Papal Honors given to AMS Worker for Exceptional Service

Ms. Ruth Noemi Juarez receives Benemerenti Medal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ms. Ruth Noemi Juarez of Wheaton, Maryland, an employee of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) for twenty-two years, received a papal decoration Friday for her long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church. Ms. Juarez is Assistant Director of the AMS Office of Sacramental Records, where she has worked since 1990.

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, presented Ms. Juarez the Benemerenti Medal and a decree, signed by Msgr. Peter Wells, Assessore of General Affairs of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, during a noon Mass at the AMS chancery in northeast Washington, D.C.

The Benemerenti is a merit-medal instituted in the 19th Century by Pope Gregory XVI. The medal, attached to a ribbon bearing the papal colors of yellow and gold, depicts Jesus Christ standing between two images of the official crossed-key insignia of the Vatican.

Upon receiving the award, Ms. Juarez said:

“After I was told about this award people started congratulating me, emailing me and telling me how I deserved it, how I’ve done a good job over the past 22 years, but the truth is, it’s never been about me. All I did was what the Holy Scripture says, in the Gospel of Matthew: ‘Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.’ And that is all I’ve ever tried to do when I come to work—glorify God. And this award is for His glory, and His alone.”

The AMS was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 to provide the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to Catholics serving in the U.S. armed forces, enrolled in U.S. military academies, undergoing treatment in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers, working for the U.S. Government in civilian jobs outside of the country, and their families.

As the nation’s only archdiocese without geographical boundaries, the AMS endorses priests for on-site ministry at more than 350 locations throughout the country and around the world. Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to serve their spiritual and sacramental needs.

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