Two longtime leaders get awards from National Black Catholic Congress
Published: August 7, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- Two longtime black leaders in the Catholic Church received national awards during the recent National Black Catholic Congress XI, held in Indianapolis. Beverly A. Carroll, founding director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for African-American Catholics and currently assistant director in their Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, received the congress' inaugural Servant of Christ Award for lifetime achievement in outstanding leadership and service to the Catholic Church in the African-American community. Receiving the same award was Ronald G. Jackson Sr., senior director of government affairs for Catholic Charities USA and former executive director of the D.C. Catholic Conference. Mar Munoz-Visoso, executive director of the cultural diversity secretariat, described Carroll as "an example of the 'good and faithful servant.'" "She is a respected leader in the community and has provided invaluable advice to the bishops' conference on matters concerning the evangelization of African-American Catholics," she added. Bishop John H. Ricard, retired head of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla., and president of the National Black Catholic Congress, said that while working with Jackson during his time with the D.C. Catholic Conference he had "seen firsthand his singular and tireless efforts in advancing the Catholic faith and the Gospel of Jesus Christ." "This award honors many years of exceptional service among his brothers and sisters and recognizes a commitment to continually go above and beyond the call of duty," he added.
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