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Shrine volunteer nominated for Lumen Christi Award

A longtime volunteer at the National Shrine of St. Therese, Janis Buyarski, is the 2019 Lumen Christi nominee for the Diocese of Juneau.

The annual Catholic Extension Lumen Christi Award, which is Latin for “Light of Christ” is awarded to a priest, religious, or lay person who has demonstrated how the power of faith can transform lives and communities. The Lumen Christi Award is accompanied by a $50,000 grant, with the honoree and nominating diocese each receiving $25,000 to enhance a specific area of the nominee’s ministry. If the nominee is selected as a finalist, a $10,000 grant will be awarded.

Joe Sehnert, Director of the Shrine, in his nomination letter said, “Janis has freely given thousands of hours of quiet labor over the past 20 years… all to do what our beloved Therese has taught us to do ‘to point others to Christ.’”

With all the work that has already gone into the Shrine gardens over the years Buyarski said there is still more work to be done, “it is time to make these years of research and design more readily available to Shrine pilgrims and visitors.”

If awarded the grant money from Catholic Extension, Buyarski will be able to better share the meaning behind the Biblical and Marian gardens at the National Shrine of St. Therese.

You can learn more about the Biblical and Marian gardens at the Shrine by reading the article titled “A Growing Ministry: The Biblical and Marian Gardens at the National Shrine of St. Therese.”