For more than three decades, Beverly Montana has been giving back to her local parish. On Tuesday, June 14, she was recognized for her efforts at an awards ceremony at St. Jerome Church in New Britain. Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, PhD and the new Provost of Education and Evangelization presented the Archdiocesan Certificate and Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Montana was one of nine members of St. Dominic Church education ministries that were recognized for their service in religious education programs and youth ministry.
Montana received the Light of the World award for her role as youth ministry coordinator for 30 years. For three decades, Montana was responsible for directing the Confirmation program, organizing and directing numerous service events and activities, mentoring the St. Dominic Catholic Youth group, and has taken countless young parishioners on an annual religious retreat program, Steubenville East for many years.
“Mrs. Montana has recently retired as the Coordinator of the St. Dominic Confirmation program,” church officials said in a press release. “She has been an inspiring guide to the youth of St. Dominic parish during her tenure.”
Six religious education teachers and Confirmation class mentors were also recognized from the Southington parish, and each received a Years of Service Award. Donna Prendergast, Mark Proffitt, and Dori Schulze were recognized for 20 years of service with the church. Donna Bowes and Beth McLaughlin were awarded for their 15 years of service, and Christine Ciervo received an award for 10 years of church service.
In addition, two youth members of the parish were also recognized with a Discipleship Award. James Brino and Justine Griffin were honored at the ceremony.
“This award is presented to youth who exemplify future Catholic leaders and models for peers,” officials said in the release.