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Bishop F. Joseph Gossman Awards Presented to School Volunteers

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The 2010 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 7, 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 Judge Joseph E. Blick, Jr., Mrs. Melanie Freddoso, Mr. Alan Gregory, Mr. David Kierski and Mrs. Elisabeth Murray.

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

Judge Joseph E. Blick, Jr. has been a significant presence at Saint Peter Catholic School in Greenville. He has taught CCD class, worked with the youth group and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He was integral in starting the football team at Saint Peter and is currently the head coach, a position he has held since the team’s inception ten years ago. This spring he has taken on coaching the baseball team.

Mrs. Melanie Freddoso has been involved with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School for the past twelve years. She has served the school as a classroom volunteer, room parent and the Special Person’s Day coordinator. She has also designed the program for the auction and coordinated the items for the event. Mrs. Freddoso has been the organizer for the Home and School supply box fundraiser. In addition, Mrs. Freddoso serves the parish as the altar server coordinator, Eucharistic minister and as a member of the church choir.

Mr. Alan Gregory has been involved in Saint Mark Catholic Church and School in Wilmington since its inception. Recently he helped plan and construct the school playground. He started the Saint Mark Booster Club and served as President. Mr. Gregory initiated a Veteran’s Day breakfast to honor our country’s servicemen. His children have attended Saint Mark Catholic School since it opened. During this time, Mr. Gregory has given generously of his time, talent and treasure in support of the school. He has organized banquets to recognize students, helped coach a variety of sports, and contributes to the schools tuition assistance fund.

Mr. David Kierski is a retired U.S.A.F fighter pilot. He assists Saint Mary Catholic School in many ways, never seeking any kind of recognition for all that he does. For the past three years he has served as coordinator of the soccer program. He also coached the Junior Varsity basketball team for the last two years. Mr. Kierski has been an active member of the Saint Mary School Commission, serving as chair and contributing member. He currently serves on a sub-committee involved with the long-range plan for the school. He has produced brochures, posters, and a website to help with the marketing efforts of the school.

Mrs. Elisabeth Murray has been a part of Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Burlington for the last fifteen years. She has served as a room mother, auction coordinator, and year round volunteer. For three years she has planned the Medieval Festival. She has opened her home to the faculty and has hosted many of the year end parties and graduation picnics. She continues to provide time to the students of Blessed Sacrament Catholic School even though all of her children have graduated. Mrs. Murray has maintained her involvement with the chorus for the last six years by providing props and costumes, choreographing and percussion accompaniment.

A $500 grant was awarded in the name of each honoree to the scholarship fund of his or her school.

Above: Left to Right: Dr. Michael J. Fedewa, Superintendent of Catholic Schools; Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese of Raleigh; Mr. Alan Gregory; Mrs. Elisabeth Murray; Mr. David Kierski; Mrs. Melanie Freddoso; Judge Joseph Blick, Jr.; Most Reverend F. Joseph Gossman, Bishop Emeritus of Raleigh.