On December 7th, at a luncheon at the Catholic Center in Raleigh, Kathleen Walsh, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, among the most prestigious awards granted by the Governor of North Carolina.
On behalf of Governor Bev Perdue, State Senator Josh Stein presented the award, which recognizes individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state through contributions to their communities, extra effort in their careers, and many years of service to their organizations.
The award was created in 1965, and its recipients have included poet Maya Angelou, Michael Jordan, Billy Graham, journalist Charles Kuralt and the Most Reverend F. Joseph Gossman, Bishop Emeritus of Raleigh. In a letter accompanying the award plaque, Governor Perdue wrote: “As Executive Director of Catholic Charities, you offer hope and solace to vulnerable citizens. Your compassion is building stronger families and communities across our state and you are an inspiration to all who know you.”
Among those in attendance at the luncheon were Bishop Gossman, Catholic Charities staff and board members, and the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh.
In 2008, Ms. Walsh received the Cross Pro-Ecclesia Et Pontifice from his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in recognition of her “love for the Church, manifested in her commitment to serving those most in need.”
Above, left to right: Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh; NC State Senator Josh Stein; Ms. Kathleen Walsh; Mr. William F. LaPorte of the Catholic Charities Board; Mrs. Justine LaPorte; Most Reverend F. Joseph Gossman, Bishop Emeritus of Raleigh.