Lumen Gentium Award Honorees














St. John Neumann is proud to have nominated parishioners Dick and Mary Urbanowski for the 2017 Lumen Gentium Award.  This award is given to lay individuals who exemplify the spirit of Christ.  “The laity, however, are given this special vocation: to make the Church present and fruitful in those places and circumstances where it is only through them that she can become the salt of the earth” (The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church-Lumen Gentium).

Dick and Mary Urbanowski have been dedicated parishioners since 2000, serving in a variety of capacities.  In fact, it would probably be easier to list what they haven’t done to serve the mission of our church. 

Dick has served as the Co-Chairman of our Strategic Planning Committee, a member of the Finance Council, and a member of our Pastoral Council.  He is also a dedicated member of our liturgical volunteers serving as both lector and usher. 

Mary invests her time as a member of our bereavement committee, the Mary and Martha Guild, and also serves the retirement community of Querencia, participating in their Communion services and Masses and generally, brings Christ to those who are unable to attend Mass at St. John Neumann. 

Each year at Easter, Dick and Mary participate in the Polish tradition “Swieconka”, which means “the blessing of the Easter baskets”, one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions.  On Holy Saturday, the food that will be prepared for Easter is blessed in the church and remains untouched according to local traditions until Easter.

Congratulations, Dick and Mary Urbanowski. We at SJN appreciate your dedication through the years and are honored that both of you are recipients of the 2017 Lumen Gentium Award.

The award once given every year is now given every other year, the past recipients are listed below:

2009 – Doug & Marty Murrell

2010 – Bill & Marlene Glade

2011 – Patricia Flathouse

2012 – Vernon & Candy Pohlmeier

2013 – Eric & Carol Ramberg

2015 – Janis Roesslein

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