We are honored to announce that Father Enrique Herrera is the 2017-2018 Lumen Christi Award recipient!

As the pastor of an immigrant parish in rural California, Father Enrique organizes programs that are helping the youth of his parish to grow in faith and responsibility. He has a dream that all of the children in his parish will attend college. Through early involvement in Bible studies and other programming, the young people grow into leadership roles in the parish and make a positive impact on the surrounding community.

The Lumen Christi Award is our highest national honor recognizing a Catholic hero who is shining the "Light of Christ" in the poor dioceses we serve by demonstrating how the power of faith can transform lives and communities.

The $25,000 prize that accompanies the Lumen Christi Award will allow Father Enrique to continue developing programs and ministries that help his parishioners move beyond the struggles of poverty toward a hopeful future.

Click here to read more about Father Enrique's ministry.

Meet the 8 finalists for the 2017-2018 Lumen Christi Award

Now in its 40th year, Catholic Extension's Lumen Christi Award honors an individual or group working in one of America's mission dioceses 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.

Click here to meet all 45 of this year's inspirational nominees who are spreading the light of Christ in some of America's poorest places.

Past recipients of the Lumen Christi Award, Latin for "Light of Christ," have included priests, women religious, and lay leaders from across the nation.

The Lumen Christi Award is accompanied by a $50,000 grant to support the recipient's ministry.