St. Michael seniors Abigail Matthews and Alex Landry received the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Christian Service Award at Mass on April 7. The Mother Teresa of Calcutta Christian Service Award is given each year to a senior boy and a senior girl who have been a shining example of our call to service to others throughout their four years at St. Michael High School. Named for Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta who gave her life in service and changed the hearts of people around the world, this award is the highest service award at St. Michael High School.
Abigail Matthews reached her required school service hours and continued to seek ways to serve and encourage others to join her. Service is something that brings her great joy. Abigail has taken part in a summer service camp, in which she lived the life of the poor and served many people who were disadvantaged, disabled and elderly along the way. She also dedicated three weeks of her summer serving with the Missionaries of Charity sisters at their camp for children in poverty. Her undying love for persons with disabilities is seen in an incredible amount of service done through Miracle League. However, Abigail’s heart for service is seen mostly in the small ways that she reaches out to those who others would not even notice. Through her smile, her presence and simple conversations, she has been the presence of Christ to others.
Alex Landry truly has the humble heart of a servant. He has done endless amounts of service for his school and community. Alex was a great help and role model for the young boys he served at the Missionaries of Charities summer camp for children in poverty. He was always patient with the children and looked for ways to be helpful throughout the day. Alex’s passion for his faith and service is contagious as stepped up as a leader and led many chants for the school’s pilgrimage group for the March for Life this year. Alex lives a life of service every day in his commitment to school, church and community. He always presents others with a smile, a word of encouragement and a helping hand.