Awards to honor social justice and parish leaders

Awards to honor social justice and parish leaders

Photos by Alan M. Dumoff,


Deacon Luis Correra, winner of the Spiritual Outreach and Dedication Award, stands with Father Yvans Jazon on Friday, April 27, at Atlantic City Country Club, where St. Monica Parish, Atlantic City, held its biennial Mother Lewis Dinner. The night remembered the foundress of St. Monica Parish, Emma “Mother” Lewis, who formed community among African-American Catholics in the early part of the 20th century, and recognized honorees Lois Shepperson (Spirit of Mother Lewis); Bernard Reynolds (Lifelong Service to St. Monica); Fritz Jean-Charles (Spiritual Outreach and Dedication); and Rita Mack (Outstanding Community Service).

justiceforall-webCatholic Charities’ Justice For ALL Awards Dinner took place on Wednesday, April 25, at Adelphia Caterers, Blackwood, to recognize individuals for their work in the pursuit of social justice. The honorees included Dr. Thomas A. Cavalieri, (Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio Award for Leadership); Ann M. Budde (Sister Grace Nolan Award for Social Ministry); Deacon William Johnson (Peter J. O’Connor Award for Social Justice); and Joseph Balzano (posthumous, Msgr. Michael Doyle and Msgr. Robert McDermott Award for Parish and Community Ministry). At left, Msgr. Roger McGrath, vicar general, stands with Frank Balzano, who accepted the award for his brother, Joseph.

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