Each year before the Landregan Lecture, the School of Ministry hosts the annual SOM Alumni Reunion. We encourage all School of Ministry alumni, both from our graduate programs and from our Catholic Biblical School and other continuing education programs, to attend. This is a great opportunity to reunite with classmates, network with SOM alumni you have never met, and discover how the School of Ministry is positively impacting the Church of North Texas and beyond!
All School of Ministry Alumni are cordially invited to the
9:00 pm | Upstairs Haggar Dining Room
Immediately Following the Landregan Lecture
Join fellow alumni in fellowship immediately following the 16th annual Landregan Lecture, featuring Rev. John W. O'Malley, S.J., who will present on his popular book "What Happened at Vatican II." RSVP for the SOM Alumni Reunion and we will save you a seat for the lecture!
The winners of the 2014 Lumen Gentium and Dei Verbum Distinguished Alumni Awards will be announced at the beginning of the Landregan Lecture. These awards will be presented to two distinguished School of Ministry alumni, one from our graduate program and another from our Catholic Biblical School, who have exhibited exemplary service to the local church in general, the work of faith formation in particular, and the larger community, especially the poor and needy.
The following distiguished alumni were recognized in 2013 for their exemplary service to the local church in general, the work of faith formation in particular, and the larger community, especially the poor and needy.
2013 Lumen Gentium Award - Lari Newman-Williams
2013 Dei Verbum Award - Mary Elizabeth Morgan
Lari Newman-Williams graduated with the master of pastoral ministry degree in 2007. After serving many years as a catechetical volunteer in the parish, Lari now works as a parish administrator at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Southeast Dallas. Lari returned to the classroom as the first student in the School of Ministry's church management program, a joint venture with the University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. She completed this graduate certificate in 2012. She serves in her parish as a cantor, liturgist, pastoral council member, and volunteer with and advocate for the youth ministry program. She is integrally involved in the black Catholic community, and has chaired the diocesan black Catholic "Come Home for Christmas" initiative. In 2012, she was awarded the Servant of Christ Award in recognition of outstanding leadership and service to the African American Catholic community of Dallas. In 2013, Lari demonstrated her continued support for her alma mater when she began working on a research project on contemporary parish life with undergraduate pastoral ministry majors at the School of Ministry. Lari and her husband Ronnie have been married for 31 years. They have one daughter, Annelle.
Mary Elizabeth Morgan graduated from the School of Ministry Catholic Biblical School in 2013 as part of the first class from the Diocese of Shreveport, LA. Mary is a member of Christ the King Parish in Bossier City, LA, and she currently works as a nurse at the Shriners Hospital in that area. In 1998, she completed the Loyola Institute of Ministry Extension (LIMEX) Program at Chicago Loyola New Orleans. Mary is well-known in the diocese as a self-less and caring minister who is generous with her time and energy for the sake of others. Among other commitments, she is active in assisting with RCIA, prison ministry, home visitations, taking food to the poor, working in a free clinic, learning Spanish to better serve the Hispanic community, and doing Pre-Cana at her home parish. Mary and her husband, Bob, have four grown children and six grandchildren.
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