Lumen Gentium Awards

 The Lumen Gentium Awards were inaugurated in 2004 by Bishop Gregory M. Aymond as a way to recognize Catholics who exemplified the spirit of the Vatican II docoument Lumen Gentium. Initially bestowed each year, in 2013 Bishop Joe S. Vásquez decreed that the awards be given every other year.

Criteria: 
     Lay individuals, paid or volunteer, who exemplify the spirit of Christ as explained by the documents of the Second Vatican Council. (“You are the light of the world… your light must shine in the sight of all, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven” Mt 5:14, 16). The lay person should be someone who lives his or her baptismal call in an extraordinary way through stewardship and leadership. This may include service in direct parish ministry, but can also include Christian service to the greater community. To quote from The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium): “The laity, however, are given this special vocation: to make the Church present and fruitful in those places and circumstances where it is only through them that she can become the salt of the earth.”
     Only one individual (or one married couple) should be nominated per parish, and they must be a lay person (not a priest, deacon or sister). If married, the nominee, whether nominated individually or as a couple, must be in a valid Catholic marriage and live a life of active faith in the Catholic Church. The nominee should be EIM-certified, if their ministry requires it. If they are not, their full legal name and date of birth are required in order to run a background check
     Recipients from Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Marak:
2017 - ALBERT MICHALKA
2015 - RITA MIKULEC
2013 - ANTON VRAZEL
2012 - MERLENE SLAVIK
2011 - ALFRED AND BERNICE VRAZEL
2010 - NO ONE WAS NOMINATED
2009 - LADDIE AND EDITH VACULIN
2008 - JOHNNY AND ETHEL MARAK
2007 - DAVID VACULIN
2006 - DOROTHY VACULIN
2005 - CYRIL VACULIN
2004 - NO ONE WAS NOMINATED