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 2017 Cheverus Award Recipients:

Ms. Ana Abascal, Mary Immaculate Residence, Lawrence

Mrs. Patricia Abbett, Saint Mary Parish, Randolph

Mrs. Susan Allen, Saint Brendan Parish, Dorchester

Mr. Henry Allessio, Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Hopkinton

Ms. Marciana Ataarems, Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Chelmsford (African Community)

Mrs. Nancy Baecher, Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Swampscott

Ms. Helen Barry,  Cardinal/Archdiocese of Boston

Deacon Joseph Belmonte,  North Region

Mr. John Blackwell and Our Lady of Grace Parish, Pepperell

Mrs. Ellen Blackwell, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Pepperell

Mr. David Boucher, Corpus Christi Parish, Lawrence (Lithuanian Community)

Mr. Edward Braley and Saint Blaise Parish, Bellingham

Mrs. Patricia Braley, Saint Blaise Parish, Bellingham  

Sister Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, Central Region

Mrs. Patricia Brett, Central Region

Ms. Elizabeth Brosnan, All Saints Parish, Haverhill

Ms. Kathleen Brumby, Saint Paul Parish, Hamilton/Wenham

Sister Natalie Bussiere, SND, Merrimack Region

Mr. John Call, Saint Richard of Chichester Parish, Danvers

Mr. Paul Callahan, Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, Jamaica Plain

Mr. Cristiano Camargo, Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish, Salem/Peabody (Brazilian Community)

Deacon Joseph A. Canova, South Region

Mrs. Joyce Capitao, Saint Pius V Parish, Lynn

Ms. Rose Chirvanian, Saint John the Baptist Parish, Quincy

Ms. Mary Ann Chorlton, Saint Barbara Parish, Woburn

Ms. Tina Clifford, Saint Eulalia Parish, Winchester

Ms. Leslie Coffey, Gate of Heaven Parish, South Boston

Mrs. Nereida Colon, Saint Mary of the Angels Parish, Roxbury

Ms. Laura Conte, Saint Mary Parish, Chelmsford

Ms. Ellen Contreras, Saint Brigid Parish, South Boston

Ms. Barbara Currin, Saint Bridget Parish, Maynard

Ms. Madonna Daffron, Saint John the Baptist Parish, Essex

Mr. Eric D'Agostino, Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Topsfield

Ms. Michele Daly Taylor, Patronage of St. Joseph Parish, Somerville

Miss Patricia D'Amore, Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, East Boston

Mr. Joseph DeAngelis, Saint Barbara Parish, Woburn

Mr. Paul Derrivan, Saint Adelaide Parish, Peabody

Mrs. Maureen Dickey, Saint George Parish, Framingham

Mr. Raymond DiFiore, Corpus Christi Parish, Lawrence (Italian Community)

Mr. Thomas Dodds, Chapel of Hope (Juvenile Corrections), Boston

Mr. Stephen Dodge, Saint Thecla Parish, Pembroke

Deacon Leo J. Donoghue, South Region

Sister Phyllis Doucet, SMSM, West Region

Deacon Raymond E. Doucette, Holy Family Parish, Amesbury

Honorable Maura S. Doyle, Cardinal/Archdiocese of Boston

Mr. Joseph Doyle and Sacred Heart Parish, Weymouth

Mrs. Lee Doyle, Sacred Heart Parish, Weymouth

Mr. Ross Drew, Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Chelmsford

Sister Janet Eisner, SND, Cardinal/Archdiocese of Boston

Ms. Ann Farabaugh, Cardinal/Archdiocese of Boston

Mrs. Roma Fauvel, Sainte Marguerite D'Youville Parish, Dracut

Mr. Salvatore Fazio, Saint Agnes Parish, Middleton

Sister Lori Fleming, SND, Saint Margaret of Scotland Parish, Lowell

Mrs. Kellie Frary, Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, Nahant

Mr. Anthony Galluzzo, Saint Barbara Parish, Woburn

Mr. Richard Gelotti, Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Lynnfield

Mrs. Nancy Genty, Saint Peter Parish, Cambridge

Mr. Michael K. Gillis, Cardinal/Archdiocese of Boston

Mrs. Beatrice Gomez, Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, Lawrence

Mr. Francisco Gomez, Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, Lawrence (Hispanic Community)

Mr. Jose Gonzalez, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Jamaica Plain

Mr. Danilo Apolinario Guedes de Sena, St. Bridget, Maynard

Mrs. Patricia M. Guerriero, Cardinal/Archdiocese of Boston

Mr. Walter Gurry, Holy Ghost Parish, Whitman

Mrs. Gail Hanlon, Saint Peter Parish, Plymouth

Ms.  Patricia Hastry, Saint Jude Parish, Norfolk

Mr. John Hayes, Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish, Salem/Peabody

