Nominations due May 1 for Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award

MARQUETTE – The Catholic Diocese of Marquette is seeking nominations for the Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award. The award was developed to create awareness of those who show exemplary leadership and commitment to carrying out the mission of the Catholic Church in word and action. It recognizes lifetime dedication and service to the Catholic Church.

Nominees must have significant demonstrated leadership and service to the Catholic Church, their community, and beyond. The award may be given to a man or a woman, for example, a priest, deacon, woman religious or lay person.

While anyone may submit nominations, parish pastoral and finance councils, in consultation with the pastor, are especially encouraged to consider nominating someone from their respective parish.

For additional information on the Catholic Service Award criteria and a nomination form, visit or contact diocesan development director Terri Gadzinski at (906) 227-9108 or email: The nomination deadline is May 1.

Last year’s nominees will automatically be considered for the 2014 Catholic Service Award. It is not necessary to complete a new nomination form, but additional information for a past nominee can be submitted.

Award recipients will be honored at their parish during the summer of 2014 with an engraved medallion from the bishop as a token of gratitude, and their parish will receive a $250 Legacy of Faith grant for parish faith formation. Recipients will be further recognized at the Bishop’s Ambassadors Dinner in October, and their exemplary service will be highlighted in The U.P. Catholic newspaper. Last year the award was given to Josie Benoit of St. Joseph Parish in Sault Ste. Marie and a posthumous award was given in honor of the late Lawrence Chouinard Sr. of Holy Family Parish in Gladstone.