The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Eagle of the Cross Award. The Eagle of the Cross, created by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and introduced to the diocese in 1999, is given each year to a group of extraordinary high school juniors and seniors who model the dedication, integrity, values and promise for Church and society. The award is presented to teens in the six counties of the Diocese of Youngstown who model Christian discipleship and exemplify the qualities of moral integrity, prayer, good works and Christian leadership in their school and parish communities. While a limited number of recipients are chosen for the Eagle of the Cross Award, they represent many admirable young people around the diocese.
This year’s twenty-nine recipients were chosen from 72 nominations that highlighted parish, school, and community youth involvement. A maximum of two Eagle of the Cross Awards are presented to students in each of the six diocesan Catholic high schools, and up to three involved in the parishes in each of the six counties of the diocese. The recipients of the 2019 Eagle of the Cross Award, as well as all of the nominees, are commended for their positive witness to their Catholic Christian faith and the value of youth involvement in parish, school and community.
The following teens will be presented the 2019 Eagle of the Cross Award at the 21st Annual Eagle of the Cross Awards Liturgy and Banquet on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, 343 Via Mount Carmel in Youngstown. The banquet is by invitation only, but the liturgy celebrated by the Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J. with more than twenty priests, which begins at 6:00 p.m., is open to the public.
2019 Eagle of the Cross Award Recipients:
Name Grade High School Parish/City
Recipients demonstrating outstanding involvement in the parish and larger community:
Virgina Katherine Grier 12 Jefferson St. Joseph Calasanctius
Sarah Ann Riley 12 St. John Our Lady of Peace
Asher G. Searles 12 Edgewood Senior Our Lady of Peace
Jaret Lane 12 Carrollton St. John the Evangelist
William John Todd 12 East Liverpool Holy Trinity
Patricia Ann Carr 12 Columbiana St. Jude
Bridget Bobovnyik 12 Canfield St. Christine
Nicholas Matiussi 12 Austintown Fitch St. Joseph, Austintown
Edward Odom 12 Austintown Fitch St. Brendan
Marley Berczik 12 Streetsboro St. Joan of Arc, Streetsboro
Logan Orlowski 12 Home-schooled St. Ambrose
Katherine Julia Flickinger 11 Central Catholic SS. Philip and James
Matthew Hersher 12 Massillon Washington St. Joseph, Massillon
Abigail Noel Marchand 12 Perry St. Anthony/All Saints
Bridget DePascale 12 Champion St. William
Cullen Faulk 11 Warren G. Harding Blessed Sacrament
Nicholas J. Muscarella 11 John F. Kennedy Catholic Blessed Sacrament
Recipients demonstrating outstanding involvement in a diocesan Catholic school:
Name Grade Parish/City
Canton Central Catholic High School: (Stark County)
Maggie Joy Paul 12 St. Joseph, Massillon
Joseph Roth 12 St. Mary, Massillon
Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School: (Mahoning County)
Brooke Chandler 12 Holy Family, Poland
Aaron Pepperney 12 Holy Family, Poland
:John F. Kennedy Catholic High School: (Trumbull County)
Ashley Lytle 11 Blessed Sacrament
Scott Andrew Mintus 11 St. William
Saint John Catholic High School: (Ashtabula County)
Emma Kosicek 12 Our Lady of Peace
Connor Kovach 12 St. Joseph Calasanctius
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School: (Stark County)
Quinn Li Lamp 12 St. Louis
Elizabeth Wheeler 12 St. Louis
Ursuline Catholic High School: (Mahoning County)
Stephen Babik 12 Our Lady of Sorrows
Jarod Evan Day 12 Immaculate Heart of Mary
The parents, nominators, teachers, mentors, pastors and youth ministers of these youth are also congratulated for inspiring such outstanding teens.
For more information on the Eagle of the Cross Awards, or other programs of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, contact Cindee Case, Director, at 330-744-8451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editors: Media is welcome and encouraged to cover the Liturgy on April 30, 6:00 p.m., at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown. Approximately 230 people will be in attendance, including more than 20 priests concelebrating with Bishop Murry. Please have staff check in with Cindee Case upon arrival.