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Champagnat Awards


Saint Marcellin ChampagnatSaint Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist Brothers, urged his Marist followers to live their lives “doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

The Champagnat Awards honor Alumni and Members of the Central Catholic community whose lives reflect extraordinary faith, service to the least favored, professional achievement and dedication to our Marist mission.

Their lives inspire us every day.


The 2018 Champagnat Award Honorees


The Award For Humanitarian & Community Service

This award is bestowed on individuals for outstanding service to society and their unwavering commitment to making the world a better place. They epitomize the Marist ideal of concern for the least favored.

  • Patricia (Foley) Karl ’60SM, Lawrence Youth Education Advocate

  • William J. Sullivan ’68, Lawrence Educator, National Hibernian Leader


The St. Therese of Lisieux Alumni Award

This award is bestowed on alumni whose emerging professional and personal lives reflect the ideals of Central Catholic and our Marist heritage.

  • Michelle Abou-Raad ’12, Middle East Stabilization Project

  • Jesenia Tejada-Perez ’03, Director of Inner-City College Success Program


The Witness To Faith Award

This award is bestowed on individuals who have committed their lives to making Jesus known and loved through their faith and actions. Their example serves as an inspiration to students and to all those associated with Central Catholic.

  • Rev. George F. Riley ’53, OSA, Villanova University, V.P. Emeritus


The Award for Excellence in Marist Education

This award is bestowed on faculty and staff members whose unabiding love and care for young people continues the mission and work of Saint Champagant. Their example serves as an inspiration to their colleagues and the entire Central Catholic community.

  • Jeanne R. Burns, CCHS Academic Dean

  • David M. DeFillippo ’66, Director of Communications

  • Bro. Florentius, FMS, Founder of Central Catholic HS

  • Warren W. Hayes ’54, English Teacher-Chairperson (ret.)


The Award for Outstanding Alumni Professional Achievement

This award is bestowed on alumni whose success and achievements in their chosen field serve as an inspiration to the Central Catholic community and provide an inspiring example for our students.

  • Charles F. Daher ’67, President, Commonwealth Motors

  • Brad M. Damphousse ’00, Founder, GoFundMe.com


The Award For Philanthropic Leadership in Support of Central Catholic

This award is bestowed on those whose cumulative generosity to Central Catholic High School has been outstanding, epitomizing the love and generosity of Saint Champagnat. Through their investments and leadership, they have made a transformative impact on the students and faculty of Central Catholic High School.

  • Laurence J. Palmisano ’51, President, CPM Inc.


Champagnat Awards & Recipients

The Award for Humanitarian & Community Service

This award is bestowed on individuals for outstanding service to society and their unwavering commitment to making the world a better place. They epitomize the Marist ideal of concern for the least favored.

2005 Honoree: Stephen J. Kelley '64
2012 Honoree: Dr. Samuel J. D’Urso '62
2015 Honoree: John F. Kaslow '49
2015 Honoree: Barbara J. (Fox '51SM) Kaslow

The Witness to Faith Award

This award is bestowed on individuals who have committed their lives to making Jesus known and loved through their faith and actions. Their example serves as an inspiration to students and to all those associated with Central Catholic.

2012 Honoree: Bishop William J. McNaughton, M.M. '44
2012 Honoree: Bridget (Scanlon '64SM) Shaheen
2015 Honoree: Rev. Guy Vellardita, O.F.M., '48

The Award for Achievement in Marist Education

This award is bestowed on faculty and staff members whose unabiding love and care for young people continues the mission and work of Saint Champagant. Their example serves as an inspiration to their colleagues and the entire Central Catholic community.

2012 Honoree: Bro. Ernest Beland, FMS
2012 Honoree: William J. Cowie '59
2015 Honoree: Christopher F. Sullivan '81

The Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement

This award is bestowed on alumni whose success and achievements in their chosen field serve as an inspiration to the Central Catholic community and provide an inspiring example for our students.

2005 Honoree: Dr. George D. LeMaitre '51
2005 Honoree: Louise L. Schiavone '68SM
2012 Honoree: Ernest L. Herrman '79
2015 Honoree: Richard J. Santagati '61

The Award for Philanthropic Support of the Mission of Central Catholic High School

This award is bestowed on those whose cumulative generosity to Central Catholic High School has been outstanding, epitomizing the love and generosity of Saint Champagnat. Through their investments and leadership, they have made a transformative impact on the students and faculty of Central Catholic High School.

2005 Honoree: R. Kingman Webster
2012 Honoree: G. Thomas Catalano '50
2012 Honoree: Albert C. Peterson '50
2015 Honoree: Craig D. Divino '69

This year's honorees will be recognized at

Honoring Excellence

Honoring Excellence Awards

Champagnat Awards Presentation & Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Thursday, May 10, 2018
Seaglass at the Blue Ocean Event Center, 4 Ocean Front N, Salisbury, MA


Honoring Excellence Photos

The 2015 Champagnat Award Honorees
The 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Class
Honoring Excellence, 2015
Honoring Excellence
The 2012 Champagnat Award Honorees
The 2012 Champagnat Awards
The 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Class
Honoring Excellence, 2012
The 2005 Champagnat Award Honorees