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The Light of Christ award is presented annually to lay individuals throughout the Diocese of Fort Worth who exemplify the light of Christ through lives of Christian Stewardship. Each parish recognizes one lay person or couple who live out their baptismal call in an extraordinary way through stewardship and leadership.
Congratulations to our 2023 Light of Christ honorees!
You are the light of the world… your light must shine in the sight of all, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.(Matthew 5:14-16)
Honorees live out the four pillars of stewardship – prayer, hospitality, formation and service – and are examples to others. This may include service in a parish ministry but can also include Christian service to the greater community. Honorees are practicing Catholics, in good standing, who use their gifts to deepen the life of the church in their parish or have served in an extraordinary way the ministry of the parish.
Only one individual (or one married couple) should be nominated per parish each year. Nominees should not be a priest, deacon, religious or a paid staff member. Married couples must be in a valid Catholic marriage and live a life of active faith in the Catholic Church. The nominee should be Virtus-certified, if their ministry requires it.
Each pastor is asked to select one individual/couple each year. Each pastor may determine the nominating process within his parish, for example, he could make the selection, ask the pastoral council for suggestions, etc. Nominations are submitted through the online form below by April 15 of each year, with an award ceremony in June.
The nomination form should be filled out only by the Pastor or his representative.
Honorees and their pastors, or a representative of his choosing, will attend the event together. Each honoree will be presented with a memento in appreciation of their lives of stewardship. Honorees will also receive a photo from the event taken with their pastor. The North Texas Catholic will provide news coverage of the event. Parishes are encouraged to provide additional recognition for their honoree(s) at a parish liturgy or event.
Due to space limitations, only the pastor and the honorees should attend; however, each parish may hold its own recognition event, as desired.
Questions? If you have questions about the Light of Christ Parish Stewardship Awards, please contact Wendy Collins, Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations.
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