St. Timothy Award bestowed on 17 teen leaders
The CYO/Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office conferred the St. Timothy Award on 17 teenagers who have 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 26 at St. Louis Cathedral.
The following teens received the award:
Caroline Papa (St. John of the Cross Parish in Lacombe) is a member of the youth choir and youth ministry retreat team, a lector and an extraordinary minister of holy Communion. “I know none of us are perfect people, but with God we are capable of being extraordinary,” Papa said.
Connor Ackerman (Holy Family Parish in Franklinton) is a Teen CROSS representative, a participant and team member in the TEC retreat program, CYO president and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “I have come to learn the gifts God has given me, and I am still finding ways to spread his love using these gifts,” Ackerman said.
Mason Pearcy (Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Slidell) holds various parish youth group offices, is a Teen CROSS representative, delegate to the March for Life, altar server, and a member of the liturgy team and student council at his high school. “I am involved in the church today because I am passionate about serving others and helping others grow closer to Christ,” Pearcy said.
Megan Lacour (Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner) is a member of her school’s campus ministry team and student council, a CCD teacher, a member of the TEC retreat team, Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) and Teen CROSS. “My faith experiences have opened my eyes to the beauty of discipleship and what it means to live out my faith,” Lacour said.
Patrick Lacour (St. Clement of Rome Parish in Metairie) is a member of his high school’s Sodality and the TEC retreat program, an officer in the CYO, a delegate to Teen CROSS and CLI, and a member of the peer ministry team. “Christian leadership is the choice to serve others while actively seeking to be a Christian example for others, seeking to do God’s will through one’s actions and words,” Lacour said.
Jackson Loupe (St. Jane de Chantal Parish in Abita Springs) is an altar server, Vacation Bible School counselor, a food bank volunteer and a parish youth ministry officer. “(Leadership is) not about being above someone or more powerful than others. It is about being inspirational and helpful to anyone in need,” Loupe said.
Amanda Aubry (St. Raymond-St. Leo the Great Parish in New Orleans) is a member of Teen CROSS and the Imani Team, a delegate to the National Catholic Youth Conference, and a staff member of the Catholic Leadership Institute. “Leadership is taking the knowledge that you have and applying it for the betterment of all, as well as sacrificing for others,” Aubry said.
Megan Henshaw (St. Peter Parish in Covington) is involved in various pro-life ministries, including the March for Life and the ECHO Theology of the Body retreat, is a member of parish youth ministry, Teen CROSS and the CCRNO Holy Spirit Retreat. “Leadership is love; it is a real sacrificial love to want to do the best for others as a gift of self,” Henshaw said.
Andrew Benfatti (St. John of the Cross in Lacombe) is a member of the parish liturgical ministry and Living Way of the Cross, a Teen CROSS representative, a member of pro-life outreach, and an extraordinary minister of holy Communion. “Going deeper and deeper into your faith helps with every aspect of your life,” Benfatti said. “When you have a deeper and intimate relationship with God your life becomes more joyful.”
Garrett Boyd (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Belle Chasse) is a Teen CROSS representative, an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, CYO president, student ministry team member at his high school and a liturgical ministry coordinator. “Leadership is not a right, but a privilege that needs to be earned,” Boyd said. “Leadership thrives on diversity and collaborators.”
Nolan Lambert Jr. (St. Dominic Parish in New Orleans) is president of his CYO and student council, a Teen CROSS representative, lector at St. Louis Cathedral, an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, and a member of his CYO Peer Ministry Team and school campus ministry team. “The main point of a leader is to serve,” Lambert said.
Noella Balint (St. Pius X Parish in New Orleans) is a member of Teen CROSS and the CCRNO Holy Spirit retreat team, has participated in several mission trips and the March for Life, a member of the parish confirmation team and a delegate to the National Catholic Youth Conference. “It is important for leaders to be servants. Leaders lead by example, put others before themselves and are a witness for Christ,” Balint said.
Abbey Hollingsworth (St. Peter Parish in Covington) is a member of her student council, an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, a counselor at Camp Abbey, a Teen CROSS representative and has been involved in pro-life ministry, mission work and parish youth ministry. “Leadership is about reaching out to others and loving as God has loved,” Hollingsworth said.
Victoria Sawyer (St. Maria Goretti Parish in New Orleans) helped the parish’s St. Vincent de Paul’s chapter in its Thanksgiving basket and adopt-a-family projects, is a member of the JustFaith ministry, a volunteer at Ozanam Inn and Second Harvest Food Bank, a member of Habari Gani, CLI, Teen CROSS, the Imani Team and the National Catholic Youth Conference. “A good leader is a follower of Christ,” Sawyer said. “Faith without works is dead.”
Evan Young (Mary Queen of Peace Parish in Mandeville) is a LaSallian Youth Leader, a member of Teen CROSS, attended the March for Life, and has served as an altar server and Camp Abbey counselor. He is an Eagle Scout and has had a commitment to causes for life and service to the disabled. “Through my service in working for the glory of God and saying yes to him, I hope to be a selfless servant to others and God,” Young said.
Renee Junot (St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in New Orleans) is a Teen CROSS representative, an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, a lector at St. Louis Cathedral, CYO president, CLI team member and pro-life leader. “I am passionate about service and servant leadership, and my greatest personal objective is making others and God happy by giving of myself,” Junot said.
Nicholas Tamplain (Ascension of Our Lord Parish in LaPlace) is involved in liturgical ministries, student council, parish youth ministry leadership, Vacation Bible School, CLI, Teen CROSS and the Knights of Columbus. “Love yourself, love your family, love others, but most of all, love God, because through him all things are possible,” Tamplain said.