Franciscan Award Recipients Announced

October 12, 2010 2:38 p.m.

Sylvania, Ohio—The Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio have selected Carol Bonar, of Steubenville, Ohio to receive the 2010 St. Clare Award and Dr. John J. Hall, of College Station, Texas, the 2010 St. Francis Award. Winners of these two awards are selected for their unique and exemplary contributions to society and modeling Franciscan values in their everyday lives.

Bonar, who is the Director of the Neurovascular Laboratory for the Trinity Health Center in Steubenville, has a never-ending passion for the mission and values of the Sylvania Franciscans and shows it in everything she does. Whether it is with her co-workers, hospital volunteers, the Steubenville civic community, or her family, her enthusiasm for what she believes in is contagious. She is truly a joyful servant among all people. Her list of activities of giving back to those less fortunate includes dozens of organizations over the last 30 years.

Whether it is serving as the chair of the Trinity March of Dimes—which she has done for the past 10 years—or organizing the hospital Christmas “Adopt a Family” project—which she has done for the last 20 years—Bonar never wants any attention drawn to herself. Instead, she always shines a bright light on all the people who step up and make these events successful. She considers herself a friend and companion on the journey of life and has come to know many people through her generous heart and sense of service, integrity and stewardship.

Married to her husband, Ronald, for 53 years, she has two sons and a daughter, eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She loves to travel and takes pictures of all the places she has visited. She can be found every Friday night in the fall in Section D, Row G in Harding Stadium (where she has had tickets for the last 50 years) cheering for the Steubenville “Big Red.” At 72, Bonar doesn’t even think of retiring, but when she does she will just begin her second career as a Trinity volunteer and plans to log at least 2,500 hours of service.

Dr. Hall, who is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Franciscan Services Corporation, the “holding company” for the health and human services ministry of the Sylvania Franciscans, started his medical practice in Bryan, Texas, where he served as Chief of Staff at St. Joseph Hospital on two different occasions. He is known as a good listener who creates an atmosphere where everybody is heard, a talent that has served him well as both a leader and a practitioner of health care. Dr. Hall is a humble man who’s primary goal in life is to serve in whatever way he can to make the world a better place to live.

He has a strong sense of mission and conviction that a person should give back the gifts he or she has received from God. He and Yolanda, his wife of almost 53 years, are long term supporters of social justice and human rights issues. They have been on two medical missions to Artega, Mexico, where Dr. Hall used his skills as a physician and his wife acted as an interpreter for patients. He volunteers one Wednesday every month at Health for All, a clinic that serves the uninsured in and around Bryan.

Dr. and Mrs. Hall have three adult children and six grandchildren and have been active parishioners at St. Joseph in Bryan where the pastor describes them as “very generous of their time, talents and treasures.” Dr. Hall received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and came to the Bryan area in 1960 where he started his general and family practice. He has delivered more than 2,000 babies in his career and was named one of Texas’ “Super Doctors” in 2005.

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