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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Sister Rita Schonhoff
Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Ministering to the Soul While Healing the Body

The five county region where Sister Rita Schonhoff lives and works is one of the poorest in Missouri and home to few Catholics. When she arrived here in 1989, she quickly saw the need to provide health care to this vulnerable population. Sister Schonhoff founded Whole Health Outreach (WHO) and several off-shoot programs, offering health and social services that also minister to the human spirit. Her work spans school counseling for at-risk teens to home visits and fitness programs for the elderly. Embracing Sister Schonhoff’s vision, volunteers from local health centers, churches and other organizations have stepped forward to share their time and talent with WHO’s 2,500 clients.

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