Mimi Ariens receives ‘Heart of Jesus Award’ from Spiritus Ministries

Ministry program to host virtual event on April 27

Spiritus missionaries pose for a photo with Mimi Ariens at her home in Brillion April 13. Ariens was named winner of the 2021 “Heart of Jesus Award” by Spiritus Ministries. Also pictured from left to right are Jack Lawlis, Matthew Uchytil, Abbie Arribe, Rose Heid and Becky Panuska.

MENASHA — Spiritus Ministries has announced that Mimi Ariens is the recipient of its 2021 “Heart of Jesus Award.” The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the mission of Spiritus/Mount Tabor Center. 

Spiritus is a ministry of the nonprofit Mount Tabor Center Inc. and is committed to a twofold mission: to inspire young Catholics to spread the Gospel and to form young adults to be lifelong missionary disciples and leaders. The Spiritus ministry is made up of 15 young adult Catholics who offer their time and talents to lead youth to Jesus by giving retreats and youth ministry programs throughout Wisconsin.

The public is invited to watch a special virtual  event hosted by Spiritus Ministries which will begin  at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, at youtube.com/spiritusministries. 

In addition to honoring Ariens’ contributions, the Heart of Jesus event is an opportunity to learn more about the mission of Spiritus. The evening will include video footage of Ariens receiving the Heart of Jesus Award, testimonials from current Spiritus missionaries and other opportunities to learn more about how this powerful ministry is changing lives. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Mimi and Michael Ariens made their first gift to Mount Tabor Center in 2004. Encouraged by Auxiliary Bishop Robert Morneau, Mimi joined the board of directors and used her development experience and connections to help grow the ministry.

When Eden Foord, Spiritus director, presented the idea of Spiritus ministry to the board, Mimi and Michael’s support of the new program was essential, said Katherine Foord, assistant director and director of donor relations. “Mimi champions this ministry by consistently contributing her time, talent, and treasure,” she noted.

“The generosity of Mimi Ariens and her family inspired over 50,000 young Catholics, formed more than 110 missionaries and spread the light of Christ’s love throughout our communities,” added Foord. “Mimi’s ongoing support of Mount Tabor Center and the mission of Spiritus demonstrates her hope in the youth, her devotion to Jesus,and her love of the Catholic Church.” Michael Ariens died in 2015.

“Spiritus, for me, has always been an instrument of love, promoting growth in faith for all generations,” said Ariens.


For more information contact Katherine Foord at (920) 722-8918 or [email protected]