Honoring Caritas Award Winner Corrine Iron Shield-Many Horses

L to R: Bishop Kagan, Corrine Iron Shield-Many Horses, and CCND Director Dianne Nechiporenko

On May 14, 2019 Corrine Iron Shield-Many Horses received the Catholic Charities North Dakota Caritas Award at Spirit of Life Church in Mandan for her work with the People of Standing Rock.

Corrine Iron Shield-Many Horses from Fort Yates, ND has worked in local schools as a social worker. However, her service and love of humanity goes far beyond her job. In her own words, “All but for the grace of God and the companionship of my wonderful husband Kenny Many Horses, I have been given the opportunity to serve and be a blessing to the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.”

With a heart for helping others Corrine has provided meals, food, rides, clothing, household items, and gasoline to various families. She has even opened her home to strangers for a warm place to sleep, paid for hotel rooms, and covered fines, fees and bonds for those in dire need. In addition, Corrine has generously paid for children’s prescription eyeglasses and purchased bus tickets for people to get home. Her inspiration is reflected in Sacred Scripture where the Lord promised his followers, “‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’” (Matthew 25:40).

May we all be inspired by Corrine’s work and example to do what we can for those around us, and to find inspiration in her words, “I will continue to help others as long as the Lord and my husband permit me to!”

The Caritas Award is given annually to persons or organizations in recognition of outstanding service and love for humanity. The purpose of the Caritas Award is to recognize the individual or organization who has, by example and deed, served persons in need and advocated for justice and convened other persons of good will to do the same in a manner consistent with Catholic Social Teachings.