Lifetime Achievement Award in Catholic Education

The Lewis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Catholic Education focuses on those individuals who, over an extended period of time, have made a significant commitment and contribution to the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Raleigh and to their church and civic communities. The Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award may be in administration, faculty or staff. The Lifetime Achievement Award is a special honor bestowed by the Lewis Award Committee at its initiative and timing, and only when the Committee deems circumstances warrant. The Lewis Award was instituted in January 1992. The recognition carries a monetary award and a personally designed and hand illustrated Citation as a Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.

The Award is named in honor of Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis, retired Vicar General of the Diocese of Raleigh. Monsignor Lewis served the Diocese of Raleigh for over four decades as priest, pastor, administrator and outstanding churchman in an era of unprecedented missionary work in the State of North Carolina. Although retired from active service to the Diocese, Monsignor Lewis continues to give of his time, talent and treasure to his church and beloved adopted state.


Anne Stahel

Anne Williams Stahel
May 18, 2017

The Lewis Award Committee presented the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education to Anne Williams Stahel for her extraordinary support of and devotion to Catholic school educators. Anne endowed the Father Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992… Read more…

Dr. Michael Fedewa

Dr. Michael J. Fedewa
May 5, 2017

Dr. Michael J. Fedewa, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, was presented with the Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award in Catholic Education on May 5, 2017. This Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Catholic education. Read more…

Rosalie Innacelli

Rosalie Innacelli
September 23, 2014

Rosalie Innacelli, former Diocesan Schools Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, was presented the 2014 Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Catholic Education. Dr. Michael Fedewa, Superintendent of Catholic Schools gave the opening comments. Read more…

Diane McGrady

Diane McGrady
October 14, 2011

Diane Gerchario McGrady, a thirty year member of the faculty of Cathedral School in Raleigh, was presented The Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Catholic Education at the Raleigh Diocesan Teachers Conference on October 14, 2011. The presentation took place at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh after an opening Mass, celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh. Read more…

Sarah Almon

Sarah Garber Almon
May 22, 2008

Sarah Garber Almon, eighth grade teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Raleigh, was presented the Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Catholic Education at the close-of-school Mass in June 2008. Miss. Almon retired from the classroom after having taught at Our Lady of Lourdes School for thirty-seven years. Read more…

Brother Bettigole

Brother Michel Bettigole, OSF
May 28, 2006

Brother Michel Bettigole, OSF, retired principal of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, was awarded the Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Catholic Education during the Gibbons Graduation Ceremony on May 28, 2006. Read more…

Lesley Ferguson

Lesley Andola Ferguson
September 27, 2002

Lesley Andola Ferguson, Principal of St. Egbert School in Morehead City, was presented with the Lewis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Catholic Education in Wilmington, NC, on September 27, 2002. She is the second individual to be honored with this Award. Mrs. Ferguson has been principal at St. Egbert’s School for over 30 years, and is believed to be the first lay principal in the school system of the Diocese of Raleigh. Read more…

Corazon Bilano

Corazon Gracia Bilano
March 13, 1999

Corazon Gracia Bilano, retired First Grade Teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Raleigh was presented with the first Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Catholic Education on March 13, 1999, at a Call to Jubilee celebration being held at St. Raphael Church in Raleigh. Read more…