ASHLAND (SNR/KVSS) - Amidst the enormous aircraft of a bygone era and the spaciousness of the building they are housed in, around 350 people gathered at the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland Nov. 6 for the fifth annual Spirit Award Dinner for the Spirit Catholic Radio Network.
This year, the Knights of Columbus and Knights of Columbus Field Agents were honored for their support of this radio apostolate. In addition, internationally-known speaker and author, Sister Ann Shields, was the guest speaker.
The Spirit Award Dinner honors individuals whose spiritual gifts, values and life’s work reflect the values, vision and mission of Spirit Catholic Radio. Having devoted time, talent and treasure, recipients vigorously champion the Church’s call to employ modern communication techniques for the New Evangelization…bringing Christ to people and people to Christ. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of the Lincoln Diocese was a Spirit Award recipient at last year’s event.
"We thought it only natural this year to honor the Knights of Columbus councils and field agents who have been so instrumental in their prayers, support, and volunteerism for Spirit 102.7 FM," said Spirit Catholic Radio Network executive director Jim Carroll. "As an example of the Knights commitment to this apostolate, members of Ashland/Greenwood Council 12557 were a big help in setting up for this dinner."
Nebraska State Council for the Knights of Columbus Past State Deputy Mike Conrad, and General Agent Kevin Pfeifer both accepted Spirit Awards on behalf of members (current State Deputy Jim Haiar was not able to attend).
"We’re proud to have played a part in the success of this radio station since its inception in 1999," said Mr. Conrad. "I’m excited that more Knights will have the opportunity to join in its mission as the signal continues its expansion across the state."
Kevin Pfeifer, who played a key role in efforts to bring Spirit Catholic Radio to central Nebraska, emphasized the importance of this ministry in today’s world. "We need to get the truth of the faith out there, and the Knights and their families can play a key role in the new evangelization by directing people to listen to Spirit Catholic Radio."
A member of The Servants of God’s Love, a charismatic religious community established in the Diocese of Lansing, Mich., Sister Ann Shields spoke about inspiring holiness in others.
"We are all called to grow in holiness no matter what our station is in life," she said. "That holiness can then be spread to others with as little as a smile." She explained that a person once told her she was Christ to him that day because of her smile.
Sister Shields was also presented with a Spirit Award. She is currently host of the daily radio program Food for the Journey heard on Spirit 102.7 FM Monday through Friday at 6:40 a.m. and 8:40 a.m.
Spirit Catholic Radio Honors The Knights of Columbus