Bishop Nelson Perez celebrated the annual Christmas Mass for diocesan Cathedral Square Plaza employees on Dec. 14 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. After Mass, employees hired during 2018 were recognized, as well as those with five, 10, 15, 25, 30, 35 and 45 years of service to the diocese. Employees also enjoyed a lunch buffet at the Westin Hotel.
“Each of us is called to serve the Church. It can be hard to say our ordinary, daily work has anything to do with the salvation of souls, but it does. It supports the work of the Church. I thank you for those little moments. It’s all part of preparing the Lord’s vineyard,” Bishop Perez said.
“Do not underestimate the day-to-day unfolding of your ministry. God works through us, in us and despite us,” he added.
Employees who received a recognition gift for years of service to the diocese are:
Five years: Nathan Edinger, Stephen Eyerman, Olga Kurilov, Jeanne Marie Miles, Jennifer Miraglotta, Debora Ratliff, Colleen Rigo and Kevin Tyson.
10 years: Cathy Brown, Dolores Bruno and Sharon Minson.
15 years: William Hudson, Janielle Jones, Theresa Preskar and Donna Speagle.
25 years: Denise Smithberger, Sharla Thomas and Debra Zack.
30 years: Dorothy Rodriguez and Father Gary Yanus.
35 years: Christine Budziak.
45 years: Sally Benninger.