2017 Champions of Catholic Education!

Fr. Seamus Kerr


The 2017 Special Champion Honoree is Fr. Seamus Kerr. Fr. Kerr currently resides at Holy Apostles in East Wenatchee, but has lifted up education in eight different parishes since his ordination in 1960. According to Lynn Stecker of St. Rose of Lima Parish, “Fr. Kerr loves the kids, the Mass, Mary, and Ireland and he has passed a love for all of them on to the children.” She says, “No one really knows the extent of what he has done to uplift Catholic education.”

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Whose Praises Do You Want To Sing?

Who is inspiring the youth in your parish?
Who is the first to come to school and the last to leave?
Who do you know that is living their faith generously in their support of Catholic Education?

Nominations for Champion of Catholic Education Awards are always accepted. Nominations received after June 15 will be considered for 2018. The Champion of Education Awards honor and celebrate individuals for their outstanding efforts, contributions, and achievements on behalf of Catholic school and parish education.

Awards are presented annually during the Celebration of Faith event at the Yakima Convention Center.

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The St. Thomas Aquinas Award is presented to an individual/couple who has been a major benefactor of Catholic education in Central Washington.

The St. John Baptist De La Salle Award is presented to those who have excelled as educators in our Catholic schools.

The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award is presented to those who have dedicated their time, talent and treasure to religious education, faith formation and RCIA programs in their parishes.