St. Peter’s 2010 Catholic Woman of the Year

Fe. 25, 2010

Vera Gwin lives by the personal mission of volunteering, “where ever I am needed.” On February 7, Vera was honored as Catholic Woman of the Year by St. Peter’s parish in Beaufort. A member of her faith community for close to 35 years, Vera is president of the women’s club, a daily volunteer at St. Peter’s Catholic School, leader of the coffee and donut ministry after Sunday masses, a bereavement team member, and a weekly visitor to the county jail offering Bible study to inmates in two languages.

Originally from Austin, Texas and one of four siblings, Vera was educated in Catholic and public schools, and joined the Marine Corps were she met and married her husband Richard forty-eight years ago.  Vera has two children, Juanita and Richard, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Each fall, Vera has faithfully provided her time and talent to the St. Peter’s Bazaar, working with a very good team in the White Elephant booth.  She has seen a lot of changes in her lowcountry parish watching it grow from a “little tiny chapel, to what is now the social hall, to today’s new church.”  Vera is “at ease working around the church,” and her work at St. Peter’s gives her the feeling of being “surrounded by God.”  As a thank you for her service, on a sunny Sunday morning, a grateful church community that has benefited from her dedication surrounded and honored Vera.

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