November 30, 2016 - Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley to Present 2016 Cheverus Awards To 113 Recipients



Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley will present 113 Cheverus Award Medals to laypersons, deacons and religious during a 3 p.m. Vespers service on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston's South End. 

CatholicTV will broadcast the service live.  Photos from the event will be available at bostoncatholicphotos.comThe Pilot will have complete coverage of the celebration on December 9th.

First presented in 2008, the annual award recognizes Catholics for their dedicated service to the Church. The medal is named for the archdiocese's first bishop, Jean-Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus, who led the diocese from 1808 until his return to France in 1824. Bishop Cheverus died in 1836 as the Archbishop of Bordeaux.

The oval-shaped medal is made of sterling silver and bears a likeness of Bishop Cheverus based on the Gilbert Stuart portrait. On the reverse side is Bishop Cheverus' coat of arms.

The medal recipients 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. 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.

Also, each of the regional bishops is asked to nominate a religious and a deacon from his region with similar qualifications. 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.

Friends and family members of the honorees are welcome to attend the service at the cathedral. The presence of the pastor and a delegation of parishioners is also encouraged to help underscore the parish's appreciation for the service of the honoree.


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

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

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

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

5.     Mrs. Lucenira Barbosa, St. James Parish, Haverhill

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

7.     Sister Linda Bessom, SND, North Region

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15.   Ms. Lucy Corchado, Immaculate Conception Parish, Salem

16.   Deacon Charles A. Cornell, West Region

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

18.   Brother James Crowley, OSB, South Region

19.   Mr. Brian Curtin, St. Margaret Parish, Burlington

20.   Mr. Gerald Curtis, Archdiocese of Boston

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

22.   Mr. Lucien Dalpe, Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Tyngsborough

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

24.   Ms. Linda DeCristoforo, Archdiocese of Boston/Our Lady of Grace Parish

25.   Ms. Lee DeLuca, St. Anne Parish, Littleton

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

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

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

29.   Mr. Paul Doyle, Immaculate Conception Parish, Weymouth

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

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

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

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

34.   Ms. Isabella Fusco, Corpus Christi Parish, Lawrence

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

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

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

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

39.   Mrs. Mary Gralton, St. Ann Parish, Quincy

40.   Ms. Gladys Griffin, St. Brendan, Bellingham

41.   Mr. Daniel Guerrios, Holy Family Parish, Dorchester

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

43.   Brother Sam Gunn, BH, Central Region

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

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

46.   Deacon Martin Henry, South Region

47.   Ms. Marie Hill, St. Brigid Parish, Lexington

48.   Mrs. Susan Horne, Archdiocese of Boston

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

50.   Mr. Jay Ippolito, Archdiocese of Boston

51.   Ms. Shirley Jannetti, St. Lucy Parish, Methuen

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

53.   Mr. Arthur Joseph, St. Helen Parish, Norwell

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

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

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

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

58.   Deacon Vincent J. Leo, Central Region

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

60.   Mr. Ernest Linek, Archdiocese of Boston

61.   Mrs. Barbara Logan, Holy Trinity Parish, Quincy

62.   Mr. Asbel Lopez, Immaculate Conception Parish, Everett

63.   Mr. Jerzy Markiewicz, St. Stanislaus Parish, Chelsea

64.   Abbess Clare Frances McAvoy, OSC, Central Region

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

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

67.   Mrs. Claire McManus, Archdiocese of Boston

68.   Mr. Michael McShane, Archdiocese of Boston

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

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

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

72.   Mr. Michael Monte, Good Shepherd Parish, Wayland

73.   Mr. Sergio Monteiro, St. Peter Parish, Dorchester

74.   Mrs. Virginia Moore, Sacred Heart Parish, Quincy

75.   Mrs. Marianela Morales, St. Patrick Parish, Brockton

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

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

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

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

80.   Mr. Kha  Nguyen, Saint Patrick Parish, Lowell

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

82.   Mrs. Ramona Novoa, Saint Patrick Parish, Roxbury

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

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

85.   Brother Patrick Pennell, CFX, North Region

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

87.   Mr. Francesco Piatti, S. Paul Parish, Cambridge

88.   Ms. Serna Postar, St. Francis Chapel, Boston

89.   Mr. Rod Powell, St. Cecilia Parish, Boston

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

91.   Mr. Mark Pykett, Archdiocese of Boston

92.   Mrs. Kathy Reilly, St. Bartholomew Parish, Needham

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

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

95.   Mr. William Sebet, St. Dennis Parish, Westwood

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

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

98.   Mr. Patrick Sweeney, St. Mary Parish, Lynn

99.   Ms. Lucy Quiles Torrejon, Sacred Heart Parish, Roslindale

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

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

102. Sister Lucille Van Hoogmoed, PDDM, South Region

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

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

105. Ms. Rosemary Waldron, Immaculate Conception Parish, Malden

106. Deacon Raymond C. Wellbank, North Region

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

108. Mrs. Agnes Zanella, St. Tarcisius Parish, Framingham

109. Mr. Steven Zolud, St. Joseph Parish, Wakefield


*Posthumously Awarded

**Two award recipients