Bridget Ruffing, of Manchester, was recognized at the Catholic Youth Convention and was the
recipient of the St. Timothy Award. She is an outstanding disciple of Jesus Christ. She shares her faith freely, gives and serves cheerfully, is dependable and demonstrates gospel values not only in what she says but conducts herself with love and charity in all that she does. She has been a very active member of Youth Ministry, serves on the Core Team, served on CYLT for two years, and is a catechist for the Family Faith Formation Program! She is a very talented young woman and active in serving others through many community events for Parish and other local events. She is a shining example of living the faith in love and service. Bridget worships at St. Francis Xavier Church in Winthrop.
Abigail Deschaine, of Richmond, was also recognized at the Catholic Youth Convention and a recipient of the St. Timothy Award for her mercy and compassion for others and dedication
to the faith. She has been an active member of Youth Ministry, served on the core team and on CYLT and is currently working in a residential home assisting those with final stages of Alzheimer's. She is generous with her time in assisting others, supports her peers to grow in their faith and perseveres in showing mercy, compassion and forgiveness to every soul she meets. Abby worships at St. Joseph Church in Gardiner.
The St. Timothy Award is the highest recognition of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry for a diocese to confer to a junior or senior in high school who lives as a disciple of Christ, setting a positive example as outlined in 1 Timothy 4:12: "Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, your love, faith and purity;" witness to faith by exhibiting Catholic morals and integrity; demonstrates Gospel value through service to others and exhibits Christian leadership in parish, school, scouting, and community settings.