Special Recognition from the Lewis Award Committee

Expressing Our Gratitude

The purpose of the annual Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching is to recognize, promote and encourage teaching excellence in the Diocese of Raleigh Catholic Schools. Considering the uncertainties of the pandemic, the Award Process was paused for this year.

The Lewis Award Committee, however, recognizes the unprecedented challenges faced by the faculty in all schools. During this pandemic year, every teacher should be recognized for demonstrating a selfless commitment, both professional and personal, to excellence in Catholic education.

The Committee chose to honor and express our gratitude to the teachers with a special prayer, composed and blessed by Monsignor Lewis. The week before Christmas, the principals were presented a plaque with the prayer and logos of each elementary and high school as a reminder of the sacrifices the teachers have made and continue to make in the 2020–2021 school year. Please take the time to listen to the video from Keith Brown, Chair of the Committee, followed by a gallery of photos from presentations across the Diocese. May the Lord bless you and your families abundantly throughout this Christmas season and the coming year.


The Lewis Award Committee

Keith Brown, Chair
Lesley Ferguson
Susan Goethals
Cynthia Hanks
Rosalie Innacelli
Michelle Silva


Father John Forbes
Monsignor Lewis
Superintendent Lytia Reese
John Ruocchio
Anne Stahel

Video of presentation by Keith Brown, Committee Chair to Joyce Price, Principal of St. Mary’s in Wilmington.

Monsignor Lewis blessing the plaques and cards to be presented to each school.

The plaque with the prayer composed by Monsignor Lewis.

Bless Our Catholic School Teachers

Dear Lord, this has been a trying time for the dedicated teachers in our Catholic Schools caused by a virus that has infected our whole world. Loving Father, our teachers have continued to teach our children of your love and presence as well as the sciences of life amid great hardship. We beg your blessings on these dedicated teachers and upon those whom they teach. Let them know that your rainbow of love is over them and that their efforts will be rewarded by your protective love. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Great Teacher, in Union with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Msgr. Gerald Lewis


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