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Each year, Catholic Extension’s Lumen Christi Award celebrates remarkable individuals who, with courage, determination and overflowing hope, unleash the power of faith for communities who cannot do it alone. From the Gulf Shores of Florida to the border towns of Texas, they answer the cries for help, “extending” the Church to some of the most forgotten places in America.

This year, we are privileged to reveal 11 Lumen Christi finalists.   Journey through the inspiring lives of those who, like Christ, came not be served, but to serve. 

Come and see what these stories affirm about our faith.  It is strong.  It is vibrant.  It is growing.

Meet the finalists

Father Roy Lee Snipes

Father Fabian Marquez

Mike Hentges & Steve Smith

Deacon Dr. Don Bouchard

Glenmary Home Missioners

Santa Monica Angels

Deacon John Archer

Father Omar Soto Torres

Sister Barbara Bogenschutz, OP