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.


2015 Recipients  – November 29, 2015

Following are the 2015 Cheverus Award recipients:

Mrs. Nancy Ambroise, Christ the King, Brockton

Mr. Angelo S. Amico, Sr., Saint Athanasius, Reading

Mr. Estavo Barbosa, Cultural Diversity /St. Patrick, Roxbury

Mrs. Gabriella Barbosa, Cultural Diversity/St. Patrick, Roxbury 

Mrs. Amy Barrett, Saint Mary of the Sacred Heart, Hanover

Mr. Joseph Beard, Saint Pius X, Milton

Ms. Constance Bielawski, Our Lady of Czestochowa, South Boston

Mr. Dana Boardman, Saint Edith Stein, Brockton

Mr. Paul Boback, Saint Thomas More, Braintree

Mrs. Laura Boudreau, Most Precious Blood, Dover

Sister Paula Bradley, Merrimack Region/D'Youville Life & Wellness Comm., Lowell

Mr. Peter Brunelli, Saint Mary, Franklin

Mr. Charles David Burt, Congregation of St. Athanasius, Brookline

Ms. Marina A. Caesar, Cultural Diversity/St. Matthew, Dorchester Center

Mr. Vincent Cammarata, Saint Mary of the Assumption, Revere

Mrs. Deborah Casey, Saint Thomas of Villanova, Wilmington

Brother Donald Champagne, SDV, South Region

Mrs. Doris Champagne, Saint Anthony of Padua, Shirley

Ms. Maureen Connell, Corpus Christi-Saint Bernard, Newton

Mrs. Joan Connors, Saint Agnes, Arlington

Mr. Devin Corbett, Saint Joseph, Malden

Deacon Paul D. Coughlin, Archdiocese of Boston

Ms. Claire Couillard, Immaculate Conception, Lowell

Mrs. Elaine Coyne, Saint Anthony, Cohasset

Ms. Kate Crohan, Saint Agnes, Arlington

Mrs. Lisa Crowley, Saint Michael, Lowell

Brother Thomas J. Cruise, OMI, Merrimack Region - Andre Garin Res., Lowell

Mrs. Mia DeMeis, Saint Joseph, Needham

Mr. Victor A. DiFranco, Saint Catherine of Genoa, Somerville

Mr. Joseph Doherty, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Billerica

Mrs. Barbara Doherty, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Billerica

