Two high school seniors in the Catholic Diocese of Memphis were recently presented the St. Timothy Award, the highest honor a youth can receive from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. Miss Casey Rogers from St. Ann Church in Bartlett in the Memphis Deanery and Mr. Dan McDonough Jr. from St. Jude Church in Martin in the Jackson Deanery were recently recognized at their parishes. The two young people were chosen from a group of 11 seniors in the diocese who were selected as the outstanding senior in their parishes.
Casey Rogers has been very active in her parish’s youth ministry program as a leader. She assisted in the eighth grade confirmation retreat as the youth witness speaker and as a small group leader. She also participated in the Sunday Social for the Disabled the past four years. On the diocesan level, this young lady participated in the SEARCH retreat program, serving as part of team and crew during her junior year and as co-director in her senior year. She also attended Leadership Camp, serving as a TIM (Teen in Ministry) for the past three years and as a youth rep for the Office of Youth Ministries this year. Rogers has attended the One Bread, One Cup retreat the past three years, subsequently serving as a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Ann Church and St. Agnes Academy. She has also participated in the National Catholic Youth Conference for the last two years.
Dan McDonough has been very active in his parish’s youth ministry program, rarely missing a youth meeting in the last five years, helping in the planning of those meetings. He asked for more in-depth religion classes for the older youth, which led to the creation of a Sunday morning discussion class for juniors and seniors. This young man has served numerous roles in the parish throughout his life, including altar serving. Most recently he volunteers as a lector and Eucharistic minister. He has regularly attended diocesan youth events, including Fall Kick-Off, Grace at the Trace and the Diocesan Youth Celebration. He attended VOYAGE and SEARCH retreats, later serving as a table leader at VOYAGE. He participated in Leadership Camp, serving as a TIM for the past three years and as a youth rep for the Office of Youth Ministries this year. Dan has also attended the Steubenville Conference, Catholic Heart Work Camp and the National Catholic Youth Conference, where he served as a Youth Ambassador.
Youth in the diocese who were recognized as the Outstanding Parish Seniors are as follows: Jarod DiGaetano from St. Francis of Assisi Church, William McCammon from St. Mary Church in Savannah, Emma O’Malley from St. Louis Church, Jose Ramirez from St. Joseph Church, Eric Rodriguez from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Matthew Scamardo from Church of the Holy Spirit, Eliza Sims from St. Peter Church, Robert Thompson from St. Mary’s Church in Jackson and Bayley Whitehouse from St. William Church.