Mrs. Rita Hohmann, Holy Name Parish, West Roxbury

Mrs. Dianne Horne, Saint Vincent de Paul Parish, South Boston

Mrs. Thérèse Hudson, Saint Anne Parish, Salem

Mrs. Oby Ikoro, Saint James Parish, Stoughton

Mr. Pierre Andre Jean (Fre Jean), Our Lady of Grace Parish, Chelsea (Haitian Community)

Ms. Susan Kay, Cardinal/Archdiocese of Boston

Mr. Edward Kelly, Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Townsend

Mrs. Rosalie Kiernan, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Sharon

Mr. Bill Kisich      Saint, John the Evangelist Parish, Cambridge

Mrs. Marie Kleponis, Saint Agnes Parish, Reading

Deacon Paul Kline, Central Region

Mr. Steven Kuhn, Sacred Heart Parish, Manchester-by-the-Sea

Mr. Alex Kulevich and Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Marblehead

Mrs. Barbara Kulevich, Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Marblehead

Ms. Elizabeth (Betty) Lazdowsky, Cardinal/Archdiocese of Boston

Ms. Diane LeBlanc, Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish, Waltham

Deacon Paul Lewis, South Region

Mrs. Mary Madden, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Plymouth

Mrs. Silvina Madruga, Corpus Christi Parish, Lawrence (Portuguese Community)

Sister Dorothea Masuret, CSJ, South Region

Mrs. Rita McGowan, Saint Joseph Parish, Quincy

Ms. Maryann McLaughlin, Cardinal/Archdiocese of Boston

Mrs.  Claire McManus*, Pastoral Planning Advisory Board Member/Archdiocese of Boston

Mr. Steven McPherson, Saint Florence Parish, Wakefield

Ms. Wendy Mejia, Sacred Hearts Parish, Malden (Spanish Community)

Mr. Clarence (Clay) Morris, Saint Ann Parish, Dorchester

Ms. Diane Morrissette, Saint Rita Parish, Lowell

Mr. Manuel Najarro, Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Everett

Mr. Cuong Van Nguyen, Sacred Hearts Parish, Malden

Mr. Binh Thai Nguyen, Sacred Hearts Parish, Malden (Vietnamese Community)

Mrs. Elaine Nichols, Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Tyngsborough

Mrs. Judith A. Norton, Saint Francis Xavier Parish, Weymouth

Ms. Sandra O'Meara, All Saints Parish, Haverhill

Ms. Elayna O'Neil, Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Revere

Mrs. Wanda T. Osgood, Corpus Christi Parish, Lawrence (Polish Community)

Ms. Joyce Patch, Saint Florence Parish, Wakefield

Mr. Roque Pen͂a, Corpus Christi Parish, Lawrence (Hispanic Community)

Mr. Dam Pham, Saint Bernadette Parish, Randolph

Mrs. Helena Poplasky, Saint Mary Parish, Quincy

Ms. Lee Porcella, Saint Stephen Parish, Boston (North End)

Mr. James Powers, Saint Albert the Great Parish, Weymouth

Mrs. Therese (Terry) L. Quinn, Saint Margaret of Scotland Parish, Lowell

Mrs. Catherine (Cathy) Rais, Saint Malachy Parish, Burlington

Mrs. Imelda Roche , Saint Bonaventure Parish, Manomet

Sister Theresa Ryder, SND, North Region

Ms. Nancy J. Salah, Our Lady of Hope Parish, Ipswich

Miss Mary Sances, Gate of Heaven Parish, South Boston

Mrs. Linda Santry, Saint Ann Parish, West Bridgewater

Mr. Lawrence Schell, Saint Jerome Parish, Weymouth

Ms. Mary Jane Scholz, Most Precious Blood Parish, Dover

Mr. Joseph Seymour, All Saints Parish, Haverhill

Mr. Kevin Shea, North Region

Mr. Christopher Siek, All Saints Parish, Haverhill

Miss Sandra (Sandy) Silva, Saint Mary Star of the Sea Parish, Beverly

Brother Daniel E. Skala, CFX, West Region

Mr. Anthony Sousa, Immaculate Conception Parish, Stoughton

Ms. Kathy Stebbins, Cardinal/Archdiocese of Boston

Mrs. Donna Steinbach, Cardinal/Archdiocese of Boston

Mr. Manuel Subda, Saint Mary Parish, Plymouth

Ms. Mary Ulliani, Saint Barbara Parish, Woburn

Sister Mary Valliere, CJC, South Region

Mr. Jose Villalta, Saint Christopher Parish, Dorchester

Mrs. Sandra Wallace, Saint Mary Parish, Quincy

Ms. Margaret Wilkie, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Newton

Mrs. Janet Wilkinson, Saint Cecilia Parish, Ashland

Ms. Aynsley Wright, Saint Mary Parish, Georgetown - Rowley


* Awarded in 2016, accepting in 2017.


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