Parishes will honor St. Maria Goretti Youth Distinction recipients

Special to The Message

The ongoing development of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak forced the Diocese of Evansville to cancel the March 15 St. Maria Goretti Youth Distinction Mass and Conferral Ceremony, which was scheduled for St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville.

In an email to parishes, Diocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Steve Dabrowski said that he and his assistant, Mary Shetler, will be working with parishes to find dates at which recipients can be recognized in their home parishes. OYAYA will make arrangements to have the awards delivered to parishes.

“Cancellation of the Goretti Distinction is unfortunate; however, this decision was made in the best interest of the health and safety of the recipients, their families, guests, and any others who may be present from across the diocese,” Dabrowski said.

The Message will publish a complete list of honorees in a future issue.