Mrs. Joan Donahue, Saint Elizabeth, Milton

Mr. Paul Ducharme, Holy Family, Lowell

Mrs. Cathy Duford, Our Lady of Lourdes, Brockton

Ms. Milly Esdale, Most Precious Blood, Hyde Park

Ms. Mary Ann Fittro, Holy Family, Gloucester

Mr. Richard A. Flaherty, Saint John Seminary, Brighton

Mrs. Ruth Ford, Incarnation Parish, Melrose

Mr. Auguste H.  Fortin, Saint John the Evangelist, Townsend

Mrs. Louise Fortin, Saint John the Evangelist, Townsend 

Ms. Janet Tambascio Fraher, Saint Columbkille, Brighton

Mr. Robert Griffin, Saint Linus, Natick

Mr. Luke Griffin, Saint Paul, Wellesley

Deacon Patrick Guerrini, Archdiocese of Boston

Mr. Paul J. Hagerty, Saint Bridget, Abington

Ms. Judith Haglof, Archdiocese of Boston

Sister Josephine Harty, OSF, North Region

Ms. Joyce Harvey, Cultural Diversity/St. Mary of the Angels, Roxbury

Mr. Murray Heald, Saint Mary, Ayer

Mrs. Sally Healy, Saint Francis of Assisi, Braintree

Ms. Barbara Henault, Saint Basil's Chapel- The Catholic Center, Bridgewater 

Mr. Vidal Hernandez, Saint Mary, Waltham

Deacon Geoffrey W. Higgins, Good Shepherd, Wayland

Ms. Maryann Higgins, Saint Luke, Belmont

Mrs. Martha Huong Bach Nguyen, Cultural Diversity/Saint Ambrose, Dorchester

Mr. Peter Huybers, Saint Mary of the Annunciation, Cambridge

Ms. Suzette Jeannot, Saint Francis of Assisi, Medford

Mrs. Carmen Jimenez, DRE, Saint Joseph, Lynn

Mr. Patrick Kaba, Cultural Diversity /Saint John the Evangelist, Winthrop

Mrs. Priscilla Keough, Saint Paul, Hingham

Mrs. Beverly Kolek, Saint William, Tewksbury

Mr. Robert LaFleur, Saint Mary of the Annunciation, Danvers

Mr. Richard Landrigan, Esquire, Our Lady of Fatima, Sudbury

 Mr. Gioan Liem Thanh Nguyen, Cultural Diversity/Saint Rose of Lima, Chelsea

Mrs. Rosa Lopez, Saint Patrick, Lawrence

Ms. Kathryn LoPilato, Most Holy Redeemer, East Boston

Brother ThomasLydon, CFX, North Region

Mr. Robert Lynch, Cultural Diversity/St. Patrick, Roxbury

Mrs. Janique Lynch, Cultural Diversity/St. Patrick, Roxbury 

Ms. Elizabeth Manning, Holy Rosary Parish, Winthrop

Deacon ThomasMarchant, North Region

Sister Irene Martineau, SASV Immaculate Conception, Lowell

Mr. Barry Masho, Saint Clement Shrine, Boston

Ms. Irene Mburu, Cultural Diversity/Sacred Heart, Quincy

Mr. Kenneth McCarthy, Holy Family, Duxbury

Miss Dorothy McDonnell, Sacred Heart, Watertown

Mr. James McGovern, Saint Maria Goretti, Lynnfield

Ms. Anne McGuire, Saint Timothy, Norwood

Ms. Donna McIntyre, Holy Family, Lynn

Sister Gwen McMahon, SCN, South Region

Ms. Rose M. McMullin, Saint Mark, Dorchester

Mr. Kevin Mossman, Saint Joseph the Worker, Hanson

Mr. Michael Mukisa, Cultural Diversity/Saint Mary's, Waltham

Mr. George O'Brien, Saint Clare, Braintree

Mrs. Beatrice O'Hara, Saint Mary, Foxborough

Mr. Robert D. O'Keefe*, Saint Anthony Shrine, Boston

Deacon Cyril O'Neil, Saint Patrick, Stoneham

Mrs. Carolyn O'Neil, Saint Patrick, Stoneham 

Mr. Pasquale Passi, Chapel of the Holy Spirit/Juvenile Corrections

Ms. Fabiola Perry, Saint John the Evangelist, Wellesley

Mr. Raymond Perry, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Bridgewater

Mrs. Marie Perry, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Bridgewater 

Brother James Peterson, OFM, Central Region

Ms. Marie Suze Pierre, Cultural Diversity/Saint Angela Merici,  Mattapan

Sister Jeanne Poor, SGM, West Region

Mrs. Cynthia J. Quinn, Holy Redeemer, Merrimac/West Newbury

Ms. Fausta F. Reyes, Saint Ambrose, Dorchester

Mr. Michael Rourke, Saint Patrick, Natick

Sister Nieves Salinas, PDDM, Central Region

Miss Marie Salter, All Saints, Haverhill

Mr. Luis Santiago, Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston

Mr. John Saunders, Saint Julia, Weston

Mr. Paul F. Sharrock, Saint Monica, Methuen

Mr. Rosario Shaw, Saint Michael, Avon

Mr. Ralph Sherwood, Saint Theresa of Lisieux, North Reading

Mrs. Jean Shifflett, St. Monica-St. Augustine, South Boston

Mr. Alvin Shiggs, Cultural Diversity/St. Mary of the Angels, Roxbury

Ms. Lucy Shum Sin, Saint James the Greater, Boston

Mrs. Maria C. Vincent, Saint Anthony, Cambridge

Maria L. Sousa, Saint Anthony, Cambridge

Mr. James Spinale, Saint Ann, Somerville

Mrs. Lucille Spinale, Saint Ann, Somerville 

Deacon Stanley A. Straub, Central Region

Mr. Stephen J. Strug, Our Lady of the Lake, Monponsett

Deacon John A. Sullivan, South Region

Mr. William Sullivan, Saint Robert Bellarmine, Andover

Ms. Rose E. Tacelli, Saint Joseph-Saint Lazarus, East Boston

Mr. Felipe Teo, Immaculate Conception, Marlborough

Ms. Barbara Thorp, Archdiocese of Boston

Mr. David Toole, The Paulist Center, Boston

Mrs. Maureen Trainor, Sacred Hearts, Haverhill

Sister Ann Susan Villa, SCN, Saint Anne, Readville

Mr. William Wallace, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Methuen

Mr. Archie Walsh, Resurrection Parish, Hingham

Mrs. Elizabeth Walsh, Saint Ann, Peabody

Mr. James Walsh, Archdiocese of Boston

Ms. Geraldine Welch, Saint Michael, Bedford

Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, Archdiocese of Boston

Brother Thomas Zoppo, FSC, Pastoral Center


*Awarded in 2014, accepting in 2015