Sr. Adelia Milligan, OSF, a Sacred Heart Southern Missions social service minister in Hernando, Miss., was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award during the President’s Volunteer Service Awards Banquet hosted by Volunteer Mississippi.
The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make and to encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in service.
Though it was Sr. Adelia’s work with the Interfaith Council on Poverty that prompted her nomination for the President’s Volunteer Award, it was her 55-year commitment to the needs of others that resulted in the Lifetime Achievement award.
Since entering the School Sisters of St. Francis Sr. Adelia has worked in a wide variety of ministries, including elementary school teacher, missionary and novice director in Brazil, as a psychologist in a maximum-security prison, and for the past 11 years with SHSM as a social worker in Mississippi.
Sr. Adelia retires this year.