Jessica Pedroza (from left), Erin Cunnea, Therese Bueno, Cayla Smith, Allyson Avants and Suzanne Dwyer, all Mother McAuley students, recently attended a banquet for Vicariate V Youth Leadership awardees. Jazay McBride was unable to attend the banquet. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 28, 2014 6:03AM
Seven Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School students recently received Vicariate V Youth Leadership Awards from the Archdiocese of Chicago, according to a press release from the school.
Seniors Allyson Avants (Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community), Therese Bueno (Orland Park) and Cayla Smith and juniors Erin Cunnea (Crestwood), Suzanne Dwyer (Tinley Park), Jazay McBride (Dolton) and Jessica Pedroza (Orland Park) received the awards for their leadership and participation in campus ministry at McAuley from the Rev. Andrew P. Wypych, auxiliary bishop of Chicago.
The Vicariate V Youth Leadership Awards are granted once a year. Each student is nominated for the award based on her work in youth ministry programs in 10 categories: advocacy, catechesis, community life, evangelization, service and social justice, peer ministry, parish/leadership development, pastoral care, prayer and worship or young adult ministry/jóvenes.
These categories are important components of a comprehensive youth ministry program, the press release said.
Avants, Dwyer and Smith were recognized in the Peer Ministry category by McAuley Campus Minister Michelle Hilliard. This category is for youth who are members of a leadership board/council, peer ministry team or planning committee for youth events and activities.
Bueno, Cunnea, McBride and Pedroza were recognized in the Prayer and Worship category, which awards teens who share their gifts in the setting of liturgical celebrations in active roles such as lector, Eucharistic minister, cantor, choir member, musician, altar server or greeter. All four students are involved as liturgical musicians and/or liturgical dancers at every McAuley liturgy and prayer service.
The Vicariate V Youth Leadership Awards Banquet included dinner, prayer, “Witness of Faith” essays, and an awards ceremony led by Wypych, the release said.