Nominate diocesan youths for awards

Staff report


The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (OY&YAM) of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is accepting nominations for the 15th annual presentation of the Eagle of the Cross Awards.

This award was originally created by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), and is the highest honor the diocese presents to youths. The Eagle of the Cross awards are given annually in the Diocese of Youngstown to high school juniors and seniors who show particular zeal in the improvement of their parish youth ministry program, high school ministry teams or other ministries within the diocese.

During 14 years of the program, 353 youths have been awarded the Eagle of the Cross including some who have gone on to become priests, seminarians, postulants, parish ministers, parents, and outstanding Catholic witnesses in their college and work lives.

The nominees must be practicing Catholics and exemplify the qualities of moral integrity, prayerful/spiritual life, personal outreach to church and community, contribution to parish and/or school programs, and Christian leadership. Involvement in diocesan programs will also be considered.

Nomination for the Eagle of the Cross Award can come from any adult, including parish staff members, high school personnel, parishioners, family members and peers.

Each nominator must complete short essay questions regarding the nominee’s participation in parish and/or Catholic high school youth ministry programs, as well as providing specific examples of the qualities mentioned above.

The award is not geared toward quantitative service hours, but to the integrity of the individual and how well she or he is perceived as an outstanding Catholic Christian.

The nomination form can be downloaded from the diocesan website at

Nominators must obtain the signature of the nominee’s pastor for parish nominees, or high school principal/president for Catholic school nominees.

Nominees in the Catholic high school category must attend one of the six Catholic high schools within the six-county Diocese of Youngstown.

Nominations must be postmarked by Feb. 12 or delivered to the diocese by 3 p.m. Feb. 15.

The Eagle of the Cross Awards liturgy, which is open to the public, and banquet, by invitation, will be April 18.

For information, contact Cindee Case in the OY&YAM by email at or call 330-744-8451, ext. 280.

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