2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Award Winner Announced

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 by: Lydia | Category: Other


St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Volunteer to be Awarded a Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Award by The Diocese of Toledo

For immediate release: 10/13/2020, contact Lydia Ellinwood, St. Patrick of Heatherdowns, lydia.ellinwood@toledostpats.org

Kennedy Coleman, a senior at St; Ursula Academy, and volunteer with St.Patrick of Heatherdowns' Champions in Action has been selected as one of four recipients of the 2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award sponsored by the Diocese of Toledo Office of Black Catholic Ministry. Bishop Thomas will recognize this stellar achievement by celebrating Mass and presiding over the awards ceremony on Saturday, January 18th 4:30 p.m. at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns, 4201 Heatherdowns Boulevard. A reception at the church follows and her family invites the parish family to join in the celebration.

Kennedy is the daughter of Christine Coleman, a graduate of St.Patrick of Heatherdowns and a senior at St. Ursula Academy of Toledo. Faculty notice and applaud Kennedy, not only for her volunteer work but also the generosity of spirit and goodwill which imbues her service.

Kennedy is a longtime volunteer in the Champions in Action, a service program for the youth of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns, her parish. This program participates in Feed Your Neighbor, an annual cemetery clean-up, and assembling and wrapping the parish Christmas gifts for nursing home residents.

She also volunteers at Beverly school, reading to first grade classes and individual students. She is a long term volunteer with the Labre Project, a joint project of St. John's and St. Ursula. Labre is a mobile soup kitchen. She has participated in at least 20 weeks in the preparation and delivery of food and fellowship to hungry and homeless Toledoans. She is a goodwill ambassador for Labre, encouraging other students to get involved in serving the poor. She also recruits other students to collect and donate basic supplies to support Labre’s efforts.

When asked for her perspective on social justice and serving others she shared, “I know it takes a village to raise a family. I have my village and I want to make sure I can help others and be a part of supporting their village as well”.

The Diocese of Toledo Office of Black Catholic Ministries assists parishes and deaneries in the area of African-American catechesis and Black Catholic celebrations and retreats; provides workshops on diversity and inclusion, racism and prejudice; facilitates diocesan Black Catholic events and promotes the National Black Catholic Congress.

Mission: The mission of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries is to celebrate the richness of our diverse gifts within the Body of Christ, promoting ongoing evangelization efforts, leadership formation and cultural awareness in addressing the diverse needs of the African American community.


Press Release Contact Name: Lydia
Press Release Contact Email: lydia.ellinwood@toledostpats.org
Press Release Contact Phone: 4193811540
Organization Name: St. Patrick of Heatherdowns
Website or Link: toledostpats.org
Organization Address: 4201 Heatherdowns Boulevard, Toledo, OH, 43614