Bishop James Healy Award Dinner

The 19’th annual Bishop James A. Healy Award Dinner was held on Saturday, November 3, at the Lantana in Randolph.  During the evening, Cardinal Sean O’Malley presented the Bishop James Augustine Healy award to Mr. Anthony Owens, a parishioner of St. Mary of the Angels Parish in Roxbury and Clerk Magistrate of the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court.

Healy Award Recipient

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM, Cap. presents the 2012 Bishop James Healy Award to Mr. Anthony Owens.

Bishop James Augustine Healy was the first African American Roman Catholic Bishop in the United States, the second Bishop of Portland, Maine, and a priest of the then “Boston Diocese.”

Bishop James Augustine Healy

Bishop James Augustine Healy

Each year the award is presented in his honor to recognize a person who has demonstrated strong personal faith and effective leadership within the Black Catholic community.

Beth Chambers, a parishioner of Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury who was recently named the Director of Catholic Charities South was presented the Robert Leo Ruffin Award.



Bishop Leo Ruffin Award

Cardinal Sean presents the Robert Leo Ruffin Award to Mrs. Beth Chambers

Robert Leo Ruffin was a primary supporter of the first National Black Catholic Congress, held in Washington DC in 1889. He worked to unify delegates on issues such as Black Catholic education and discrimination. This award is presented to an individual who fosters educational opportunities, demonstrates strong faith and compassion, and whose life reflects an active concern for the unity of the Church.

The Archdiocese of Boston Black catholic Choir, known for their energetic and soul filled gospel sound, delighted everyone with three song selections during the evening.

Professor Maria Hylton, from Boston University School of Law, shared her experiences of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, who were founded by Mother Mary Lange, in Baltimore.  Mother Mary Lange and the order she founded exemplify the evening’s theme, “ Be Doers of the Word, Not Hearers Only.”


Maria Hylton

Maria Hylton, our Guest Speaker


To Read more about the Bishop Healy Award Dinner, go to….

Office for Black Catholics presents 2012 Bishop Healy Award

Parish Youth and Youth Ministers Attend 19’Th Annual Bishop Healy Award:

Cardinal Sean’s Blog:

More pictures from the event…





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