Catholic Extension is proud to announce Father Enrique Herrera as the recipient of the 2017-2018 Lumen Christi Award.
As the pastor of an immigrant parish in rural California, Father Enrique organizes programs that are helping the youth of his parish to grow in faith and responsibility. He has a dream that all of the children in his parish will attend college.
Through early involvement in Bible studies and other programming, the young people grow into leadership roles in the parish and make a positive impact on the surrounding community.
The Lumen Christi Award is the highest national honor recognizing a Catholic hero who is shining the “Light of Christ” in the poor dioceses they serve by demonstrating how the power of faith can transform lives and communities.
The $25,000 prize that accompanies the Lumen Christi Award will allow Father Enrique to continue developing programs and ministries that are helping his parishioners to move beyond the struggles of poverty and toward a hopeful future.