Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley to Present 2016 Cheverus Awards To 113 Recipients

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley to Present

2016 Cheverus Awards To 113 Recipients
Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley will present 113 Cheverus Award Medals to laypersons, deacons and religious during a 3 p.m. Vespers service on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston's South End.


CatholicTV will broadcast the service live.  Photos from the event will be available at  The Pilot will have complete coverage of the celebration on December 9th. 

First presented in 2008, the annual award recognizes Catholics for their dedicated service to the Church. The medal is named for the archdiocese's first bishop, Jean-Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus, who led the diocese from 1808 until his return to France in 1824. Bishop Cheverus died in 1836 as the Archbishop of Bordeaux.

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.

The medal recipients are chosen for their service to the Church and God's people. Most recipients are nominated by their pastor, forwarded by their area vicar and approved by their regional bishop and Cardinal O'Malley. Some recipients are personally selected by Cardinal O'Malley.

Each year, one-third of the parishes of the archdiocese are asked to nominate a parishioner. The criteria given to pastors is that the nominee should be a lay person who has served the parish well over an extended period of time and has done so in a quiet, unassuming and, perhaps, unrecognized fashion.

Also, each of the regional bishops is asked to nominate a religious and a deacon from his region with similar qualifications. The Central Ministries of the archdiocese also make nominations from among religious, deacons and lay persons who serve on archdiocesan committees or lead important ministries.

Friends and family members of the honorees are welcome to attend the service at the cathedral. The presence of the pastor and a delegation of parishioners is also encouraged to help underscore the parish's appreciation for the service of the honoree.


