Cardinal bestows Cheverus Awards on members of Ethnic Communities

Each year, Cardinal Seán O’Malley recognizes the contributions of dozens of laypeople, religious, and deacons in the Archdiocese of Boston with the awarding of the Cheverus medals. These individuals and couples are recommended by their pastors (or in the case of religious and deacons, their regional bishop) for their decades of selfless service to the Church, work that has often gone unrecognized to most others before now and performed in hidden ways. This year, our office was given special permission to also recommend a few award winners

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.

Cheverus award

There is no limit to the number of family members and friends who can join the honoree at the cathedral. The presence of the pastor and a delegation of parishioners is encouraged to help underline the appreciation and gratitude of the parish towards the honoree.
This year the Cathedral was packed.

Packed Cathedral

Packed Cathedral

Below are some pictures of those in our ethnic communities who were honored this year.

Alvaro Soares of Holy Family church in Lowell and the Brazilian Community

 

Alvaro Soares receiving the Cheverus Award from Cardinal Sean

Alvaro Soares receiving the Cheverus Award from Cardinal Sean

 

Alvaro Soares and his family

Alvaro Soares and his family

Alvaro Soares with Family and Friends

Alvaro Soares with Family and Friends

 

Peter and Laura Chan of St. James Church and the Chinese Community

Peter and Laura Chan receive the Cheverus award from Cardinal Sean

Peter and Laura Chan receive the Cheverus award from Cardinal Sean

Peter and Laura seated in the Cathedral

Peter and Laura seated in the Cathedral

 

Peter and Laura Chan with friends

Peter and Laura Chan with friends

 

Joyce Durst of St. Angela parish in Mattapan and the African American community

 

Joyce Durst receives the Cheverus Award from Cardinal Sean

Joyce Durst receives the Cheverus Award from Cardinal Sean

 

Joyce in the Cathedral

Joyce in the Cathedral

 

Joyce Durst and some friends

Joyce Durst and some friends

Bernadette Obas of St. Angela parish in Mattapan and the Haitian Community

 

Bernadette Obas receiving the Cheverus Award from Cardinal Sean

Bernadette Obas receiving the Cheverus Award from Cardinal Sean

 

Bernadette in the Cathedral

Bernadette in the Cathedral

 

Bernadette Obas and her grandson

Bernadette Obas and her grandson

 

Herondina Ferreira of St. Anthony’s parish in Allston and the Brazilian Community

Herondina Ferreira receives the Cheverus award from Cardinal Sean

Herondina Ferreira receives the Cheverus award from Cardinal Sean

 

Herondina with Fr. Eduardo and friends in the pews of the Cathedral

Herondina with Fr. Eduardo and friends in the pews of the Cathedral

 

Herondina with Fr. Eduardo Marques and Fr. Michael Harrington

Herondina with Fr. Eduardo Marques and Fr. Michael Harrington

 

Herondina and friends

Herondina and friends

Phong Pham of St. Patrick parish in Lawrence and the Vietnamese community

 

Phong Pham receives the Cheverus award from Cardinal Sean

Phong Pham receives the Cheverus award from Cardinal Sean

 

Phong Pham and his family

Phong Pham and his family

 

Olga de Los Santos of Most Holy Redeemer parish and the Hispanic Community

Olga De Los Santos receives the Cheverus award from Cardinal Sean

Olga De Los Santos receives the Cheverus award from Cardinal Sean

 

Olga De Los Santos

Olga De Los Santos

 

Meynardo Gutierrez of the Filipino Community, Peter Nguyen of St. Rose of Lima in Chelsea and the Vietnamese Community, Eveline Lima of Immaculate Conception in Marlborough and the Brazilian Community and Aloysius Lugira of St. Mary’s in Waltham and the Ugandan Community also were honored with the Cheverus award but could not be at the November ceremony. These individuals will receive their award at later dates and will be featured on our website as they receive the award.

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