The 2015 Archdiocese of Boston Awards Banquet

On the evening of April 29th, 2015, the Archdiocese of Boston Office for Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support of Youth and Young Adult held it’s annual Awards Banquet celebrating those involved in Middle School and High School youth ministry, Young Adult ministry, CYO Athletics, Scouting and Catholic Schools. The Banquet took place at Lombardos Restaurant, in which Fr. Matt Williams (Director of the Office of .L.F.F.P.S. for Youth and Young Adult) was the Master of Ceremonies and Kathleen P. Mears was the Key note.

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Filipino Apostolate members and award recipients

In total there were 84 award recipients, and many members of our ethnic communities were awarded.  The awards presented last night included the St, Dominic Savio Award, The Discipleship Award, The Cardinal’s Youth Award, The St. Timothy Award, The Pillars of Faith Award, The Light of the World Award, The St.Elizabeth Seton Award, The Companions on the Journey Award, The St. Sebastian Award, the CYO Hall of Fame Award, The Bronze Pelican Award, the St. George Emblem, the Blessed Pier Frassati Award, and teh St. Paul the Apostle Award.

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Fr. Matt Williams, Patricia Canedo Somera and Bishop Uglietto

Patricia Canedo Somera, a member of the Filipino Apostolate, was awarded the St. Dominic Savio Award, “an Archdiocesan award presented to middle school youth ( 6th-8th grade) who witness to the their faith in the Lord Jesus by their commitment to serving the needs of their parish and/or school. Following the example of St. Dominic Savio, these young people live lives informed by Christian values and stand out among their peers and leaders (awards program description).”

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Fr. Matt Williams, Bernard Awatin, and Bishop Uglietto

Bernard Awatin, also a member of the Filipino Apostolate took home the Discipleship Award, ” a Parish and Catholic School Service award presented to high school youth ( 9th-12th grade) who respond to the call to discipleship through their example. These young people incarnate the Gospel message through their dedication to serving others.” (award’s program description)

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Fr. Matt Williams, Gina Muyuela and Bishop Uglietto

Gina Muyuela, another member of the Filipino Community received the Light of the World Award,  “a Parish and Catholic School Service award presented to express appreciation and gratitude to adults who have demonstrated a commitment to serving young people and youth ministry.” (award’s program description)

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Fr. Matt Williams, Debb Pabon and Bishop Uglietto

Debb Pabon, the director of Kujenga-Viongozi Leadership Retreat for the Office of Black Catholic Ministries received the St. Elizabeth Seton Award,  “an Archdiocesan Leadership Award presented to lay people or religious brothers/sisters who exemplify the qualities of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Recipients are adult men and women who show outstanding experiences of faith, selflessness, and service to others, especially the young in a parish or School setting and beyond.” (award’s program description)

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Fr. Matt Williams, Louisa Simeon and Bishop Uglietto

Louisa Semeon from St. Matthew Dorchester took home the Blessed Pier Frassati Young Adult award, ” an Archdiocesan Leadership award given to young adults and those who serve them. These young adults manifest the heroic virtues of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. These individuals demonstrate a deep personal and communal faith that leads to a boldness, depth, charity, and joy that makes them a powerful witness of Christ to others reaching far beyond their parish and school.

It was a beautiful night filled with joy where members of the whole Archdiocese came together to celebrate the  84 award recipients.

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