Cathedral of the Holy Cross, South Boston (November 20, 2011) - In recognition of service to the Catholic community in the Boston Archdiocese, 96 people received a Cheverus Award Medal from Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley during a 3 p.m. prayer service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Established in 2008, in conjunction with the archdiocese's bicentennial celebration, the Cheverus Award is named after the first Bishop of Boston, Jean-Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus. Bishop Cheverus led the diocese from 1808 until his return to his native France in 1824.

The award is given to lay people, deacons and religious in parishes and other archdiocesan ministries for their service to the Church and the people of God. Recipients are nominated by pastors, regional bishops and the central ministries of the archdiocese. Cardinal O'Malley also chooses some of the recipients personally.

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