John Cardinal Wright Awards Dinner
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After the Vocations Mass, the Awards Dinner was held at Rockefellers Banquet Hall.
Father Ronald P. Lengwin is Vicar General and General Secretary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. He also serves as the chief spokesperson for the Diocese, a position he has held for over 20 years under two bishops, making him one of the most recognized names - and voices - in Pittsburgh media.
The seminarians introduce themselves and give a brief story of their vocation.
Fr. Tim Whalen and Fr. Dan Whalen talking about growing up with their mother, Mary Anna Whalen.
The alumni association wishes to congratulate this lifelong Catholic role model, wife and mother of two priests... a most worthy recipient of the 2012 Mater Mea Saxum Meum Award!
For the first time, we had a "Latin" auction, where attendees purchased tickets to win "Steeler Baskets" full of merchandise for their Steeler parties.
We collected over $300.
Fr. Joe Freedy, Vocation Director, reviews vocations in the diocese.
This years winners are Mrs. Mary Anna Walen, "Mater Mea Saxum Meum", "My Mother, My Rock" award.
The John Cardinal Wright Awards Winners are Mr. Guy Junker, Mr. Mike Gallagher ('73), and Fr. Ron Legwin.
Mike literally grew up in the shadow of Holy Innocents Church where he and his family are still members. Mike serves on the pastoral council there as well as putting his fine singing voice to great use as a cantor. Following his studies at the Latin School, Mike graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, all the while, he continued to contemplate a possible vocation to the ministerial priesthood.
Guy Junker has had a career-long attachment to sports while maintaining a strong Catholic faith throughout his entire life. He attended St. Wendelin's grade school in Carrick and was an altar server. He also uses his extensive sports knowledge in coaching young people as a baseball coach in Shaler Township, and youth hockey coach, and also worked with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. In addition, Guy hosts a golf event every fall to benefit the Bradley Center.
Dr. Pat Joyce, BLS '67, Director, Office for Stewardship, Diocese of Pittsburgh, reviews progress on the funds pledged and collected for the Rev. Joseph E. Henry, S.J. Memorial Fund to fund vocations in the diocese.
The proceeds from this year's photography silent auction sale was $185.
This year's "Steel City Auctions" sports memoriabilia silent auction sale was also a sucess.
Special Thanks to
Mr Len Pentrancosta, BLS' 74, who donated his 50/50 winning back to the BLS Alumni Association.