Father Timothy Murphy, pastor of Immaculate Conception in Salem, winner of the St. Don Bosco friend of youth award, poses with youth of his parish at the Office for the New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults Awards Banquet April 5. Pilot photo/ George Willett
RANDOLPH -- It was a night to honor youth and adults who bring Christ to their parishes and the wider community.
On April 5, a combined 119 middle school and high school-age youth, young adults and adults who serve the Church and their communities in a variety of ways, received awards recognizing them for their service. The awards were presented at the third annual Office for the New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults Awards Banquet at Lombardo's in Randolph.
"I'm filled with great joy tonight to see how the Church is alive in her young people, in the power of young people and their witness to bring life to the Church," said Father Matt Williams, director of the Office for the New Evangelization. "I'm in awe of God's grace at work in the youth, the young adults and the leaders."
Awards were given to middle and high school youth who demonstrate their faith by serving their parish and wider communities, young adults who are faithful and active parishioners, and adults who are Christ-like role models and mentors for youth and young adults. An award was also given to an adult supporting the mission of the Office for the New Evangelization.
Most of the awards were given by the Archdiocese of Boston, but some were from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), a nationwide organization that supports and promotes youth ministry.