It is that time of the year again when Catholic Extension invites all dioceses to nominate an individual or group for the Lumen Christi Award (from Latin: “Light of Christ”). This annual award is presented to a person or persons who have demonstrated how the power of our Catholic faith can transform lives and communities and who share the light of Christ with their diocese and community. Since 1978 Catholic Extension has been honoring faithful servants with the Lumen Christi Award. This year Catholic Extension will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its Lumen Christi Award.
As a recipient of Catholic Extension grants, the Archdiocese of Agaña invites all members of the Catholic community to submit nominations for the Catholic Extension 2017 Lumen Christi Award. A nomination form may be downloaded from the AOA website (www.aganarch.org). The nomination calls for a brief description of the nominee’s service to the community, a photo, a letter of recommendation and a one-minute video describing their service and ministry. Pale’ Mike Crisostomo, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Toto was the Archdiocese’s nominee for the 2016 Lumen Christi Award, Kevin AN Delgado of Santa Teresita Parish, Mangilao was the nominee in 2015. Delgado, a long time youth minister was privileged to be selected as one of the 10 finalists among other dioceses in 2015. He received $10,000 from Catholic Extension to support the vibrant youth ministry at Santa Teresita. The Archdiocese’s 2014 nominee was Sr. Brigid Perez, RSM who received $1,000 and donated it to Catholic Social Service – Alee Shelter. In previous years Deacon Frank Tenorio was also nominated.
What kind of candidate would be a great nominee for the Lumen Christi Award?
The mission of Catholic Extension is based on growing and strengthening the Catholic faith by investing in people, ministries, and infrastructure throughout the United States and its territories. A great nominee for the Lumen Christi Award is a person according to Catholic Extension “who is devoted to serving the poor and fostering Catholic communities that build faith, inspire hope, and ignite change.” For more information visit the Catholic Extension’s website at https://www.catholicextension.org/. The Lumen Christi Award recipient receives a $50,000 grant, with the honoree and nominating diocese each receiving $25,000 to enhance a specific area of his or her ministry. Prior to awarding the grant, Catholic Extension will discuss and agree upon the use of the grant with both the recipient and the recipient’s diocese.
By submitting a nomination, it will be a joy to recognize and celebrate the individual or group of individuals who have committed their energies, gifts and talents to build faith, inspire hope and ignite change in our local community. Our diocese’s nominee will automatically receive $1,000 in support of his or her ministry. If the nominee is selected as a finalist, the nominee will receive an additional $10,000 grant award. The deadline to submit nominations is 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Chancery Office. For more info., please contact either John Joseph Bautista or Tricia Tenorio at 562-0075.