Archdiocese hands out St. Timothy awards to teens

The annual CYO/Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office conferred the St. Timothy awards on 16 teenagers who exemplified Christian service, Catholic leadership and good moral standards in their parish youth ministry, school and community in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Archbishop Gregory Aymond made the presentations April 24 at St. Louis Cathedral.
The following teens received the award:
Mary Grace Kelley (Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Slidell) is in the youth choir, lector, youth ministry core team, and she is a member of the archdiocesan youth council Teen CROSS. “Leadership involves being an effective listener, gaining knowledge from those who are being served,” Kelley said.

Abigail Olsen (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Belle Chasse) has had various parish youth group offices, been a Teen CROSS representative, extraordinary minister of holy Communion, altar server, lector, Catholic Leadership Institute attendee and team member. She said, “Leadership is all about being a model to others even when things do not go your way.”

Asia Satcher (St. Mary of the Angels in New Orleans) has excelled on her high school campus ministry team and was an altar server, lector and an extraordinary minister of holy Communion. She served for several years on both the IMANI team and Teen CROSS. “Being a leader includes setting higher standards for not only yourself, but for those around you,” Satcher said.

Dylan Allen (St. Jane de Chantal in Abita Springs) has been a Teen CROSS representative, Altar Server, CYO public relations officer and on the Fountainebleau High School Band leadership counsel. “God is the reason for everything I am and everything I do,” Allen said.

Jillian Wohlgemuth, (St. Christopher the Martyr Parish in Metairie) has been on her high school’s Student Council leadership team and represented at the LASC as an officer in her parish CYO, a delegate at Teen CROSS and CLI and a member of the victory corps volunteers at the World War II Museum in New Orleans. “A leader is a humble listener who uses his or her voice to amplify the voice of others … in your school, community, parish and everyday life,” Wohlgemuth said.

Regina Lowe (St. Angela Merici Parish in Metairie) has participated in various offices in her parish CYO, was an altar server, recipient of the presidential service award, Teen CROSS, and on the Catholic Leadership Institute as an attendee and team member. “Leadership involves knowing your own strengths and weaknesses,” Lowe said.

Ariel Aguilar (Visitation of Our Lady Parish in Marrero) has provided service on Teen CROSS and the TEC retreat program, has been a delegate to the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)and in parish choir and youth band. “The church is a vessel for us to be the best we can be, and joyful friendships build us up in so many ways,” Aguilar said.

Abby Ponthier (St. Andrew the Apostle in New Orleans) has been extensively involved in service-oriented programs such as being the vice president of the service club, Christian Life Community and being the service chairman of her parish youth ministry. Her other leadership involvements are Teen CROSS, NCYC, Catholic Leadership Institute, Abbey Youth Fest and World Youth Day New Orleans. “Catholic youth who are in a leadership position must make developing a deeper relationship with Christ and the Church a priority,” Ponthier said.

Malik Gibson (St. Peter Claver Parish in New Orleans) is involved with Teen CROSS, the Catholic Leadership Institute, IMANI team, March for Life Archdiocesan Youth Pilgrimage, and, in his parish, he is an altar server, youth minister, on the youth council and living Stations of the Cross. “I am a firm believer that God is the source of all of my strength, and I would not be able to do anything without him,” Gibson said.

Anjele Guidry (St. Martha Parish in Harvey) is in involved on Teen CROSS, the CCRNO Holy Spirit retreat team, music ministry, choir, altar serving and Native American Youth Council. Her service particularly with the Houma Nation Tribe and the Blessed Seelos Shrine are true examples of servant leadership. “I believe in putting others first so that they may feel like the dignified and respected people they truly are,” Guidry said.

Alisse Guerra (St. Dominic Parish in New Orleans) has demonstrated exemplary service as president of her CYO, board member of her high school student council, Teen CROSS representative, lector and member of her CYO’s peer ministry and school campus ministry teams. “Service allows me to die to myself and rise in communion with Christ,” Guerra said.

Mia Reed (St. Maria Goretti in New Orleans) has excelled as a Teen CROSS representative, IMANI team member, Catholic Leadership Institute staff and member, NCYC, Habari Gani, parish Gospel choir and as a high school retreat team member. “A good leader uses their gifts to help others, even when he or she really does not want to,” Reed said.

Nick Judge (St. Benilde Parish in Metairie) has worked in ministry and leadership positions in his parish, school and community including Boy Scouts, extraordinary minister of holy Communion, TEC retreat program as a member and staff, Teen CROSS representative, pro-life ministry, Jr. High Retreat team and so much more. “I love doing service and helping others,” Judge said.

Katherine Rose (St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Metairie) achieved this award by participation in the TEC retreat program, the Catholic Leadership Institute, Teen CROSS, Abbey Youth Fest, being a lector at St. Louis Cathedral, Living Stations of the Cross and serving as her CYO’s president. “Leadership to me is working well together as a team … and inspiring and encouraging my peers,” Rose said.

Jenna Cambias (St. Matthew the Apostle Parish in River Ridge) has served as a Teen CROSS representative, extraordinary minister of holy Communion, president of her CYO, student council, CLI, pro-life leader, and much more. “Without … Christ, I would not have found the courage to seek my faith through … getting involved in my parish, school and archdiocese,” Cambias said.

Shelby Burkholder (St. Benilde Parish in Metairie) left her mark on various ministries and programs, such as Abbey Youth Fest, extraordinary minister of holy Communion, her parish youth ministry leadership team, TEC retreat team, CLI, Teen CROSS, NCYC and her school’s Matthew 25 Club. “Do not be afraid to get involved, stand up for what you believe in and always be yourself,” Burkholder said. 

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