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Elisabeth Bruyère Awards Dinner

Elisabeth Bruyère is the foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa (Grey Nuns of the Cross) whose members have been staffing and administering Ste Jeanne d'Arc School for over 100 years.  

Dear Friends,

We are always joyful when we have the opportunity to gather with you in celebration. You mean the world to us and your health and safety are of paramount concern.
Based on the recent events concerning the COVID-19 virus we believe it is prudent to postpone our Elisabeth Bruyère Award Dinner honoring James F. Linnehan Jr., Esq. from April 16th to Thursday, June 18th. Any sponsorships or tickets you have purchased will be honored for the June 18th date. We are also extending the timeframe to purchase tickets until June 1, 2020. Click on the button below to register.
We will continue to monitor as the days go on. It is our sincere hope that we will be able to gather in celebration on June 18th in safety and health.
If you have any questions please email Jacqueline Schnackertz at any time or call 978-454-7038. Additional information can be found on our Facbook page.

Thank you for your continued support. God bless.

Sister Préscille Malo,


Unable to attend but still would like to make a donation? Click on the button above. Thank you!


At the age of 21, Elisabeth joined the Sisters of Charity of Montreal (Grey Nuns), the congregation founded by Ste Marguerite D’Youville.  She was attracted by the mission of these sisters which was to reflect the compassionate and loving face of God the Father as they reached out to the needy and the marginalized without distinction throughout the Montreal area. In 1880, the sisters were invited to Lowell to open schools for the French-Canadians whose families had come to find a better life in the textile mills.  In 1930, they brought new life to the Lowell Corporation Hospital by staffing St. Joseph Hospital.  In 1960, they launched what is now D’Youville Life and Wellness Community to respond to new needs, those of the frail elderly.

Elisabeth appears as a model of prayer, trust in God, courage, daring, compassion openness, and availability to those in need.  The Sisters of Charity of Ottawa have all been challenged to follow in her footsteps.  Their long legacy to the population of Lowell attests that the effort has borne abundant fruit.  The students of Ste Jeanne d'Arc School have been the direct beneficiaries of the sisters’ dedication to the mission of education.

The Elisabeth Bruyère Award Dinner honors those individuals, businesses or entities who emulate the compassion for those in need demonstrated by Elisabeth. 


NEW EVENT DATE: Thursday, June 18th. Same times and location.

James F. Linnehan Jr., Esq.
President & CEO
Greater Lowell Community Foundation

James (Jay) F. Linnehan, Jr., Esq. is the president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. The Foundation is a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in 20 area cities and towns. 

He has been involved in community and philanthropy work for over twenty-five years, serving on boards of multiple local charities including D’Youville Life & Wellness, Ste. Jeanne d’Arc School, Lowell Telecommunications Corp, etc.  

Jay, a lifelong Lowell resident, received his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

We hope you will join us in congratulating Jay on April 16th. 

2019 Elisabeth Bruyère Awards Dinner Photos