In the bicentennial year of the Archdiocese of Boston (2008), Cardinal Séan O’Malley instituted the Cheverus Award medals. These medals are now conferred upon selected recipients from throughout the Archdiocese annually at the Cathedral on or around the Solemnity of Christ the King.
The oval-shaped, silver medal bears the image of Bishop Jean-Louis Anne Magdelaine Lefebvre de Cheverus. On the reverse side is Bishop Cheverus’ coat of arms and episcopal motto “diligamus nos invicem” (let us love one another).
Bishop Cheverus was the founding Bishop of Boston and led the diocese from 1808 until his return to France in 1824. He died in 1836 as the archbishop of Bordeaux.
The medal recipients -- who include laypeople, religious and deacons -- are chosen for their service to the Church and God’s people. Most recipients are nominated by their pastor, forwarded by their area vicar and approved by their regional bishop and Cardinal O’Malley. Some recipients are personally selected by Cardinal O’Malley.
Each year, one third of the parishes of the archdiocese are asked to nominate a parishioner, therefore most parishes will have one honoree every three years. The criteria given to pastors is that the nominee should be a lay person who has served the parish well over an extended period of time and has done so in a quiet, unassuming and, perhaps, unrecognized fashion.
The Regional Bishops each year are asked to nominate from their respective regions a religious and a deacon of similar qualifications to be honored with the Cheverus medal. The Central Ministries of the Archdiocese also make nominations from among religious, deacons and lay persons who serve on Archdiocesan committees or lead important ministries.
There is no limit to the number of family members and friends who join the honoree at the Cathedral. The presence of the pastor and a delegation of parishioners is warmly encouraged to help underline the appreciation and gratitude of the parish towards the honoree.
For a list of the 2016 Cheverus Awards recipients or recipients from previous years, click here
There is affordable parking ($10.00 flat fee/cash only) approximately one block from the Cathedral: two large lots on Harrison Avenue and two on Albany Street. Please see map on reverse side for locations.
Please plan to arrive no later than 2:30PM. There will be four hospitality tables in the vestibule of the Cathedral. These tables will be designated according to the first letter of your last name. There will be a nametag for each recipient which will also include a “Group” assignment. The nametags and “Group” assignments will be used in presenting the awards, so please remember to stop by the hospitality tables and to wear your nametag.
Please note that the awards will be given out during an Evening Prayer Service. Kindly note that this is not a Mass. The Evening Prayer service should last approximately 90 minutes.
Seating and Guests:
You are welcome to invite as many guests and family members as you would like. There will be open seating which will allow you to sit with your guests. Award recipients should sit at the end of the pew if possible. If you or your guests have any physical limitations, please tell us when you RSVP and we will make special accommodations.
The Cheverus Awards will be presented following the homily. Recipients will be asked to line up in the center aisle in single file when their group is called.
A professional photographer will be present to take a picture of the Cardinal presenting the award to each individual award recipient. You will receive a copy of this photo in the mail following the celebration. (We kindly ask all other photographers to remain seated for the awards presentation.)
Immediately following the ceremony a reception will be held in Cathedral High School gymnasium (located across the street from the Cathedral) for you and your guests. Light refreshments will be served. There is limited capacity, so kindly call 617-782-2544 with the number of guests who will be attending.