ALBANY — A member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church was recently named a recipient of the Bishop Francis X. Gartland Service Award, the Catholic Diocese of Savannah announced this week.
Diocese of Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer bestowed the award on 103 volunteers from throughout south Georgia at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah. Angel Bradford, a member of St. Teresa’s, was among the recipients.
The Diocese said the Bishop Francis X. Gartland Service Award recognizes longstanding service to the Catholic Church, and the recipients are nominated by their pastors. It was named for the first bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, who served from 1850 to 1854 before he contracted yellow fever and died.
The Rev. Raymond Levreault, pastor at St. Teresa’s, spoke of Bradford’s contribution to the church.
“Willingness to do what is needed when asked and often when not asked is what Angel is all about,” he said in a statement. “She is an example of how one should share their faith. Angel assists in the Confirmation program, the Family Faith Formation program, the prison ministry, she takes care of the setup for the Saturday evening mass, she schedules the Servers, Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers. She helps with training. She assists in leading the ongoing formation in the parish.
“There are many things that Angel is involved in communitywise as well, and she is always a huge promoter of the Parish School and Church. She knows, loves and shares her faith.”
The Diocese of Savannah encompasses 90 counties in Georgia, including much of the area in and south of Augusta, Macon and Columbus.