Eagle of the Cross Nominations
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

NEWS RELEASE                     144 West Wood Street,
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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor

FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT January y, 2015
SUBJECT Eagle of the Cross Nominations

MORE INFO Cindee Case Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry 330-744-8451 x280


The deadline is quickly approaching for high school juniors and seniors active in their
parish or diocesan Catholic schools to be nominated for the seventeenth annual
Eagle of the Cross awards.Nominations must be posted by February 11th, or
delivered to the diocese by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2015.  The nomination
form can be downloaded from the office website at:

The Eagle of the Cross award was originally created by the National Federation for
Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), and is the highest honor the Diocese of Youngstown
presents to youth who show particular zeal for the improvement of their parish youth
ministry program, high school ministry teams or other ministries within the diocese.

The nominees must be practicing Roman Catholics and exemplify the qualities of
moral integrity, prayerful/spiritual life, personal outreach to church and community,
contribution to parish and/or school programs, and Christian leadership. 
Involvement in diocesan programs will also be considered. 

Nomination for the Eagle of the Cross Award can come from any adult, including
parish staff members, high school personnel, and parishioners.  Each nominator
must complete short essay questions regarding the nominee’s participation in parish
and/or Catholic high school youth ministry programs, as well as providing specific
examples of the qualities mentioned above.

The award is not geared toward quantitative services hours, but to the integrity of
the individual and how well she or he is perceived as an outstanding Catholic
Christian. Please note that nominators must obtain the signature of the
nominee’s pastor for county nominees, or high school principal/president for Catholic
school nominees.  Nominees in the Catholic high school category must attend
one of the six Catholic high schools within the six-county Diocese of Youngstown.

411 youths have received the Eagle of the Cross Award over the sixteen years of 
the program, including a few who have gone on become priests, seminarians,
postulants, parish ministers, parents and outstanding Catholic witnesses in their
college and work lives.   A listing of previous recipients has been posted at

The Eagle of the Cross Award Liturgy and banquet will take place in Youngstown
on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.  The 6:00p.m. Liturgy is open to the public with a
banquet by invitation only.  For more information, contact Cindee Case in
the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry by email,
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone, 330-744-8451, ext. 280.