GREEN BAY — Alexia Wood, executive director of St. John’s Homeless Shelter, will be the first recipient of the St. Thomas More Society of Green Bay’s Faithful Servant Award. The award is given to the person, persons, or group who “… in the course of religious, legal, community, public or human services, has (or have) exemplified in most outstanding fashion the commitments and steadfast dedication of St. Thomas More, to God, family, the community and the law.”
“Honored for the commitment, passion and energy she exudes on behalf of those less fortunate, Wood is a living example of the Gospel mission of St. John’s Shelter,” the society stated in a press release Sept. 16 announcing the award. “Whether or not you’ve worked at Alexia’s side at the shelter or received the gift of her confident, empowering knack for meeting the most marginalized on an even playing field, Wood’s ability to cut through the chaff and get the job done is an inspiration.”
The Faithful Servant Award will be presented to Wood on Oct. 24 at the St. Thomas More Society’s annual dinner at Riverside Ballroom. The dinner follows the society’s annual Red Mass, held at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, with Bishop David Ricken as celebrant, at 5 p.m. It is held “to pray for God’s guidance for those in the legal community and public office in administering their duties with wisdom, justice, fortitude, compassion and counsel,” said the society.
Speaker at this year’s dinner will be George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow at Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of more than 20 books and countless articles. Weigel will speak on the topic: “Religious Freedom in America: Catholic Contributions and Contemporary Ironies.”
The Red Mass and the St. Thomas More Society annual dinner are open to the public. Cost of the dinner is $35 ($30 for members). Deadline for reservations is Oct. 14. To register online, go to stmsgb.com and click on events, or mail reservation and check to the St. Thomas More Society of Green Bay, P.O. Box 22336, Green Bay, WI 54305-2336. For more details call Paul Umentum at (920) 593-2646.