St. John Paul II Award winner says Catholic faith informs life

Photos by Amy Diaz | ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS 


Gordon Stevens, the president and CEO of New Orleans Steamboat Company, was honored by the Catholic Foundation Oct. 11 with the St. John Paul II Award, given to a layperson or permanent deacon who is an inspirational example of Christian stewardship. Stevens offers a crucifix to new employees to place either in their office or in their home, and often places a prayer in his workers’ paycheck envelope.

“As we get older, we realize how very short our time is here on this earth,” Stevens said. There were tough economic times with tourism after Katrina, and “those crosses brought me to my knees and changed me. They brought me to daily Mass. … We all became stronger spiritually during those difficult times.”

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