Brophy College Preparatory has announced that Sister Raphael Quinn, I.B.V.M., principal of SS. Simon and Jude School, will be the recipient of this year’s Inés Pascual Award for Generous Service. The award will be presented at the Mother-Son Communion Breakfast Saturday, Feb. 10.
The award is named for the Spanish noblewoman who came to the aid of Ignatius of Loyola as he began his physical and spiritual journey that led to the founding of the Society of Jesus – The Jesuits. Sra. Pascual met Ignatius as he was traveling from Montserrat to Manresa, injured from battle. She provided him food, shelter, and medical care, and later served as a fundraiser and businesswoman, working tirelessly on his behalf.
Sister Raphael’s own journey in the service of others has led her from the countryside of of County Westmeath, Ireland to the desert of Phoenix, Arizona. Born Elizabeth Quinn, she grew up in a family of eight children, with parents who prioritized education. After high school, she joined the Sisters of Loreto, becoming Sister Raphael and, in 1962, was asked to help at a school in Arizona that was in great need of additional Loreto sisters. That school was SS. Simon and Jude, where Sister Raphael first taught second and seventh grades, and where she now has been principal for 45 years.
Thanks to her tireless leadership, SS. Simon and Jude is known throughout the Diocese and the City of Phoenix for its excellence. During her tenure at SS. Simon and Jude, she has strengthened the academic program, added a gymnasium, science labs, art classrooms, and other facilities, and has fostered a culture of love and support that encompasses everyone in the community.
Just as Inés Pascual worked to ensure the success of Ignatius, Sister Raphael has worked to ensure that the Catholic education offered at SS. Simon and Jude has prepared children academically and spiritually to make their own journeys feeling loved, academically prepared, and committed to serving God and community.