From the Boston Globe:
"Her own humble beginnings, and the help she received along the way, drive Mary Walsh’s passion for giving every child a shot at a good education and a good life.
Operating out of the Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children at BC, City Connects is now helping 50,000 kids in Massachusetts, eight other states, and Ireland, the country Mary Walsh’s parents left for a better life.
For all she’s done for poor children, Mary Walsh deserved a medal. On Monday, at BC’s commencement, she got one.
BC President William Leahy handed her the Bellarmine Award, named for an Italian cardinal who was a leading intellectual figure in the Counter-Reformation. St. Bellarmine was canonized in 1930.
Appropriate, because what Mary Walsh has done to help poor kids is the work of a saint.
She never forgot where she came from, or that everybody needs a little help sometimes."