Sr. Celine poses with her award at the Franciscan Federation Annual Conference in Buffalo. (Submitted photo)

A Holy Cross sister has been recognized for her work to combat human trafficking.

Sr. Celine Goessl, SCSC, was honored June 18 at the Franciscan Federation Annual Conference in Buffalo, New York.

Honorees were selected based on how they reflect Bonaventure’s role as a Franciscan educator.

An honoree must be a Franciscan who embodies the best teaching tradition, someone who, in the ministry, embodies the values of being incarnational, personal, communal and transformative – someone who succeeds in engaging the heart and developing servant-leaders.

Leadership of the Merrill-based Holy Cross sisters selected Sr. Celine to receive this award based on her work in educating young and old about the dangers and consequences of human trafficking.

She currently resides in De Pere and is involved with the Rose House, a residential program serving survivors of sex trafficking.