The UD School of Ministry will recognize two alumni for their exemplary service to
the local church through faith formation and ministry to the needy this month. Cecilia
Rangel, a graduate of the four-year continuing education Catholic Biblical School
program, will be honored with the Dei Verbum Award, and Kevin Harrington, who earned
a master of theological studies in 1995, will receive the Lumen Gentium Award. Rangel
(at right, in blue) was honored on Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Parish in
Coppell, Texas. Harrington was honored Jan. 18 at 11 a.m at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic
Church in Pilot Point, Texas.
Our distinguished alumni live out the School of Ministrys mission to educate and form
ministers able to share the ancient traditions of the Catholic faith with 21st century
people, said Dean Theodore Whapham.
Harringtons formative experiences as a campus ministry leader in college launched
a lifetime of service to the church. As an active parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas
Catholic Church, Harrington 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. Additionally, Harrington has conducted retreats for those
incarcerated in the Texas penal system. Harrington has a long and distinguished career
as an information technology executive with Oracle.
Rangel graduated with the first class from the Escuela Biblica Catolica, the Spanish
language Catholic Biblical School program, at the University of Dallas in 2010. A
longtime Eucharistic minister, she also created a formation program for Eucharistic
ministers and altar servers in her parish, which she still runs. In 2011, with other
University of Dallas Escuela Biblica Catolica alumni, she founded weekly Spanish Bible
classes at St. Ann Catholic Parish, with a current average attendance of 60 people.
Rangel has also participated as a volunteer in the fundraising efforts of the Guadalupe
Radio Network and, most recently, as a radio speaker. She works at St. Ann as an administrative
assistant to the Adult Religious Education Department. Rangel and her husband, Raul,
have been married for eight years.