Spirit of Sister Dorothy Stang Award

The Spirit of Sister Dorothy Stang Award is given to faculty members, parish ministers, parishioners active in social justice ministry and graduating seniors in the Catholic high schools and parish youth ministry programs in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It is granted by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Offices of Mission, Social Action, Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Evangelization and Catechesis.

Purposes of the award are:

  • To keep alive the ministry and memory of Sister Dorothy Stang that included her solidarity with the poor, her care for the earth and her love for Jesus’ mission.
  • To encourage schools, parishes and members of our archdiocese to study/teach about Sister Dorothy and encourage others to follow in her footsteps by promoting global solidarity and cross cultural mission and ministry.
  • To honor teachers, principals, parish ministers and graduating high school seniors who exemplify the values of Sister Dorothy through their social justice ministry, service work, and teaching.


We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Spirit of Sister Dorothy Stang Parish Award:



Heidi & Enrique Acuna

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish

Mary Apke

St. Vincent Ferrer Parish

Mary Pat Austing

St. Julie Billiart Parish

Marilyn Demma

St. Joseph-St. Raphael Parish

Mike Engler

St. Mary of the Assumption Parish

Carol Gabis

St. Therese Little Flower Parish

Agnes Guiselin

St. Christopher Parish

Morgan Nuss

All Saints Parish 

Pat Riestenberg

St. Clare Parish

Mike Roman

Community of the Good Shepherd

Nimfa & Jack Simpson

Queen of Apostles Parish