Congratulations to all the nominees and especially the recipients at the Aug. 21 Stewardship Awards. In comments after the awards were presented, Bishop Curtis Guillory said he was very grateful for not only the recipients but all those that were nominated.

“These are amazing people who put their time, talent and treasure into action in the parish and in the diocese to build the body of Christ,” the bishop said, adding that they were following the instructions Jesus gave them.

“We are blessed. The Lord is pleased,” Bishop Guillory said.

Seven individuals received the Msgr. Richard DeStefano Faithful Steward Award. They are Charlotte Carley, James Prochazka and David Workman of Holy Trinity, Mont Belvieu; Ivette Ramirez, St. Mary, Cleveland; Will Robbins, St. Anne, Beaumont; Antoine Roberts, Our Lady of the Assumption, Beaumont; Riley Rowland, Our Lady of the Pines, Woodville. Ninety-five more from across Southeast Texas were also nominated for the award.

The Bishop Curtis Guillory Parish Award was presented to St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, for its increased ministry to the parish family and the community as well.

St. Mary, Cleveland, stewardship committee received the St. Anthony of Padua Stewardship Committee Award for its work in the parish.

In addition to St. Anthony, other nominees for the parish award were Cristo Rey, Beaumont; Holy Trinity, Mont Belvieu; Our Lady of Guadalupe, Port Arthur; Our Lady of the Pines, Woodville; St. Francis of Assisi, Orange; St. Joseph, Port Arthur; St. Martin de Porres, Cheek; St. Mary, Fannett; St. Mary, Cleveland; and St. Peter the Apostle, Groves.

Two Diocesan Stewardship Council awards were also given out. One was to the family of Fran Landry. Landry, who died in January, was one of the first members of the Council and worked for years to promote stewardship. The second award was given to a special group of stewards affectionately known as the “Stuffers.” They volunteer each month to “stuff” Bishop’s Faith Appeal statements into envelopes. They also “stuff” other items such as the capital campaign statements, yearend tax letters and most recently the 50th anniversary Save the Date magnets.