April 1, 2016
By Laura Kilgus, Assistant Editor, RI Catholic
Over the next several weeks, Rhode Island Catholic will feature profiles of the 15 winners in the 10 categories of the diocese’s 2016 Lumen Gentium Awards, which formally recognize those who ‘toil in the vineyard’ in service to the Lord, and minister to those in greatest need in their parish or community. The honorees will be awarded during a dinner at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln on Wednesday, May 18. Guests wishing to purchase tickets to the dinner — whose proceeds will benefit St. Martin de Porres Multi-Purpose Center and Fruit Hill Day Care for Seniors — are asked to register online at www.dioceseofprovidence.org/lumen-gentium-awards. For any questions about the event, please call 401-277-2121.
PROVIDENCE — Being told that she had be named a winner for a Lumen Gentium Award was a humbling moment for Peggy Simms. Throughout her life, Simms has served in virtually every aspect of religious education and has planted the seed of faith in generations of young people, explained Msgr. Paul D. Theroux, pastor of Holy Apostles Church in Cranston, who nominated her for the diocesan award in Catholic education.