Vikings Honored for Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry

On Wednesday, May 15th 8 Vikings were honored at the Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry Annual Recognition Dinner.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Donna Janicki - St. Elizabeth School
Donna is a consistent presence at St. Elizabeth School. A very active member of the Parent Liaison Group and Athletic Boosters. Donna represents St. Elizabeth at numerous school functions such as Open House and Parent Socials. She gives of her time and talents organizing and running team dinners, banquets and fundraisers. Donna led the "Tackle Cancer" service program in the fall that raised over $3,000 to benefit the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute. Donna is active in the St. Elizabeth Parish and acts as a Eucharistic Minister. Her passion and support of St. Elizabeth is truly commendable.

David Moffitt - St. Elizabeth Parish
Dave responded to the Pastor's invitation to be the Parish Representative to Family Promise and engage parishioners to see what could be done for this special and unique ministry to homeless families. Dave gathered the information and then the people to enable St. Elizabeth to begin hosting the families. Dave's incredible coordination made it easy for parish families to offer their time and talent to this ministry. Dave has enabled families with children and young adults to work in ministry together, which has been rewarding for all involved. 

St. John Bosco Diocesan Award

Boy Scouts
Primus Poppiti - St. Elizabeth

Primus is a leader and advocate for Boys Scouts at St. Elizabeth and the community. He has been and important connector to the parish engaging the troop in a number of annual parish events like the Feast of St. Elizabeth, Thanksgiving Mass and food collection, and the Christmas decorations for church. He has assisted a number of young men in achieving Eagle Scout projects that benefit the parish and community. Primus is a force behind finding and encouraging adult leadership. 

Catholic School
Frank Bellomo - St. Elizabeth School

Frank is a revered physics, engineering and astronomy teacher at St. Elizabeth School. He is known for his spirituality - one that invites the students to pause, pray, and be calm in God's presence. He highlights his class experience with special spirituality days. He is a mentor for the students and a calming presence, especially amidst the frantic nature of high school. Frank continues to invest in the students by taking an active role in the senior class retreat, the National Honor Society, and the Campus Ministry team. Frank's spiritual richness continues to call forth the blossoming spiritual awareness of the students, and helps them to discover the presence of God in the opportunities of everyday life.

Very Reverend Norman P. Carroll, V.F. - St. Elizabeth
For the past ten years, Father Carroll has been pastor of St. Elizabeth in Wilmington and welcomes Bishop Malooly and the annual CYM Pilgrimage each year. Describing Father Carroll, the Bishop said, "he is such an upbeat and energetic priest who clearly loves what he does." Having also served at St. Hedwig, Immaculate Heart of Mary, and St. Benedict parishes - and now in the additional roles of City Dean and diocesan Vocations' Director - Father Carroll ahs been involved in diocesan youth ministry since the mid-1980s, and it was through youth ministry that he came to discern his own vocation to the priesthood.

St. Timothy National Youth Award

Chase Dunlap - St. Elizabeth School
Chase exemplifies the Benedictine Values of St. Elizabeth: hospitality, service, stability, work and prayer. He is actively involved in the common life, prayer, service and activities of the school. Chase is driven, focused, goal-oriented, and benevolent. He serves as the Student Leadership President and was captain of the Varsity Soccer team. Chase's leadership skills are extraordinary for a young man of his age; he leads with humility and sensitivity to the needs of the group. Giving back to the community is something in which Chase if fully invested.

Eduardo Parra - St. Elizabeth Parish
Eduardo is a dedicated Altar Server and Minister of Holy Communion. Eduardo makes himself available when needs arise. He attends Mass every Sunday and participates in the activity of the Parish. He attends St. Elizabeth School, where he is an avid member of the soccer team. Eduardo's willingness to serve when needed speaks greatly of his character and his commitment. He generously makes himself available to his parish, his school, and the needs of his family. Quick to laugh or smile, he is one of those people who are always enjoyable to be around. 

Luke Sheehan - St. Elizabeth Parish
Luke has been a dedicated Altar Server since the 5th grade. He takes his role seriously and makes himself available during school for funerals and at other times for special events. He attends mass on Sunday with his family and is eager to help with parish needs. Amidst dealing with challenges, Luke displays a mature character and integrity. He has a great practical perspective on life, which enables him to find something to laugh about.

Ryan Woodham - St. Elizabeth School
Ryan truly resemble what it means to be a well-balanced, high achieving and service-oriented student in the St. Elizabeth community. His dedication and passion to help others and make a difference in the world is evident through his service as a Blue-Gold Ambassador and Safety Town Volunteer. Ryan is actively involved in roles that include helping others, group work, athletic teams, school functions, and volunteer service to the community. Ryan has impacted the world through his service and genuine passion, love, and care for others.