Catechetical Leader Award

The Offices of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry are asking for nominations for the Bishop John J. McRaith Catechetical Leader Award.  The recipient of this award will be announced sometime this spring.

Anyone from the Diocese of Owensboro may nominate an individual for this award. 

Nominees should be (or have been) professional ministers or volunteers (new this year) working for a minimum of 5 years in the Diocese of Owensboro in the field of catechetics.  Some ministerial roles to be considered are Director of Faith Formation, Coordinator of Faith Formation, Pastoral Associate, Youth Minister, etc.    

The recipient of the award is a role model as an outstanding human being; committed to Diocesan, Parish and Community service; shows a deep sense of spirituality; is knowledgeable, and committed to continuing their intellectual, spiritual and collaborative growth.

The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2024. The Core Committee for Religious Education, consisting of the Diocesan Directors of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry will discern and select the recipient.

You can fill out the form below (preferred method) or mail nomination forms to the Youth Ministry Office, 600 Locust St., Owensboro, KY  42301-2130 or e-mailed to by April 15, 2024

Previous Winners

1998-1999     Sr. Maggie Cooper, SCN

1999-2000     Anita Willoughby

2000-2001     Carol York

2001-2002     Sr. Ann McGrew, OSU

2002-2003     Sr. Margret Ann Aull, OSU

                      Rosemary Payne

2003-2004     Sr. Julia Head, OSU

2004-2005     Sr. Marie Michael Hayden, OSU

2005-2006     Franki Durbin

2006-2007     Denise Long

2007-2008     Sr. Rosanne Spalding, OSU

2008-2009     Danny May

2009-2010     Mary Helen Rhodes             

2011-2012     Debi Hopkins

2012-2013     Lori Lewis            

2013-2014     Charlie Hardesty 

2014-2015     Diane Willis

2015-2016     Melinda  Prunty

2016-2017     Rose Wheeler                    

2017-2018     Ben Warrell

2018-2019     Donna Murphy                   

2019-2020     Patti Gutierrez

                      Ging Smith

2020-2021     Zach Ault                           

2021-2022     Christina Barnard

2022-2023     Gina Holmes

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