Knights of Columbus Council 10567 honored its 2014 award recipients after the 10 p.m. Mass on Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Recognized were Larry Cannon, Knight of the Year; Joe and Anna Dush, Family of the Year; and Doris Moody, Colombo Service Award.
The Knights also recognized Jeffery Blanchard and Fernando Medina as the 2014 recipients of the Louis N. Muro Memorial Scholarship.
The awards were given out by Council 10567 Grand Knight Greg Brasher.
The Louis N. Muro Memorial Scholarshiprecipients are two outstanding young men. Jeffery Blanchard is the son of Dale and Jane Blanchard and the grandson of Charles and Peggy Blanchard. Jeff has been a leader at Minor High School and in the SPIRIT Youth group here at St. Patrick. He is an Eagle Scout and was a member of the National Honor Society with a 3.84 GPA while at Minor. Jeffery plans to attend the University of Alabama this fall.
Fernando Medina participated in the Science Olympiad and was a member of the Student Council at Minor High School. He has been active in community activities, serving as a team leader on the Village Creek Cleanup project. He also was president of the Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.). Fernand plans to attend the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
Jeffrey and Fernando become the 38th and 39th recipients of this scholarship that was instituted in 1995. The scholarship recognizes academic achievement and service to church and community and is named in honor of Louis N. Muro, the Charter Grand Knight of our Council.
The Family of the Year honorees Joseph and Anna Dush have a very unique story.
Their story is one you should find in great romance novels or storybooks. But their story is real and so is their love. Joe and Anna dated in high school and even went to the prom together. She was Jewish and he was Catholic. That fact led her family to force them apart and they both reluctantly went their separate ways. More than 50 years, almost a lifetime later, they found each other again, and this time there was no keeping them apart. They married and Anna became a Catholic after going through the RCIA program this past year. Joe and Anna both persevered to find their love and they found strength through their faith in God. Their genuine love combined with their faith and love of God is an example for all Catholic families to look to for inspiration.
Knight of the Year Larry Cannon is one of the most dedicated members of the St. Patrick faith family.
What a year he had. He headed Lenten Day of Service, he was co-chairperson of Springfest, he sponsored an RCIA candidate through the entire process of becoming a Catholic. He served the Knights of Columbus as Family Director, as a member of the Board of Trustees, he was chairperson of the 2013 Dinner Dance, and was a delegate to the Knights of Columbus State Convention. Larry was just recently named the statewide Family Director for the Alabama State Knights of Columbus.
No better testament to Larry’s impact on Council 10567 is the fact that he has recruited 19 men into the Knights of Columbus during the past five years.
In 1995, Council 10567 established the annual Colombo Service Award, honoring a St. Patrick parishioner for a lifetime of service to church, the diocese and the community. The award is named in honor of Lou Colombo, a great music minister and one of the founding fathers of the Council at St. Patrick.
This year’s recipient, Mrs. Doris Moody, has an outstanding legacy of service.
It was Lou Colombo who asked Doris to learn to play the piano for a “Nifty Fifties” program that the choir was putting on many years ago. She had only taken organ lessons and had never played the piano. But she honored his request as she has honored the requests of so many down through the years.
Doris and her husband Eddy were founding members of St. Patrick and raised three sons, Matthew, Jonathan and Daniel at this church. They now also have one granddaughter Sofia.
Doris’s service extends far beyond St. Patrick. She served on the Board of Directors of John Carroll Catholic High School from 1996-2002 and, through her company, SchoolinSites, was instrumental in providing a free web site to the 27 schools in the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham. She is a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation and is currently in charge of the organization’s newsletter, event planning, web site, and social media. She has taken a leadership role in a new statewide initiative called “A State of Teal” that is focused on raising awareness to the symptoms of ovarian cancer by approaching municipalities, businesses, communities, and other foundations to get involved.
At St. Patrick, her list of areas of service is endless: Her music ministry began at age 8 at St. Anthony’s and she has provided music ministry all these years at weekend masses, weddings, funerals, and special events. She developed and implemented a state-of-the-art web site for St. Patrick and continues to maintain its content and improve its effectiveness. She has been the parish’s “unofficial” photographer and videographer and has been active and a key figure at just about every major parish function over the years.
This is only a partial list of the legacy of service that Doris has provided to her faith community. For more than 40 years, she has ALWAYS been present. Doris has been there for her church, her diocese, her community, her family, and for her friends.
For her lifelong service to our parish and our Catholic community, Council 10567 is proud to honor our great friend Doris Moody with the Knights of Columbus Colombo Service Award.
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