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 acknowledged in 2014 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. We will honor the winners with plaques at their parishes or most prominent places of ministry in early January 2015, in a special effort to recognize them amongst the community they serve.
2014-2015 Lumen Gentium Award - Kevin Harrington
2014-2015 Dei Verbum Award - Cecilia Rangel
Kevin Harrington - Kevin Harrington graduated with a master of theological studies degree in 1995, but his record of service goes back to his youth. His formative experiences as an active campus ministry leader in college and service as a member of the Happening Youth Retreat team launched a lifetime of ongoing ministry in and for the church. As an active parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Pilot Point, Kevin has served the mission of the church in a host of ways. He has been a catechist of adults and youth, served as a pastoral council member, and contributed professional expertise in administrative areas. He is also a decades-long supporter of retreat ministry through the Catholic Renewal Center of North Texas and Montserrat Jesuit Retreat Center, where he has done everything from maintenance to IT consultation, directed private and group retreats, and served on the boards of directors. Of special import has been Mr. Harrington’s work in ministry with the incarcerated. He has been instrumental in the conduct of many Kairos Retreats in the Texas penal system. He is a passionate and effective advocate for prison ministry, and his gentle but persistent persuasion has drawn dozens of once reluctant volunteers into committed service.
Cecilia Rangel - Cecilia Rangel graduated with the first class from the Escuela Biblica Catolica at the University of Dallas in May of 2010. She became a Eucharistic Minister in 2007, and was eventually asked to create a formation program for Eucharistic Ministers and altar servers in her parish, which she is still in charge of today. In 2011, alongside other University of Dallas Escuela Biblica Catolica alumnus, she founded weekly Bible classes at St. Ann, with an average attendance of 60 people. This November, the program celebrated its third year. Cecilia has also participated as a volunteer in the fundraising efforts of Radio Guadalupe, and most recently as a radio speaker. She is working at St. Ann as Administrative Assistant to the Adult Religious Education Department, while still volunteering by teaching Bible classes, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, and training future Eucharistic Ministers. Cecilia and her husband, Raul, have been married for eight years.
Please join us in congratulating the 2014-2015 Distinguished Alumni!
If you would like to help plan the 2015 reunion, would like to recommend an alumni for the 2015-2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards, or have an idea for another alumni event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.