Holy Name Society honors members

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - Updated: 1:43 pm

By JOHN FRANKO Staff Writer

We live in a world that has little regard for God and things that are sacred, said Auxiliary Bishop William Waltersheid. But by invoking the name of Jesus, we fight evil and pave the way for the glory of God.

“Every time we hear his holy name it should give us great comfort and strength,” he said during the 57th awards ceremony for the Pittsburgh Diocesan Union of the Holy Name Society March 31 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.

Bishop Waltersheid noted that, through works of charity, we are the extension of the church into people’s lives. We become Christ’s hands, heart and voice.

“The Holy Name Society does that in spades,” he said. “You do it over and over and over again.”

Honored with the Pittsburgh Diocesan Holy Name Medallion Circle Award were Capuchin Father John Harvey, administrator of the Bloomfield/Garfield/Lawrenceville/Polish Hill grouping; and Father Vincent Velas, retired pastor of St. Patrick Parish in McKeesport; Alan Cumbey of St. Monica Parish in Beaver Falls; and Matt Davey of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Meadow Lands.

Receiving the Pittsburgh Diocesan Holy Name Award were Beverly Bronder of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Green Tree; John Criscuoeo of St. Patrick (McKeesport); June and Frank Papciak of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park (Plum); Antonia Vallone of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal; and Ronald Zielinski of Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.

The Pittsburgh Diocesan Catholic Youth Award was presented to Gabrielle Meyers Pomfret of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and Tyler Samaroo of Our Lady of Joy.

Honored with the Pittsburgh Diocesan Holy Name Life Service Award were Bill Biedenbach and Joe Nardozzi of St. Margaret of Scotland; Mike Kubacki of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal; and Mike Kuglics of St. Monica.

The Papciaks were the first to receive an award as a couple. “There’s nothing more precious than Jesus,” June said. “Without Jesus and the graces from him we wouldn’t accomplish anything.”

By witnessing the name of Jesus, she added, we realize we carry everything through him, with him and in him. “To be able to go out and bring his joy and love into the world is a gift,” she said.

Said Frank: “We’re just supporting our faith community and doing what God asks us to do.”

The gathering was held in memory of Father Kenneth Keene, a faithful supporter of the Holy Name Society.

The Holy Name Society promotes respect for the name of God; devotion to the Eucharist; faith in the Catholic Church and the magisterium; loyalty to one’s country; and respect for all authority, civil and religious. The diocesan director is Father William Siple. The president is Bob Crawford, and Jim McClory is vice president. Don Shaw serves as treasurer.

For information, call 412-444-5051 or e-mail hnsdiopitt@gmail.com. Information on the National Association of the Holy Name Society can be found at www.nahns.com.

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