Lumen Christi Award

Honoring the Light of Christ
Shining examples of our mission

Lumen Christi Award

Catholic Extension’s Lumen Christi Award honors an individual or group working in an Extension Diocese who demonstrates how the power of faith can transform lives and communities. Lumen Christi recipients are the hidden heroes in our midst. They bring light and hope to the forgotten corners of our country and inspire those around them to be the “Light of Christ” as well.

The Lumen Christi Award is accompanied by a $50,000 grant — $25,000 for the honoree and $25,000 for his or her nominating diocese — to be used for enhancing a specific area of ministry.

The Gospel tells us that Christ came not to be served, but to serve. The Lumen Christi Award recipients have proclaimed this with their lives. Where there are cries for help in America, where there is need, they have answered the call. They have “extended” the Church to young and old, to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. And they have dedicated themselves to serving in some of the most forgotten places in America.

Since its inception in 1978, the Lumen Christi Award has been given to priests, women religious, and lay leaders from across the nation.

Hear more about the award on our interview with Relevant Radio:

2020-2021 award recipient

Father Ron Foshage

Diocese of Beaumont, Texas

Fr. Ron Foshage has worked to rebuild a community torn apart by a horrible act of violence and racism, and spends his days helping his flock in small gestures that speak volumes in the Catholic Extension-supported Diocese of Beaumont.