Cheverus Awards

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.



Following are the 2016 Cheverus Award recipients:

Mrs. Mirian Andrade, Madonna Queen Shrine, E. Boston/Cultural Diversity

Mr. José Miguel Arango, Madonna Queen of the Universe Shrine, East Boston

Mrs. Kathleen Asmar, St. Mary of the Nativity Parish, Scituate

Mr. Peter Bailey and Mrs. Patricia Bailey, St. Theresa of Avila Parish, West Roxbury

Mrs. Lucenira Barbosa, St. James Parish, Haverhill

Mrs. Ann  Barden*, St. Theresa of Avila Parish, West Roxbury*

Sister Linda Bessom, SND, North Region

Mr. James Bloise, St. Michael Parish, North Andover

Mr. Gilberto Boçaneli, St. Anthony Parish, Allston/Cultural Diversity

Ms. Pat Bottary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Roxbury

Mrs. Helen Boucher, St. Thomas the Apostle, Millis

Sister Marie-Thérèse “Tess” Brown, SCN, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Roxbury

Mr. John Ciampi, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Cambridge

Mr. Albert L. Conley, St. Joseph Parish, Holbrook

Ms. Lucy Corchado, Immaculate Conception Parish, Salem

Deacon Charles A. Cornell, West Region

Mrs. Marilyn Costa, St. John the Baptist Parish, Salem

Brother James Crowley, OSB, South Region

Mr. Brian Curtin, St. Margaret Parish, Burlington

Mr. Gerald Curtis, Archdiocese of Boston

Mr. Edward H. D'Alelio, St. Ann by the Sea Parish, Marshfield

Mr. Lucien Dalpe, Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Tyngsborough

Mr. Michael De Pascale and Mrs. Maria De Pascale, St. Joseph Parish, Medford

Ms. Lee DeLuca, St. Anne Parish, Littleton

Ms. Rita Di Gesse, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Allston

Mr. Bernard J. Donahoe, St. Gerard Majella Parish, Canton

Mr. Leo M. Dowling, St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Dorchester

Mr. Paul Doyle, Immaculate Conception Parish, Weymouth

Ms.Catherine Evans, St. John the Evangelist Parish, East Bridgewater

Mr. John Flaherty and Mrs. Maureen Flaherty, St. Camillus, Arlington

Mrs. Mary Forrester McColough, Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Marshfield

Mr. John ('Jack') Frates, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Beverly

Ms. Isabella Fusco, Corpus Christi Parish, Lawrence

Ms. Carol Ghiloni, St. Clement Parish, Medford/Somerville

Mr. Alan Giangregorio, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Winthrop

Mr. Charles Giordano, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Canton

Ms. Georgia Grace, St. Angela Merici Parish, Mattapan

Mrs. Mary Gralton, St. Ann Parish, Quincy

Ms. Gladys Griffin, St. Brendan, Bellingham

Mr. Daniel Guerrios, Holy Family Parish, Dorchester

Ms. Rose D. Gilles, St. Matthew Parish, Dorchester

Brother Sam Gunn, BH, Central Region

Ms. Anne Hackett, St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish, Melrose

Ms. Margaret Heanue, Saints Martha and Mary Parish, Lakeville

Deacon Martin Henry, South Region

Ms. Marie Hill, St. Brigid Parish, Lexington

Mrs. Susan Horne, Archdiocese of Boston

Mrs. Dolores Hufnagel, St. Pius X Parish, Readville

Mr. Jay Ippolito, Archdiocese of Boston

Ms. Shirley Jannetti, St. Lucy Parish, Methuen

Brother Damian J. Johnson, OFM/IC, West Region

Mr. Arthur Joseph, St. Helen Parish, Norwell

Mr. Philip Keating, St. John Chrysostom Parish, West Roxbury

Mr. William King, St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Charlestown

