Also honored was Gregory T. Swienton, the newly retired executive chairman of Ryder Systems, and Sister Elizabeth Worley, SSJ, chancellor for administration and the chief operating officer of the Archdiocese of Miami.
According to the press release Swienton led a change in the Fortune 500 transportation company’s business model. The change resulted in significantly improved operational and financial performance, with a $3.5 billion turnaround in free cash flow. Under his leadership, Ryder also achieved a 230 per cent increase in stock value, among other advances. In 2008, Swienton was recognized by the Catholic Church and named to the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Gregory the Great, one of five orders of knighthood that are conferred by the pope.
The honorary doctorate was bestowed on Worley because of her work as chair of the Board of Directors at Mercy Hospital (1986-2004), Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Hospice (2005-2007), and chancellor for administration and CEO for the Diocese of Orlando (2007-2010). Now celebrating her Golden Jubilee as a Sister of St. Joseph, Worley is the first woman to hold the title of chancellor. She has received the "Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice" award, which was presented to her by Pope John Pall II, in recognition of a lifetime of faithful service to the Catholic Church.
From Majorca, Spain, to Majorca Avenue
The community is invited to join Chabad Jewish Center in Coral Gables as it welcomes an ancient Torah from Majorca, Spain. The Torah was written approximately 200 hundred years ago on deerskin, and according to information from the center, has "come full circle — from the Spanish Mediterranean island of Majorca, Spain to Majorca Avenue in Coral Gables. The new Torah will be celebrated by reading the ten Commandments from it at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, which is the holiday of Shavuot, the day that commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai, 3,325 years ago.
"This scroll is a very appropriate addition to the Chabad Center, as represents the unbroken chain of Jewish tradition and survival," said Rabbi Avrohom Stolik, director of the center. "The ancient wisdom contained in this scroll is the essence of our identity as Jews, and possessing it now at our center is cause for great pride and celebration."
The celebration will conclude with a gourmet dairy dinner buffet following the reading of the Torah. The festivities will be at 2030 S. Douglas Rd., Suite 117 in Coral Gables. It’s free and all are welcome. If you go, please make your reservations today by calling 305-490-7572 or emailing info@ChabadGables.com .
New affordable housing in Overtown
Things are really happening in Overtown. On May 2, the St. John Community Development Corp. (SJCDC) and the Miami-Dade Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Consortium had a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated affordable, multifamily apartments at St. John Village 1410 apartments and St. John Village 1731-41 Apartments.
Joining the Board of Directors of the St. John CDC, was U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens. The two projects are a part of a group of projects to be completed by the SJCDC. The multi-family buildings had been in foreclosure prior to being purchased and completely renovated to offer 34, one- and two-bedroom units for persons who qualify with a 50 percent area median income or below.