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2023 Lumen Gentium Awards

Bishop Joe Vásquez presented the 2023 Lumen Gentium Awards to the following individuals in recognition of their faithfulness and service. Recipients were nominated by their pastor or diocesan staff.

The laity are given this special vocation: to make the Church present and fruitful in those places and circumstances where it is only through them that she can become the salt of the earth. Thus, every lay person, through those gifts given to him, is at once the witness and the living instrument of the mission of the Church itself ‘according to the measure of Christ’s bestowal.” (Eph 4:7)

— No. 33, Dogmatic Constitution On The Church (Lumen Gentium), Second Vatican Council, Nov. 21, 1964


Carlos and Idalia Acuña

St. Mary, Brenham

 

Matthew Anderson

University Catholic Center, Austin

 

Pedro and Maria Arenas

Santa Teresa, Bryan

 

Ann Arnett

St. Ignatius Martyr, Austin

 

Debra Atomanczyk

St. Joseph, Elk

 

Donald Baldovin

Diocese of Austin

 

Ralph and Melinda Blanco

St. Joseph, Waco

 

Daniel and Shirley Bouvier

St. Charles Borromeo, Kingsland

 

Gary Bowers (in memory)

Santa Rosa, Andice

 

Thuy Bui and Mai Nguyen

Holy Vietnamese Martyrs, Austin

 

Joe and Hortencia Capello

St. Mary of the Visitation, Lockhart

 

Renee Cardwell

St. John Vianney, Round Rock

 

Eileen Cmerek

St. Mary, Taylor

 

Tucker and Suzanne Copeland

St. Paul, Smithville

 

Bruce and Kathryn Cowen

St. Joseph, Dime Box

 

Jack Cranford

St. Anthony, Bryan

 

Julieta De Jesus

St. Joseph, Manor

 

Colleen and Michael Debner

St. Austin, Austin

 

Ann DeGraffenried

St. Peter, Goldthwaite

 

Chris and Linda Dehan

St. John Neumann, Austin

 

Stephen Dillon

St. Catherine of Siena, Austin

 

Glenn Dutton

Sacred Heart, Lott

 

Kevin and Kimberly Farris

St. Mary Cathedral, Austin

 

Robert and Nicole Feldman

St. Margaret Mary, Cedar Park

 

Lynn and Susan Fister

St. Mary Catholic Center, College Station

 

Deacon Michael P. Forbes

Diocese of Austin

 

Carlos and Vickie Franco

St. Mary, Lampasas

 

Maria Gonzalez

St. Mary, Caldwell

 

Ed and Jan Harry

Good Shepherd, Johnson City

 

Claudia Haydon

St. Paul the Apostle, Horseshoe Bay

 

Brian and Jo Gail Hearon

St. Paul, Austin

 

Maria Guadalupe Hernandez-Dubey

St. Mary, Hearne

 

Emily Hurlimann

Diocese of Austin

 

Charles Christopher Hutyra

St. Martin, Tours

 

Janice Ingram

Diocese of Austin

 

Monica Ivey

Good Shepherd, Lometa

 

John and Joyce James

Holy Cross, Austin

 

Kurt and Becky Johnson

St. Thomas Aquinas, College Station

 

Kyle and Carla Kacir

St. Joseph, Cyclone

 

Donny Knebel

Our Lady of Lourdes, Gatesville

 

Mark and Debbie Klaus

Holy Trinity, Corn Hill

 

JD and Pam Kosarek

St. Jerome, Waco

 

Ann Krenek

St. Monica, Cameron

 

Karl Kuykendall

Diocese of Austin

 

Maria Del Carmen Landaverde

St. William, Round Rock

 

Kathy and Bruce Layfield

St. Patrick, Hutto

 

George Lourigan

St. Helen, Georgetown

 

Erick and Shenna Luna

Santa Cruz, Buda

 

Myron and Chery Lutz

St. Martin de Porres, Dripping Springs

 

Mary Ellen Maddox

St. Eugene, McGregor

 

Michael and Janice Marek

Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Marak

 

Roman and Myra Martinez

San Francisco Javier, Austin

 

George and Tina McNew

Our Lady of the Lake, Sunrise Beach

 

Michael and Christine Millerick

St. Louis, Waco

 

Richard and Charlotte Montgomery

St. Elizabeth, Pflugerville

 

Alejandro and Gloria Muñoz

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Temple

 

Miguel Olalde Camargo and Elsa Olalde Loma

St. Stephen, Salado

 

Tom Olsen

St. Luke, Temple

 

Francis O'Meara

St. Anthony, Kyle

 

Bertin and Irma Pantoja

St. Michael, Uhland

 

Kathy Paschel

Holy Trinity, Llano

 

Manuel and Elia Patino

St. Mary, San Saba

 

Joyce Paulk

Holy Family, Lexington

 

Beverly J. Pennington

Our Lady of Wisdom, San Marcos

 

Nasario and Leticia Pérez

St. Albert the Great, Austin

 

Robert and Maria Picazo

St. Francis on the Brazos, Waco

 

Pat Quackenbush

St. Peter Catholic Center, Waco

 

Ana Resto

St. Joseph, Killeen

 

Edward Reyes Sr.

St. Joseph, Marlin

 

Silvestre and Jeaneth Robles

St. Thomas, Hamilton

 

Trish Rochat

St. Joseph, Mason

 

Priscilla K. Ruiz

Ascension, Bastrop

 

Rita Sanchez

Sacred Heart, Elgin

 

María Santellano

St. Joseph, Rockdale

 

Bob and Colleen Saxon

Christ the King, Belton

 

Lillian Scarmardo Hughes

St. Joseph, Bryan

 

Gina Simmons

St. Vincent de Paul, Austin

 

Maryrae Stein

Diocese of Austin

 

Otis and Rosa Sumerall

St. Paul Chong Hasang, Harker Heights

 

David Swinson III

St. Mary, Waco

 

Jimmy and Wanda Thornton

St. Mary, Our Lady of the Lake, Lago Vista

 

Lynn Tinney

Sacred Heart, Austin

 

Maria Rosario Tristan

San José, Austin

 

Jim and Earline Trlicek

Sacred Heart, La Grange

 

Linda Turner

Holy Rosary, Frenstat

 

Norma Uhls

St. John the Evangelist, Marble Falls

 

Maria Elena Urrutia

St. John, San Marcos

 

Jesus and Maria Vazquez

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Austin

 

Darrel and Dana Wagner

St. Ferdinand, Blanco

 

Mary P. Walker

Diocese of Austin

 

Renae Willberg

Visitation, Westphalia

 

Radell Williams

St. Mary, Mexia

 

Susan Zapalac

St. Mary, Ellinger

 

Lexxus Zika

St. John, Fayetteville