Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz has extended an invitation to area Catholics to attend the Oct. 8 St. Francis Stewardship Awards in Anchorage. The annual banquet honors Alaskans who serve the church in the spirit of Saint Francis.
Renamed to St. Francis Stewardship Awards, the event has expanded the number of potential honorees to include dedicated individuals, couples or groups from each parish within the Anchorage Archdiocese.
Established in 2001, the program was named after Anchorage Archbishop Emeritus Francis Hurley’s patron saint — Saint Francis. This year’s awards will formally recognize eight honorees who specifically support of the work of their parishes. These are often people who receive no compensation or acclaim.
“We are all very grateful for the many nominations received for the St. Francis Stewardship Awards this year,” Archbishop Schwietz wrote in a letter to area parishes. “We received over 50 nominations, and the decision, as always was very difficult!”
The banquet will be held at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage.
“Many of you may recall that the St. Francis Awards were instituted as a way to honor Archbishop Francis Hurley and we hope that he will be able to join us for this year’s celebration,” Archbishop Schwietz said. “We are very blessed with the number of wonderful stewards in our parishes. I look forward to fellowship time with your parish team at this joyful celebration.”
Winners will be announced in parish bulletins, archdiocese website and Facebook pages and the Catholic Anchor, both online and in print.”
The awards banquet runs 6-9 p.m. Tickets to the dinner are $38 or $228 for tables of six. Parishes or individuals can contact the archdiocese at 297-7747 to make reservations.