The CYO/Youth and Young Adult Ministry bestowed the St. Timothy Award on 13 teenagers who have excelled in volunteer service to their Catholic church, school and community April 7 at St. Louis Cathedral.
The awards were presented by Archbishop Gregory Aymond to the following:
Maggie Morton, Ascension of Our Lord Parish, LaPlace, has been a member of Teen CROSS for four years, participated in the Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI), served as president of her school’s student body and captain of the cheer team and served as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion. She encourages young leaders in the church to be fearless and to “not be afraid to put yourself in the world to be a disciple for Christ.”
Alexandra Yanes, Divine Mercy Parish, Kenner, served on her school’s student council and was parliamentarian of the National Honor Society and captain of the dance team. She has served throughout the local community in countless ways, saying of her ministry that truly does “walk by faith and not by sight.”
Mignon Antoine, St. Dominic Parish, New Orleans, has been a member of Teen CROSS and CLI, campus ministry and the retreat team. She is vice president of the National Arts Honors Society and president of the pro-life club at her school, and president of the St. Dominic CYO. Her teacher said Mignon “can always be counted on to follow through, step up when no one else will, and encourage others to find their own personal strengths.”
Michael Klause, Visitation of Our Lady Parish, Marrero, serves on Teen CROSS, is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and lector, is on the student government executive board and is president of the pro-life club at his school. His high school director said, “He leads by his example as a Catholic gentleman. He is bold in challenging his peers and others to live their faith courageously in our world.”
Teressa Nicosia, St. Benilde Parish, Metairie, has served in student government for three years, attended CLI, served as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and is president of the St. Benilde CYO. Her former teacher said, “She holds true to her Catholic values and sets an example for her peers to do the same.”
Ellington Bocage, St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, New Orleans, has been a member of Teen CROSS, the Imani youth leadership team, vice president of the St. Gabriel CYO, captain of the soccer team and president of the National Honor Society. Her youth minister said she “personifies commitment and service to her church, school and community, and most importantly, to our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Gretchen Dum, Mary Queen of Peace Parish, Mandeville, has served for three years on Teen CROSS, attended CLI and served in multiple leadership roles in her parish youth group and school of religion. Her advice for future young leaders is to “have courage, do hard things. This courage is God at our side. He is our voice and our strength, and he will give us the ability to do what needs to be done.”
Andre Farnet Jr., St. Dominic Parish, New Orleans, has served with Teen CROSS, campus ministry and Boy Scouts, is captain of his school’s swim team and spiritual chair of the St. Dominic CYO youth board. He described servant leadership as “working hand-in-hand with others. Helping them, learning from them, and leading them (while being) right next to them. It means getting your hands dirty, instead of telling others to dirty their own.”
Saheba Cuccia, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, New Orleans, has served multiple years with Teen CROSS, is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and a lector and participated in the Louisiana Youth Seminar and the Loyola University FaithActs leadership program. She described servant leadership as living one’s Catholic values through one’s actions, always maintaining the ability to put others first.
April Bourlet, St. Joan of Arc Parish, LaPlace, has served multiple years with Teen CROSS and provided leadership with Vacation Bible School, Lifeteen Camp Covecrest, the Special Olympics, retreat team and student council. Her parochial vicar said, “Whether she is leading retreats, going on mission trips, serving the poor or even spending time hanging out with friends, her integrity and love for Christ come out.”
Casen Guttuso, St. Christopher the Martyr Parish, Metairie, serves on Teen CROSS, is co-president of his CYO, is an Eagle Scout, an altar server, lector and choir member. His parish youth minister stated: “I’ve been so impressed with his morals and values, a commitment to causes many adults would shy away from.”
Emilie Adams, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Belle Chasse, attended CLI, was a member of her peer ministry retreat team, an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and usher, a CYO board member and participated in the national Salesian Leadership Retreat. Her youth minister stated: “She is proof to everyone, old and young, that the young church is alive and well.”
Adeline Chappuis, St. John of the Cross Parish, Lacombe, is a member of Teen CROSS and her school’s student council and campus ministry. She was described by her youth minister as setting “an example for the youth of the parish in a way that leads them closer to Jesus.”