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