Congratulations to Jayne Rivers

January 15th, 2011  |  Published in News

On Sunday, January 2nd, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, celebrated the 25th anniversary
of his ordination as bishop by honoring 201 parishioners from parishes and Catholic organizations throughout the Archdiocese of Washington for their dedicated service to the Church. Cardinal Wuerl presented each honoree with an individual award, an engraved glass plaque, following Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The honoree from St. Aloysius Church was Jayne Rivers, a member of the Parish Pastoral Council, Art and Environment Committee, the Pro-Life Committee and the 300th Anniversary Committee, as well as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion and Lector. Congratulations, Jayne, and thank you for answering God’s call to manifest His kingdom.

Excerpts from The Catholic Standard, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 edition

Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated his 25th anniversary as a bishop Jan. 2 by offering a Mass during which he honored about 200 lay people and religious who have made “a living effort to manifest the kingdom of God” by their service to the Church.

For Jayne Rivers, a member of St. Aloysius Parish in Leonardtown, being honored with the Manifesting the Kingdom award “really surprised me. I think there are a lot of well-deserving parishioners.”

For more than 17 years, Rivers has served her parish as a parish council member, Eucharistic minister, lector, and member of her parish’s pro-life, evangelization and art and environment committees.

“This kind of work brings me joy and peace,” she said. “And I hope to be an example. If I can do it, then a lot of people – especially younger people – can do it.”

Cardinal Wuerl established the Manifesting the Kingdom Award while he was bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to recognize parishioners for extraordinary service to their parish. This was the first time the Manifesting the Kingdom Award has been given in the Archdiocese of Washington. Recipients were nominated by their pastors or organization sponsor, and represent Catholic parishes and organizations in the District of Columbia, as well as Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties in Maryland.