WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ms. Marlys Dewor, a longtime civilian employee of the U.S. Army Headquarters in Europe, and primary U.S. point of contact for the annual International Military Pilgrimage (PMI) to Lourdes, has been nominated for Catholic Extension’s 2016 Lumen Christi Award. Now in its 39th year, the Lumen Christi Award honors an individual or group working in one of America’s mission dioceses who demonstrates how the power of faith can transform lives and communities. Each of this year’s 48 nominees will receive a Catholic Extension grant of at least $1,000 with which to pursue their ministries. Finalists, to be chosen next month, will each receive $10,000. The ultimate award recipient, to be named in the fall, will receive $25,000 with another $25,000 going to the winner’s diocese.
Ms. Dewor was nominated by His Excellency, the Most ReverendTimothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services. Friends of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA(AMS), may show their support by voting for Ms. Dewor on theCatholic Extension Facebook page. Voting will close at midnight on April 22, 2016.
Ms. Dewor has served as a U.S. coordinator for the International Military Pilgrimage for more than 15 years. During that time, she has helped thousands of wounded warriors make the journey to the healing waters in Lourdes, France. The pilgrimage began as a gesture of reconciliation between France and Germany after World War II, and has grown to an annual attendance of 12,000 participants from three dozen countries gathering to pray for peace and healing. Using her French fluency to coordinate with other hosts, and by cooperating with theKnights of Columbus to encourage military personnel and veterans, Ms. Dewor supports management of all logistics so participants can focus on prayer. In 2001, Pope Saint John Paul II recognized Ms. Dewor’s service to the Church when he appointed her as a Dame of Saint Gregory the Great.
In his letter of nomination, Archbishop Broglio wrote:
“… During this jubilee year of mercy it is appropriate to recognize her contributions that have brought so many back to the Sacraments.
“Marlys is a full-time civilian employee at the Headquarters of the U.S. Army in Europe, serving as the International Operations Manager. Her dedication to her work as well as her efforts to make time to coordinate and promote the military pilgrimage keeps the U.S. Military throughout Europe and the United States well informed of the requirements for participation. Over the past few years Maryls has been instrumental in collaborating with the Knights of Columbus to enable the participation of wounded warriors through scholarship and companionship, which has significantly enhanced their spiritual healing.”
Voting for Ms. Dewor on the Catholic Extension Facebook page is simple: Go on Facebook and “Like” Catholic Extension’s page to view all nominees by clicking “LCA Nominees” and then “view entries.” Scroll down and click on Ms. Dewor’s entry. You’ll be taken to her page where you can cast your vote by clicking the blue “vote” button. Share your vote on your own Facebook wall and ask those in your network to vote, t