Mr. Edward (Eddie) LaBatte, Holy Family Parish, Amesbury

Ms. Catherine Lavigne, St. Francis de Sales Parish, Charlestown

Deacon Vincent J. Leo, Central Region

Mr. Stanley F. Lewicki, Jr., St. Martha, Plainville

Mr. Ernest Linek, Archdiocese of Boston

Mrs. Barbara Logan, Holy Trinity Parish, Quincy

Mr. Asbel Lopez, Immaculate Conception Parish, Everett

Mr. Jerzy Markiewicz, St. Stanislaus Parish, Chelsea

Abbess Clare Frances McAvoy, OSC, Central Region

Mrs. Doreen McDonnell, St. Mary of the Assumption-St. Ann, Hull

Ms. Mary M. McIver, Sacred Heart Parish, Lexington

Mrs. Claire McManus, Archdiocese of Boston

Mr. Michael McShane, Archdiocese of Boston

Mr. Balbino Mendez, Immaculate Conception, Revere/Cultural Diversity

Mrs. Margarita Mercede, St. John the Baptist, Peabody/Cultural Diversity

Mr. John (Jack) Miniter, Our Lady of Hope Parish, Ipswich

Mr. Michael Monte, Good Shepherd Parish, Wayland

Mr. Sergio Monteiro, St. Peter Parish, Dorchester

Mrs. Virginia Moore, Sacred Heart Parish, Quincy

Mrs. Marianela Morales, St. Patrick Parish, Brockton

Miss Bridget  ('Della') Moran, Sacred Heart Parish, Lynn

Mr. Tom Morrissey, Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, Brookline

Ms. Carmel Moynihan, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Waltham

Mr. Edward Nazzaro, Jr., Immaculate Conception Parish, Revere

Mr. Kha Nguyen, Saint Patrick Parish, Lowell

Mr. Phuong Nguyen, St. James Parish, Haverhill/Cultural Diversity

Mrs. Ramona Novoa, Saint Patrick Parish, Roxbury

Ms. Valdilene Paulino dos Santos, Holy Family Parish, Rockland/Cultural Diversity

Ms. Philomène Pean, Immaculate Conception, Everett/Cultural Diversity

Brother Patrick Pennell, CFX, North Region

Mr. John Pereira, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Peabody

Mr. Francesco Piatti, S. Paul Parish, Cambridge

Ms. Serna Postar, St. Francis Chapel, Boston

Mr. Rod Powell, St. Cecilia Parish, Boston

Mrs. Teresa Prochorski, St. James Parish, Salem/Cultural Diversity

Mr. Mark Pykett, Archdiocese of Boston

Mrs. Kathy Reilly, St. Bartholomew Parish, Needham

Mr. Robert Russell and Mrs. Kathleen Russell, St. Christine Parish, Marshfield

Ms. Maureen Saldarini, St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish, Chestnut Hill

Mr. William Sebet, St. Dennis Parish, Westwood

Mrs. Marie Shattuck, Star of the Sea Parish, Salisbury

Mr. John Stueve, St. John the Baptist Parish, Peabody

Mr. Patrick Sweeney, St. Mary Parish, Lynn

Ms. Lucy Quiles Torrejon, Sacred Heart Parish, Roslindale

Ms. Lorraine Tower, St. Mary of the Hills Parish, Milton

Ms. Jacqueline I. Townes, St. Katharine Drexel, Dorchester/Cultural Diversity

Sister Lucille Van Hoogmoed, PDDM, South Region

Mrs. Denise Van Veen, Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish, Westford

Deacon Julio Cesar Vargas, Sacred Heart Parish, Lawrence/Cultural Diversity

Ms. Rosemary Waldron, Immaculate Conception Parish, Malden

Deacon Raymond C. Wellbank, North Region

Ms. Suzanne Whitehead, St. Rose of Lima/Sacred Heart, Middleborough

Mrs. Agnes Zanella, St. Tarcisius Parish, Framingham

Mr. Steven Zolud, St. Joseph Parish, Wakefield


*Posthumously Awarded