  1. Mrs. Mirian Andrade, Madonna Queen Shrine, E. Boston/Cultural Diversity
  2. Mr. José Miguel Arango, Madonna Queen of the Universe Shrine, East Boston
  3. Mrs. Kathleen Asmar, St. Mary of the Nativity Parish, Scituate
  4. Mr. Peter Bailey and Mrs. Patricia Bailey, St. Theresa of Avila Parish, West Roxbury **
  5. Mrs. Lucenira Barbosa, St. James Parish, Haverhill
  6. Mrs. Ann  Barden*, St. Theresa of Avila Parish, West Roxbury*
  7. Sister Linda Bessom, SND, North Region
  8. Mr. James Bloise, St. Michael Parish, North Andover
  9. Mr. Gilberto Boçaneli, St. Anthony Parish, Allston/Cultural Diversity
  10. Ms. Pat Bottary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Roxbury
  11. Mrs. Helen Boucher, St. Thomas the Apostle, Millis
  12. Sister Marie-Thérèse “Tess” Brown, SCN, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Roxbury
  13. Mr. John Ciampi, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Cambridge
  14. Mr. Albert L. Conley, St. Joseph Parish, Holbrook
  15. Ms. Lucy Corchado, Immaculate Conception Parish, Salem
  16. Deacon Charles A. Cornell, West Region
  17. Mrs. Marilyn Costa, St. John the Baptist Parish, Salem
  18. Brother James Crowley, OSB, South Region
  19. Mr. Brian Curtin, St. Margaret Parish, Burlington
  20. Mr. Gerald Curtis, Archdiocese of Boston
  21. Mr. Edward H. D'Alelio, St. Ann by the Sea Parish, Marshfield
  22. Mr. Lucien Dalpe, Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Tyngsborough
  23. Mr. Michael De Pascale and Mrs. Maria De Pascale, St. Joseph Parish, Medford**
  24. Ms. Linda DeCristoforo, Archdiocese of Boston/Our Lady of Grace Parish
  25. Ms. Lee DeLuca, St. Anne Parish, Littleton
  26. Ms. Rita Di Gesse, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Allston
  27. Mr. Bernard J. Donahoe, St. Gerard Majella Parish, Canton
  28. Mr. Leo M. Dowling, St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Dorchester
  29. Mr. Paul Doyle, Immaculate Conception Parish, Weymouth
  30. Ms.Catherine Evans, St. John the Evangelist Parish, East Bridgewater
  31. Mr. John Flaherty and Mrs. Maureen Flaherty, St. Camillus, Arlington**
  32. Mrs. Mary Forrester McColough, Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Marshfield
  33. Mr. John ('Jack') Frates, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Beverly
  34. Ms. Isabella Fusco, Corpus Christi Parish, Lawrence
  35. Ms. Carol Ghiloni, St. Clement Parish, Medford/Somerville
  36. Mr. Alan Giangregorio, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Winthrop
  37. Mr. Charles Giordano, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Canton
  38. Ms. Georgia Grace, St. Angela Merici Parish, Mattapan
  39. Mrs. Mary Gralton, St. Ann Parish, Quincy
  40. Ms. Gladys Griffin, St. Brendan, Bellingham
  41. Mr. Daniel Guerrios, Holy Family Parish, Dorchester
  42. Ms. Rose D. Gilles, St. Matthew Parish, Dorchester
  43. Brother Sam Gunn, BH, Central Region
  44. Ms. Anne Hackett, St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish, Melrose
  45. Ms. Margaret Heanue, Saints Martha and Mary Parish, Lakeville
  46. Deacon Martin Henry, South Region
  47. Ms. Marie Hill, St. Brigid Parish, Lexington
  48. Mrs. Susan Horne, Archdiocese of Boston
  49. Mrs. Dolores Hufnagel, St. Pius X Parish, Readville
  50. Mr. Jay Ippolito, Archdiocese of Boston
  51. Ms. Shirley Jannetti, St. Lucy Parish, Methuen
  52. Brother Damian J. Johnson, OFM/IC, West Region
  53. Mr. Arthur Joseph, St. Helen Parish, Norwell
  54. Mr. Philip Keating, St. John Chrysostom Parish, West Roxbury
  55. Mr. William King, St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Charlestown
  56. Mr. Edward (Eddie) LaBatte, Holy Family Parish, Amesbury
  57. Ms. Catherine Lavigne, St. Francis de Sales Parish, Charlestown
  58. Deacon Vincent J. Leo, Central Region
  59. Mr. Stanley F. Lewicki, Jr., St. Martha, Plainville
  60. Mr. Ernest Linek, Archdiocese of Boston
  61. Mrs. Barbara Logan, Holy Trinity Parish, Quincy
  62. Mr. Asbel Lopez, Immaculate Conception Parish, Everett
  63. Mr. Jerzy Markiewicz, St. Stanislaus Parish, Chelsea
  64. Abbess Clare Frances McAvoy, OSC, Central Region
  65. Mrs. Doreen McDonnell, St. Mary of the Assumption-St. Ann, Hull
  66. Ms. Mary M. McIver, Sacred Heart Parish, Lexington
  67. Mrs. Claire McManus, Archdiocese of Boston
  68. Mr. Michael McShane, Archdiocese of Boston
  69. Mr. Balbino Mendez, Immaculate Conception, Revere/Cultural Diversity
  70. Mrs. Margarita Mercede, St. John the Baptist, Peabody/Cultural Diversity
  71. Mr. John (Jack) Miniter, Our Lady of Hope Parish, Ipswich
  72. Mr. Michael Monte, Good Shepherd Parish, Wayland
  73. Mr. Sergio Monteiro, St. Peter Parish, Dorchester
  74. Mrs. Virginia Moore, Sacred Heart Parish, Quincy
  75. Mrs. Marianela Morales, St. Patrick Parish, Brockton
  76. Miss Bridget  ('Della') Moran, Sacred Heart Parish, Lynn
  77. Mr. Tom Morrissey, Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, Brookline
  78. Ms. Carmel Moynihan, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Waltham
  79. Mr. Edward Nazzaro, Jr., Immaculate Conception Parish, Revere
  80. Mr. Kha  Nguyen, Saint Patrick Parish, Lowell
  81. Mr. Phuong Nguyen, St. James Parish, Haverhill/Cultural Diversity
  82. Mrs. Ramona Novoa, Saint Patrick Parish, Roxbury
  83. Ms. Valdilene Paulino dos Santos, Holy Family Parish, Rockland/Cultural Diversity
  84. Ms. Philomène Pean, Immaculate Conception, Everett/Cultural Diversity
  85. Brother Patrick Pennell, CFX, North Region
  86. Mr. John Pereira, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Peabody
  87. Mr. Francesco Piatti, S. Paul Parish, Cambridge
  88. Ms. Serna Postar, St. Francis Chapel, Boston
  89. Mr. Rod Powell, St. Cecilia Parish, Boston
  90. Mrs. Teresa Prochorski, St. James Parish, Salem/Cultural Diversity
  91. Mr. Mark Pykett, Archdiocese of Boston
  92. Mrs. Kathy Reilly, St. Bartholomew Parish, Needham
  93. Mr. Robert Russell and Mrs. Kathleen Russell, St. Christine Parish, Marshfield**
  94. Ms. Maureen Saldarini, St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish, Chestnut Hill
  95. Mr. William Sebet, St. Dennis Parish, Westwood
  96. Mrs. Marie Shattuck, Star of the Sea Parish, Salisbury
  97. Mr. John Stueve, St. John the Baptist Parish, Peabody
  98. Mr. Patrick Sweeney, St. Mary Parish, Lynn
  99. Ms. Lucy Quiles Torrejon, Sacred Heart Parish, Roslindale
  100. Ms. Lorraine Tower, St. Mary of the Hills Parish, Milton
  101. Ms. Jacqueline I. Townes, St. Katharine Drexel, Dorchester/Cultural Diversity
  102. Sister Lucille Van Hoogmoed, PDDM, South Region
  103. Mrs. Denise Van Veen, Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish, Westford
  104. Deacon Julio Cesar Vargas, Sacred Heart Parish, Lawrence/Cultural Diversity
  105. Ms. Rosemary Waldron, Immaculate Conception Parish, Malden
  106. Deacon Raymond C. Wellbank, North Region
  107. Ms. Suzanne Whitehead, St. Rose of Lima/Sacred Heart, Middleborough
  108. Mrs. Agnes Zanella, St. Tarcisius Parish, Framingham
  109. Mr. Steven Zolud, St. Joseph Parish, Wakefield

 *Posthumously Awarded

**Two award recipients