Brother Michael Duffy Receives Paul Harris Award
Br. Michael Duffy, D.N.P., A.P.R.N-B.C., Elms College coordinator of the accelerated second degree in nursing program and assistant clinical professor, is one of three local citizens who will be honored on May 9, 2013 at the Rotary Club of Chicopee's Annual Paul Harris Fellowship Dinner, at the Delaney House in Holyoke, Mass. Br. Duffy will be honored along with Harvey E. Lafleur and Stephen R. Jendrysik.
The Paul Harris tribute is the highest recognition the Rotary bestows on individuals who live by the slogan, “Service Above Self.” The purpose of Rotary is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
“On behalf of the entire Elms College community, we congratulate Br. Michael on this prestigious recognition of his service,” said Sr. Mary Reap, Elms College president. “We have long been proud of his contributions to underserved populations, and now others will share in our pride.”
Br. Duffy took his final vows to be a Franciscan Friar in 1982. As he completes his studies for a doctorate in nursing from Regis College in Weston, Mass., he continues to gift his time to people suffering misfortune. He has worked in many third world countries, including as a missionary in Jamaica from 2005 to 2011, using his skills to help people unable to get medical care. When he was in Honduras, the Chicopee Rotary Club donated an ambulance to the town of Guayape, and Duffy helped to prepare the clinic and instructed the local nursing staff in the skills needed for ambulance operations. He has also given his talents to organizations in Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore, and he continues to volunteer at the organization where he first volunteered in 1978—the Open Pantry in Springfield, Mass. Most recently, as part of his doctoral work, Br. Duffy implemented a project to support the poor and underserved people of Chicopee. He secured the financing and vehicle for a medically equipped van and in January began providing free health services to individuals, including blood pressure checks, foot care and episodic first aid with the "caRe vaN."