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Sep 19, 2016

Two to Be Honored at St. Vincent’s Day Celebration Oct. 1

 

Sue Johnson, executive director of the NIA Cultural Center and Freedom School founder, and the Rev. Roland Johnson III, Chaplain for the Galveston Police Department, will receive Alfreda Houston Community Service awards at the St. Vincent’s House annual St. Vincent’s Day celebration, Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The celebration will also feature a worship service, music, food, fellowship and fun for the entire family. 

 

The Galveston ministry celebrates its history annually around the feast day of its patron saint, St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent was a French Roman Catholic priest of the 17th century who dedicated himself to serving the poor. Born in a peasant family and having served as a slave in his early years, Vincent was an advocate for all who were on the margins of society, including prisoners.

 

The Rev. Freda Marie Brown, St. Vincent’s House executive director, likened recently canonized Mother Teresa, an icon for the most vulnerable and neglected of our society, to Vincent in that both of their hearts were “aligned with the heart of God; the Holy One who throughout Scriptures demonstrates a preferential option for the poor.” 

 

“Both 2016 honorees have dedicated their lives to serving others in the midst of their own personal challenges,” Brown said. “Our annual celebration allows us to not only thank God for another year of service, but also to honor men and women in our community who serve (usually without much fanfare) for the betterment of us all.”

 

The community is invited to join St. Vincent’s House in worship in Holy Communion, to honor the Houston Heroes of 2016, and to eat, have fun and share in fellowship. Activities include face painting, a bounce house, music and dancing to hometown musicians, MANNA.

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