The Diocese of Lafayette honored 88 individuals for their charitable work and strong values, Friday night, at the 27th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. Mass and award ceremony. Those honored, according to celebrant, Most Rev. Michael Jarrell, are present day examples of the values King exemplified.
"We try to recognize those in our parishes, people who exemplify those values. Those who recognize human dignity and charity to other people."
Jarrell said King's principles are ones that are shared with the Christian faith.
"The principals that he used to reach his conclusions and to foster his activity are principals that are forever. He was one that exemplified love for humanity and for the dignity of human beings"
Religious organization, Black Christian Ministries sponsored the celebration. Director Stephanie Bertrand said those being honored are not only good examples in their community, but make charity and selfless-ness a way of life
"People do things within their church. They've ministered to people in prison, carry out the needs of people who are homeless, and people who actually have a sense of hopelessness."
Fr. Michael Sucharski, Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church was the homolist for the ceremony.
Each pastor or pastoral community in the parishes of the diocese nominated individuals for the award in November of 2012.
Those honored include:
Linda Woodruff of St. Mary Magdalen Christian Service Center
Ada Johnson and Lois Jordan of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus
Percy Baltazar of St. Catherine of Alexandria
Northly Broussard, Verlie Davis and Isaac Thomas St. Francis of Assisi
Mary Gordon and Rita LeDoux of Sacred Heart
Lionel Ryes, Sr. of St. Joseph
Laura Broussard of Our Lady of the Assumption
Richard Calais and Jim Martin of St. Joseph Catholic Church
Geraldine Calais and Dianne Frederick of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
Wallace Citizen and Ella M. "Jane" Savoy of Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church
Charlesa Bernard of St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church
John David Frederick, Courtney Marie Leblanc, Dylan John LeBlanc and Noah Gregory Touchet of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
Henry Broussard, Dylan Eric George, Eliza Nezey and Maybelline Trahan of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
Cecile R. Hamilton and Mary R. Rideaux of St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church
Linda Lockett, Eric and Cynthia J. Metz, Velda Metz and Elnora Sonnier of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
Elodia V. Navy of St. Jules Catholic Church
Frances Richard of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
Jacqueline Francis of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
Tina Chargois of Holy Rosary/St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church
John Brady LeBlanc of Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Jules Edwards of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Novella Dugas, Thomas Helaire, Mabel Malveaux and Warren Senegal of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church
Brenda Dejean, Terry and Carolyn Dugas, Brandy Jolivette and Raimy Living of St. Anthony Catholic Church
Rena Arceneaux and Albertine Locklear of St. Jules Catholic Church
John Pete and Joseph Provost of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
Anna Belle Guidry of Holy Family Catholic Church
Marquis Simon of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Elvina Ward of St. Catherine Catholic Church
Rev. Kenneth Domingue of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church
Clara Anthony, Jimmie George, Martha Jones and Andrea Willis of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church
Bonnie Delahoussaye of St. Nicholas Catholic Church
Bertina Papillion of St. Ann Catholic Church
Risley Mouton of St. Joseph Catholic Church
Grace Credeur and Lou Theriot of St. Joseph Catholic Church
Peter Williams of Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church
Bruce Freese of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Richard Guidry of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
Anna Mae Mouton of St. Edward Catholic Church
Farice Daigle and Mary L. Daigle of Holy Ghost Catholic Church
Joseph Thomas of St. Jules Mission Catholic Church
Shirley Rene of St. Mary Catholic Church
Menda Batiste, Winfield Ledet, Victor Mallery and Melba Malveaux of Notre Dame Catholic Church
Kierra Moneé Cole of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
Joseph Keller of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Barbara R. Durand and Patricia A. Trent of Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Mary Ellen Baggett, Tina De Leon and Barbara Journet of St. Anne Catholic Church
Dora F. Broussard of Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary, Little Theresa Court No. 11
Mabel Denise Taylor and Deacon Anthony and Mary Francis Ozene of Office of Black Catholic Ministries