SAN BERNARDINO— Individuals from throughout the Diocese were recognized for their service to the Church and community at the Annual Diocesan Awards Mass held on May 20 at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral. Honorees were awarded the St. Bernardine Award, Our Lady of Guadalupe Award and the St. John Paul II Youth Award. at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral in San Bernardino.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Award
The Our Lady of Guadalupe Award is presented to individuals from the parish or members of the civic community who have demonstrated exemplary generosity, leadership and/or service beyond the scope of the parish for the common good of the diocesan or local civil communities. This year’s recipients were:
Andres Alvarez, The Holy Name of Jesus, Redlands; Robin Bishop, Riverside University Health System; Sandra Bittner, St. Anthony, San Bernardino; Pedro and Yolanda Cano, Holy Spirit, Hemet; Diane Dale, Office of Marriage and Family Life, Chino Hills; Luz Gallegos, TODEC Legal Center, Moreno Valley.
Russell Anthony Gilmore, St. Joseph Mission, Soboba; Marisol Gonzalez, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Temecula; George and Mary Beth Hall, Blessed Sacrament, Twentynine Palms; Bruce Humpert, Our Lady of the Assumption, San Bernardino.
Frank and Maria Lootens, Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, San Bernardino; Jessie Lopez, St. Theresa, Palm Springs; Pam Torres Lucero, St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic, Riverside; Maria Macabales, St. Matthew, Corona; Melvin Mendez, St. Bernardine, San Bernardino.
Keith Morlock, St. John XXIII Catholic Community, Fontana/Rialto; Zaki Mustafa, St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Alta Loma; Maria Nuñez, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Beaumont; Jose Ortiz, Our Lady of the Valley, Hemet; Juancito and Leonila, Sacred Heart, Rancho Cucamonga.
Eric and JoAnn Robles, Christ the Redeemer, Grand Terrace; Cynthia Ronquillo-Francisco, Office of Asian Pacific Ministry, Rancho Cucamonga; Javier Sanchez, St. Christopher, Moreno Valley; Monica Song, St. Andrew Kim, Riverside; Linda Steslicki, Christ The Good Shepherd, Adelanto; Tom and May Woulfe, Sacred Heart Church, Palm Desert.
St. Bernardine Award
The St. Bernardine Award is given to church employees (parish or diocesan) with at least 10 consecutive years of employment service, and who has significantly impacted the fulfillment of the vision and mission the local church through exemplary
and generous service. This year’s recipients were:
Jennifer Campbell, St. Peter and St. Paul, Alta Loma; Jose Luis Elias, Office of Education & Formation Programs, Diocesan Pastoral Center; Lot Espino, St. Theresa, Palm Springs; Anne Marie Gallant, Office of Emergency Operations Collaborative, Diocesan Pastoral Center.
Juan Alberto Gallegos, Our Lady of the Valley, Hemet; Carmen Alexandria Gonzalez, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Temecula; Cynthia Ortega, Office of Priest Personnel, Diocesan Pastoral Center; Edna Preciado, Office of the Bishop, Diocesan Pastoral Center.
Aileen Quiroga- Arrezola, Sacred Heart, Rancho Cucamonga; Rosa Ramos, St. Christopher, Moreno Valley; Maria (Maruja) Sedano, Ministry Formation Institute, Diocesan Pastoral Center; Mayra Tranquilino, St. John XXIII Catholic Community, Fontana.
Javier Triviso, Sacred Heart, Palm Desert; Virginia Turner, Office of Human Resources, Diocesan Pastoral Center.
St. John Paul II Youth Award
< The St. John Paul II Youth Award the St. John Paul II Youth Award is presented in recognition, support, and encouragement to a young Catholic person from 16 to 20 years old who actively demonstrates a deep commitment, responsibility, and outstanding voluntary service. This young person carries St. John Paul II’s spirit of building bridges among people and inspiring others to create peace and harmony. This year’s recipients were:
Christopher Daniel Acabal, Christ the Redeemer, Grand Terrace; Alejandro Ayala, Aquinas High School, San Bernardino; Chiemena Agbakwuru, St. John XXIII Catholic Community, Fontana/Rialto; Odette Ascencio, Saint Louis, Cathedral City.
Sofia Benigno, St. Peter & St. Paul, Alta Loma; Daisy Fernandez, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Beaumont; Ismael Fernando Jimenez, Our Lady of the Assumption, San Bernardino; Emiliano Martin Lacuesta, St. Matthew, Corona; Josue Alberto Macias, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Riverside.
Yessica Mares, The Holy Name of Jesus, Redlands; Magaly Marin, Sacred Heart, Rancho Cucamonga; Natalia Meza-Almanza, Sacred Heart, Palm Desert; David Oliver San Diego, Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic High School, Temecula.
Ana Karen Vazquez Gomez, Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, San Bernardino; Joanna Verdejo, St. Bernardine, San Bernardino; Laura Zavala, Christ The Good shepherd, Adelanto.