Eagle of Cross seeks nominations

YOUNGSTOWN — Nominations are currently being sought for the 25th annual Eagle of the Cross Awards which recognize high school juniors or seniors active in their parish and / or diocesan Catholic school who are role models of Christian leadership.

The awards banquet and liturgy are set for 6 p.m. April 30 in Youngstown.

Nominations must be postmarked by February 13 or delivered to the Diocese of Youngstown no later than 3 p.m. February 15. The nomination form can be downloaded from the office website at: http://youngstownoyyam.weebly.com/eagle-of-cross-awards.html.

Cindy Case, Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the diocese, said the Eagle of the Cross award was originally created by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and is the highest honor the diocese presents to youth who show particular zeal for the improvement of their parish youth ministry program, high school ministry teams or other ministries within the diocese.

The nominees must be practicing Roman Catholics and exemplify the qualities of moral integrity, prayerful / spiritual life, personal outreach to church and community, contribution to parish and / or school programs, and Christian leadership. Involvement in diocesan programs will also be considered.

Teens are nominated by adults who complete short essay questions regarding the nominee’s participation in parish and / or Catholic high school youth ministry programs within the Diocese of Youngstown.

Nominees in the Catholic high school category must attend one of the six Catholic high schools within the six-county Diocese of Youngstown.

Since 1999, 525 youth have received the Eagle of the Cross Award, including a few who have gone on to become priests, seminarians, postulants, parish ministers, parents and outstanding Catholic witnesses in their college and work lives. Lists of previous recipients have been posted at http://youngs townoyyam.weebly.com /eagle-of-cross-awards .html.

The liturgy is open to the public, however the banquet with awards ceremony is by invitation only. For information, contact Case at ccase@youngstown diocese.org, or call 330-744-8451, Ext. 280.