Parish Awardees

St. Cecilia

*Service Award*

Beverly Brown

Beverly Brown, with her quiet, unassuming manner, extends her hand in service with whatever the parish needs. This past year, she has committed herself to help provide "Grab-n-Go" food packages to those in need in our community, in lieu of our Soup Kitchen. When in-person Mass resumed she served as an Usher, at perhaps one of the most important ministries, to keep parishioners safe in this critical time.

*Advocacy Award*

Barry Sims Is a responsible family man, parishioner, and investigative reporter for WBAL-TV. His connection with people in their times of suffering, especially during this past year, is proof of his compassion. I believe he really listens and offers a platform to the people so they may speak their truth. He never leads people astray by imposing his own agenda. In this year of St. Joseph, the Protector, we are happy to have one of our own as a pillar in the community.

St. Francis of Assisi

*Service Award*

Katrina Thaibinh

Katrina serves as a Mercy Volunteer Corps intern at St. Francis of Assisi parish & school. She has overseen and managed the Christmas baskets for The Needy Appeal. Through her efforts, 86 Christmas dinner baskets were provided for individuals, and their families, in the community. She recruited volunteers for procurement, packing, and distribution – overseeing this project through to completion.


*Advocacy Award*

Amelia Voos

Amelia, who is a post graduate student currently serving as our Youth Minister and Parish Videographer. With enthusiasm, she regularly enlists adults and youth in service projects involving: Our Daily Bread and The Franciscan Center of Baltimore food distributions. In addition, she is a very strong advocate for social justice issues in our parish community.


Immaculate Conception

*Advocacy Award*

Br. William Stover, C.M.

Brother William Stover, C.M., served on the Racism Committee of the Vincentians Eastern Province this past year, as an outward show of racism, hatred, and violence swept through our nation. On January 25th, our community celebrated our Foundation Day during The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Brother William is instrumental in keeping the committee focused not only the outer mission, but also on the inner conversion of our members, who are unaware of how they may participate in this evil. 


St. Joseph - Odenton

*Service Award*

Jeffrey Cullen

Jeffrey has selflessly dedicated many years of service to the poor in our Archdiocese and Anne Arundel County. During Advent, Jeff, is our parish coordinator for Giving Back: Linda's Legacy.  This program is comprised of volunteers from schools and parish communities who collect new and gently used clothing for the homeless. Jeff handles the pickup, direct delivery and distribution to the homeless in his community. He and his family enthusiastically participate in this program every year.


St. Mary of the Assumption - Govans

*Service Award*

Darlene Fields

Darlene graciously donates her time to support the parish in many ways. She assists with preparing the church for services, selling tickets for fund-raising events, and anywhere else she can lend a hand. She can be found helping with the many projects in which St. Mary of the Assumption is involved: Social Action, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Oblate Sisters of Providence, CARES, and collecting at Christmas for multiple charities.


*Advocacy Award*

Gerald (Jerry) Schmitt

Jerry, a longtime parishioner, is a committed advocate for Social Action. He has tirelessly dedicated himself to supporting the parish and its partnership with CARES, which provides services, referrals, and material assistance to those experiencing poverty. He donates his time and many items to CARES - food, clothing, and personal-hygiene items. He volunteers daily at St. Mary’s in service to people in need.


Our Lady of Perpetual Help

*Service Award*

Marie Sakowicz

Marie Sakowicz is a pillar to our outreach ministries. She manages the food distribution service to thousands on a monthly basis. She not only cares for people in need, but our surroundings as well. Marie is dedicated to keeping the parish grounds tidy, filling many bags of trash each week, by hand. Marie always serves as the heart of Jesus.


*Advocacy Award*

Bette McKown

In 2019, Bette approached the parish noting areas for deeper social justice action. After becoming involved with the Archdiocesan Racial Work Group subcommittee, Bette of OLPH, and Cathy McClean of St. Veronica have worked together to form a solid base for building relationships between their two sister parishes. So far, 11 parishioners from OLPH are now Prayer Partners with those at St. Veronica’s, with a goal to move beyond charity to collaborative kingdom-building.


Our Lady of Victory

*Service Award*

Elizabeth Aviles

Elizabeth serves as parish secretary for Our Lady of Victory in Baltimore. In addition to her regular staff duties, she spends most of her free time volunteering in Our Lady of Victory’s Food Pantry, helping to pack and distribute food to those in need, and managing the live stream feed for the weekend Masses.

St. Pius X

*Service Award*

John Mitsak

John joined the Social Action Ministry in 2020 via his interest in the parish's Bio Retention Garden Enhancement. He now leads the efforts to rejuvenate the Environmental Stewardship Ministry. He leads all meetings, coordination & training of volunteers to maintain the garden, and plan for spring planting project. Additionally, John facilitates the information-sharing component of our parish's "Care-for-Creation" campaign. He is a model volunteer, driven in his actions to promote Catholic Social Teaching in our parish and local community.

Prince of Peace

*Service Award*

Joe Rozanski

Joe’s commitment and dedication to feeding those less fortunate is at the forefront of his life. He spends countless hours collecting food donations from area business and nonprofits and coordinates the distribution to those in need. In 2019, the weekly average for distribution was 60-90 bags of groceries. Since COVID began, with food insecurity on the rise, at times, Joe has seen to the distribution of more than 250 bags per week to those in need.


*Advocacy Award*

Earle Prior

Earle’s dedication to helping to raise awareness of food insecurity in the community is as much a priority for him, as is providing food to those in need. Since COVID began, he has promoted and coordinated a monthly food drive that has been impactful in not only feeding the hungry, but has also fostered sensitivity & compassion among parishioners who may not have been aware there was a growing problem of hunger right there in the community.


St. Thomas More

*Service Award*

Christian Hagen

Chris dedicates so much of his time to support the parish. He serves as a volunteer Sacristan seven days a week. With unwavering commitment, he serves on the Pastoral Council as well as the Finance Committee. He also serves as Chairman of St. Thomas More’s Annual Dinner, helping to coordinate and plan for the event.


*Advocacy Award*

Sr. Kathleen Haughey, SND

Sr. Kathleen is in her 72nd year of religious service as a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. In her lifelong devotion to serving others and living her faith, she has advocated for fair treatment of all, particularly women and children. Aside from her primary mission, she volunteers at a nursing home and makes home visits to shut-ins and those who are ill, visiting, caring for, and sharing the love of Christ with those in need.


St. Veronica


Cathy McClain

 After becoming involved with the Archdiocesan Racial Work Group subcommittee, Cathy McClean of St. Veronica and Bette McKown of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City have worked together to form a solid base for building relationships between their two sister parishes. So far, 11 parishioners from St. Veronica are now Prayer Partners with those at St. Veronica’s, with a goal to move beyond charity to collaborative kingdom-building.