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2009 Bishop F. Joseph Gossman Awards Presented to School Volunteers

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The 2009 Bishop F. Joseph Gossman Award was presented to volunteers from five Catholic schools in the Diocese of Raleigh. The individuals were honored at a reception and dinner May 8, held at the Fallon Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh. The event was attended by Bishop Emeritus Gossman and Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese of Raleigh.

Those recognized are Mrs. Pam Christenson, Mr. Mark Falgout, Dr. P.K. and Mrs. Ann Lim, Mrs. Monica Mense, and Mrs. Nanette Walsh.

The award was established to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Catholic education in the diocese, through extraordinary service. It could come in the way of time, talent and/or treasure.

Mrs. Christenson has been actively involved in the establishment and maintenance of the school library at St. Mark Catholic School in Wilmington. Since 2002, she has volunteered over 2,800 hours cataloguing books, working the circulation desk and preparing displays. In addition, she created a volunteer area, donated furniture, and designed and mad costumes for the school musical. Staff calls her a blessing to the school.

For the past five years, Mr. Falgout has served as the advisor for the school newspaper at Immaculata School in Durham. Executive Producer for Special Projects with WTVD/ABC-11 in Durham, he guides students in developing creative thinking skills, effective research and reporting techniques and inspired written articles. Mr. Falgout is also involved with the school’s major fundraiser “Filmfest.” His nomination form noted, “Mr. Falgout is an excellent example of selfless giving that benefit others.”

Dr. and Mrs. Lim have been actively involved with Sacred Heart Cathedral School since their three children attended the school. Both have provided many years of volunteer service. Mrs. Lim is a classroom volunteer and chief organizer of “International Night”. Dr. Lim works with the state-ranked Science Olympiad team and served on a committee to refurbish the middle school science lab. According to the school’s principal, “They truly put into action their baptismal mandate-to serve God and others.”

Mrs. Mense has been associated with Our Lady of Lourdes School for the past 17 years, volunteering in a variety of capacities. They include Science Olympiad coach, homeroom parent, substitute teacher, receptionist and Catholic Schools Week coordinator. She continues to live the gospel value of stewardship to school and parish.

Mrs. Walsh was nominated by St. Patrick School in Fayetteville for her many years of volunteerism, including service as President and Vice President of the parent volunteer organization, youth group leader, Cub Scout representative, field trip chaperone and tutor to individual students. According to the school principal, “Mrs. Walsh is an amazing steward for all at St. Patrick Catholic School and an ongoing testimony of God’s abundant goodness.”

In receiving the award, a $500 grant will be awarded in the name of each honoree to the scholarship fund of the school.

Above: Msgr. David D. Brockman, Dr. and Mrs. P.K. Lim, Mrs. Pam Christenson, Mr. Mark Falgout, Bishop Emeritus F. Joseph Gossman, Mrs. Monica Mense, Ms. Kelly Walsh (daughter of Mrs. Nanette Walsh), and Dr. Michael Fedewa, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.