Sister Andre Burkhart came to St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Meridian in September of 1995. She has been deeply involved in civic work ever since.
One of her best known projects was creating "Way Of The Cross-Way of Peace," a spiritual walk depicting the last days of Christ, on Good Friday of each year.
"And the first year we had 700 people. We've had as many as 2,500 that have walked,” said Burkhart. "One year we walked in the rain and we had 2,000 people."
Now Sister Andre is being transferred at her own request to Cedar Grove, Indiana, only 10 miles from her original home, where her family lives. City officials surprised her at a council meeting Tuesday.
"As most of you know, Sister Andre will be leaving Meridian this summer," said Smith. "She is answering the Lord's call in a different direction to a different part of this country and I have a proclamation to present."
The mayor read a list of her accomplishments, then concluded with the proclamation.
"Now therefore, be it resolved that, I, John Robert Smith, mayor of the city of Meridian and the Meridian City Council, do hereby declare April 4, 2006, as Sister Andre Burkhart day in Meridian and extend to her the affection and gratitude of a community, forever touched by her wisdom, spirituality and care for her fellow human beings," read Smith.