On August 11, at 10:30 AM Mass, Ms. Lauren Devine was presented with the St. Timothy Award at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Every year, each parish may submit the name of a youth in his/her senior year of high school that has shown particular zeal in the improvement of his/her own parish ministry to youth. From these nominations, a committee appointed by the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministries selects a youth who best characterizes the goals of our diocesan youth ministries to be presented the St. Timothy Award. It is the highest recognition from the NFCYM for a diocese to confer upon a Junior High or High School youth (ages 13-18).
Lauren was nominated by her Pastor because of her great involvement in the life of the Church. As an 8th grader here at St. Francis to be Confirmed into the Catholic faith, although her family is not. She has been a member of the St. Francis Youth Group since 7th Grade and remained active until her graduation from Saint Benedict at Auburndale last May. Lauren has been a member of the SEARCH team for our Diocese for two years. This past year she served as a co-leader and attends each. She has attended all four years the Steubenville youth conferences and attended this year and has also applied for LEAD. LEAD is a week-long event leading up to the conference and deepens the youth faith. She helps and guides her peers in positive ways and in deepening their faith. She intends to bring her faith and her leadership this fall to the University of North Alabama.