US Navy Chaplain Father Daniel L. Mode has advanced to the final round of consideration for Catholic Extension’s 2014 Lumen Christi Award. Catholic Extension has named Father Mode among nine finalists selected from a field of 38 nominees. Friends of the AMS showed their support by voting for Father Mode on the Catholic Extension Facebook page and now await the organization’s final decision.
Now in its 37th year, the Lumen Christi—Latin for “Light of Christ”—is presented annually to a priest, lay person, woman religious, or group whose service builds faith, inspires hope, and ignites change. In keeping with Catholic Extension’s goal of supporting poor mission dioceses throughout the United States, each finalist will receive $10,000 to support the recipient’s pastoral work and ministry. The winner, to be chosen from the finalists in the fall, will receive a $50,000 grant, with the honoree and nominating diocese each receiving $25,000 to enhance a specific area of ministry. Before awarding the grant, Catholic Extension will discuss and agree upon use of the grant with both the recipient and the recipient’s diocese.