Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley presents the 2010 Cheverus Awards for service to the Church at a Nov. 28 Vespers service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
SOUTH END -- Local Catholics who provide faithful and dedicated service to their parishes or archdiocese were honored with Cheverus Awards presented by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Nov. 28.
Cardinal O'Malley presented 98 Catholics with awards at a 3 p.m. prayer service that packed the Cathedral of the Holy Cross to capacity with family and parishioners of this year's award recipients. The honorees work in parishes, Catholic schools, and other Catholic entities around the archdiocese.
During his homily, Cardinal O'Malley said the Cheverus Awards are meant to recognize and thank recipients for their "humble" service to the Church. He referred to recipients as "unsung heroes and heroines" of the archdiocese.
"The archdiocese would come to a screeching halt without the army of volunteer staff that carries out day by day our faith and activities," he said.
Award recipients were nominated by their pastor or auxiliary bishop and chosen by Cardinal O'Malley.
The cardinal instituted the tradition of the Cheverus Awards in 2008. The award is named for Bishop Jean-Louis de Cheverus, who became Boston's first bishop in 1808. The award consists of a medallion of Bishop Cheverus's likeness hanging from a red ribbon.