Three members of the Mount Saint Charles community are receiving national awards from the Diocese of Providence’s Office of Catholic Youth Ministry.
Richard Lawrence, MSC Athletic Director, and Br. Clifford King, MSC Religious Studies Department Chair, will both be receiving The Companions on the Journey Award. In addition, Kaitlyn Williams, a senior at Mount, will be receiving The St. Timothy Award.
The students will be presented with their awards by Bishop Tobin at the Catholic Youth Ministry and Scout Awards Celebration held at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence on Sunday, March 10th at 1:00 p.m.
The Companions on the Journey Award that Lawrence and Br. King are receiving is the highest National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry adult award given by our Diocese for excellence in youth ministry, commitment to young people, outstanding leadership, longevity in ministry, and commitment to on-going education and formation. The St. Timothy Award that Williams is receiving is the highest national youth ministry award a Catholic youth can receive for integrity, leadership, and service.
The Office of Catholic Youth Ministry helps parishes and Catholic schools in the Diocese of Providence in their ministry with youth. They are involved with Catholic scouting and hold events and retreats for adolescents in middle school and high school. To be eligible for a Catholic Youth Ministry award, a person’s nomination is first accepted by the Nomination Review Committee. Then based on the information provided by the nominator, the committee selects the deserving recipients. Typically, a school is only allowed one recipient for each award, however, an exception was made for Lawrence and Br. King due to their longevity. Br. King has been at Mount basically since 1978 (he left for 3 years to be a principal in Maine) and Lawrence has been at Mount since 1969.
Ed Burke, Mount Saint Charles Principal, said, “We are very proud that Kaitlyn, Mr. Lawrence, and Br. King are part of our school community and live their Catholic faith. In their roles, Kaitlyn as a student and Mr. Lawrence and Br. King as members of the Mount faculty and administration, they are all exceptional witnesses to their faith.”