Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Love is Shown More in Deeds than in Words"

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Fr. John chats with guests at the Caritas Mass. Scroll down
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On Sunday, our Catholic Charities family gathered at St. Patrick Church in downtown Washington to celebrate some VIPs - our incredible volunteers. 

St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote, "Love is shown more in deeds than in words." The love of our volunteers for their neighbors in need is evinced plainly in their commitment to service. The annual Caritas Mass and Awards is our way to say "thank you" in a small way for the many enormous contributions of time and talent of these volunteers.

We also recognized in a special a few of our most extraordinary volunteers whose efforts have had a tremendous impact on Catholic Charities' ministry to the most vulnerable members of our community. Our 2012 recipients:

Patricia Wallace Service Award - Stacie and Lou Christopher

Father John O'Connor Empowerment Award - Michael Curtin
Monsignor Geno Baroni Advocacy Award - Ruth Runyan

Caritas Award Recipients pose with Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington (left) and Msgr. John Enzler, President and CEO of Catholic Charities (right)

Doug Donatelli, Chair of Catholic Charities Board of Directors,
welcomes guests to the Caritas Awards.

Our award recipients were cheered on by their family, friends, and
the Catholic Charities community!

Stacie and Lou Christopher received the Patricia Wallace Service Award in recognition
of their services to Catholic Charities as our 2012 Gala Chairs.

Bishop Knestout greets Mike Curtin, recipient of the Father John O'Connor
Empowerment Award. Mike served on Catholic Charities Board for nine years!

Caritas Recipient Ruth Runyan has been described as a "godsend," volunteering several days a week with Catholic Charities' Office of Planning and Performance Improvement.

 Msgr. Enzler greets guests before the Caritas Mass.

Following the Mass and Awards Ceremony, guests enjoyed a reception next door at
Catholic Charities' downtown office. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate with us - and thanks most of all to our incredible volunteer force and all the positive change you help enact in the Archdiocese of Washington. You are a true blessing!

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