Four from Mount St. Charles Academy receive national awards by Bishop Tobin

Four from Mount St. Charles Academy receive national awards by Bishop Tobin

Students and a faculty member at Mount Saint Charles Academy receive national awards from Diocese of Providence's Office of Catholic Youth Ministry. From left are Kristen Rodrigues, teacher Gregory Cooney, Zachary Larivee and Emily Boni.

WOONSOCKET - Four members of the Mount St. Charles community received national awards from the Diocese of Providence's Office of Catholic Youth Ministry. Gregory Cooney, a teacher in Mount's Fine Arts Department, received The Companions on the Journey Award. In addition, Emily Boni, Kristen Rodrigues, and Zachary Larivee, all seniors, received The St. Timothy Award. They were presented with their awards by Bishop Tobin at the Catholic Youth Ministry and Scout Awards celebration at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence on March 2.

The Companions on the Journey Award that Cooney received is the highest National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry adult award given by the Diocese for excellence in youth ministry, commitment to young people, outstanding leadership, longevity in ministry, and commitment to ongoing education and formation. The St. Timothy Award, also from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, is a national award given for exhibiting Catholic morals and integrity, exhibiting leadership, setting a positive example for others, and demonstrating service to others. It is the highest honor a diocese may present to Catholic youths who are junior or seniors in high school or are in their early college years. Fifteen students received the award this year, three of whom were from Mount.

"We are very proud that Kristen, Zachary, Emily and Mr. Cooney are part of our school community and live their Catholic faith," said Ed Burke, Mount St. Charles principal. "In their roles, Kristen, Zach, and Emily as students, and Mr. Cooney as a member of the Mount faculty, they are all exceptional witnesses to their faith."