Finalists Announced for the 2016 Lumen Christi Award
Finalists have been announced for the Lumen Christi Award, the highest national honor given out by Catholic Extension, an organization that builds churches and the Church in America’s home missions.
“Our Lumen Christi finalists truly understand the profound connection between the corporal works of mercy and the caring of the soul,” said Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension. “They are an example to all of us.”
Finalists for this year's award include:
- Father Edward Brienz (Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio) provides job training to troubled youth at Café Augustine, transforming a community with a 38 percent unemployment rate.
- Father William Davis, OMI (Diocese of Laredo, Texas), at age 85, continues to be pastor of one of the state’s poorest parishes building up a vibrant community of faith.
- Deacon Jesús Herrera (Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico), the administrator of three small mission churches, has created a home visit program to broaden the reach of his parish.
- Jesuits of the Kino Border Initiative (Diocese of Tucson, Arizona) provide outreach to refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border, offering pastoral support and uplifting their dignity.
- Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, MD (Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee) runs a mobile clinic providing free, primary healthcare to the uninsured poor — evangelizing through healthcare.
- Melva Arbelo-Mangual (Diocese of Arecibo, Puerto Rico) directs a temporary shelter for abused and neglected children which faces increasing financial hardships as a result of the debt crisis.
- Jesús Mariscal (Diocese of Yakima, Washington) is a seminarian who coordinates a unique migrant ministry program to bring the presence of the Church to migrants in the orchards.