Each 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 laudable not only for the light and hope they bring to forgotten corners of the country, but for inspiring those around them to be “Lights of Christ” as well.

Past recipients of the Lumen Christi Award, which is 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 — $25,000 for the honoree and $25,000 for his or her nominating diocese — to be used for enhancing a specific area of ministry.

Previous award recipients:

2017
Father Enrique Herrera 
Diocese of Monterey, California 
Father Enrique Herrera
 

2016
Melva Arbelo Mangual
Diocese of Arecibo, Puerto Rico

2015
Father Fredy Angel
Diocese of Savannah, GeorgiaFather Fredy Angel

2014
Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Diocese of Brownsville, Texas

2013
José and Digna R. López
Diocese of Stockton, California
Lumen Christi Award Winner

2012
The Felician Sisters
Diocese of Charleston, South CarolinaLumen Christi Award Winner

2011
Sister Gabriella Williams, OP
Diocese of San Bernardino, California
2011 Lumen Christi Award Winner

2010
Father Ed Kohler
Diocese of Helena, Montana2010 Lumen Christi Award Winner

2009
Sister Rosemary Boessen, RSM
Diocese of Boise, Idaho
2009 Lumen Christi Award Winner

2008
Dr. Carol Cottrill
Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky
2008 Lumen Christi Award Winner

2007
Monsignor R. Scott Friend
Diocese of Little Rock, ArkansasLumen Christi Award Winner

2006 
Sister Vera Butler, PBVM
Archdiocese of New Orleans, New Orleans2006 Lumen Christi Award Winner

2005
Father LeRoy Clementich, CSC
Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska2005 Lumen Christi Award Winner

2004
Sister Ann Connolly, ASC
East St. Louis, Illinois2004 Lumen Christi Award Winner

2003
Mary Ann Larsen
Morgan, MinnesotaLumen Christi Award Winner

2002
Anthony & Evelyn Messuri
Caldwell, IdahoLumen Christi Award Winner

2001
Marie Wilkinson
Aurora, IllinoisLumen Christi Award Winner

2000 
Father Richard Jones, SJ

St. Francis, South DakotaLumen Christi Award Winner

1999 
Sister Justina Violette, OSB

Diocese of Crookston, MinnesotaLumen Christi Award Winner

1998 
Sister Bernadette Kenny, MMM

Clinch Co, VirginiaLumen Christi Award Winner

1997 
Sister Mary Felissa Zander, SSSF

Stone Lake, WisconsinLumen Christi Award Winner

1996 
Sister Maria Sarto Moreau, OP

Ganado, ArizonaLumen Christi Award Winner

1995
Sister Christina Kraus, OSF
McArthur, OhioLumen Christi Award Winner

1994
Father Joseph Lawless, SJ
Sault Ste. Marie, MichiganLumen Christi Award Winner

1993
Father Thomas O'Connor
Fort Wayne, IndianaLumen Christi Award Winner

1992
Harry Blue Thunder
Rosebud, South DakotaLumen Christi Award Winner

1991
Agnes Ryan
Milwaukee, WisconsinLumen Christi Award Winner

1990
Brother Thomas Petitte
FMS Lawrence, MassachusettsLumen Christi Award Winner

1989 
Sister Elizabeth Gintling, LSJM
Salisbury, MarylandLumen Christi Award Winner

1988
Father Joseph Valine, OP
Milford, UtahLumen Christi Award Winner

1987
Sister Margaret McCarthy, PBVM
Yakutat, AlaskaLumen Christi Award Winner

1986
Ethel Williams, Paterson
New JerseyLumen Christi Award Winner

1985
Brother Mathias Barrett, BGS
Albuquerque, New MexicoLumen Christi Award Winner

1984 
Sister Mary Christine Taylor, SSJ

St. Regis, New YorkLumen Christi Award Winner

1983
Joseph Hubbard
East St. Louis, IllinoisLumen Christi Award Winner

1982 
Bishop Sidney Metzger

El Paso, TexasLumen Christi Award Winner

1981
Monsignor Joseph Cassidy
Atlanta, GeorgiaLumen Christi Award Winner

1980
Sister Ida Brasseur, SSA
Anchorage, AlaskaLumen Christi Award Winner

1979
Dr. Isabel Dumont & Joan Mulder
Selma, AL

Lumen Christi Award Winner

1978
Florence Kaster
Diocese of Charleston, South CarolinaLumen Christi Award Winner