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Scouting awards recognize faith-filled service

Diocese of Trenton Court of Honor Award recipients

March 3, 2013

Girl Scouting Youth Awards


St. Catharine/St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake

Maggie Brennan

Eden McBride

Emma McBride

Erin McBride

Orla McBride

Daphne Nesnay

Emma Spang

Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune

Elissa Adams

Victoria Klish

Ella Leone

Ryan Mooney



St. Mary Parish, Barnegat

Cara Ditmar

Nicolina Ferraro

Patricia Geiger

Julia Marcello

Abigail Staiger

Morgan Westfall

Lindsey Zawistowski


Boy Scouting Awards


Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Mount Laurel

Bryan Bethke

Robert Maiorino

Paul Reid, Jr.

Evan Smoyer

Kyle Smoyer

Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Hainesport

Matthew Nichols

Paul Schields

Sacred Heart Parish, Mount Holly

Peter Fox

Matthew Freudenrich

Timothy Freudenrich

Justin Kane

St. Mary Parish, Cherry Hill

Joseph Robertson

Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune

Domenico Squillaro

St. Ann Parish, Keansburg

Jesse Powers

St. Anselm Parish, Tinton Falls

Thomas Lavin

Timothy Sparrock

St. Clement Parish, Matawan

Michael DeCarlo

St. Dorothea Parish, Eatontown

Vincent DeVita

Joseph Kaminskas

Zachary Neis

Ryan Pflug



St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro

Anthony Russo

St. Michael Parish, West End

Christopher Kasyjanski

St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan

Nicolas Siluk

St. Veronica Parish, Howell

James Truszkowski

Assumption Parish, New Egypt

Conor Callaghan

Sean Callaghan

Jason Lawrence

Justine Reuter

Patrick Roach

Devin Smith

Dylan Weichberger

Epiphany Parish, Brick

Daniel Pennell

St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville

Robert Hull

Angus Yeoman

St. Joseph Parish, Toms River

Salvatore DiSalvo

Raymond Milewski

Christopher O’Brien

Clayton Semanchik

Raymond Zuhowski

St. Justin the Martyr Parish, Toms River

Eric Knudsen

John Knudsen

St. Luke Parish, Toms River

Jeremy Grablauskas



St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan

Anthony Giancaspro

Anthony Siluk

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Mount Laurel

Kevin Fitzpatrick-Ruth

Elizabeth Reid

William Reid




Deacon John Klincewicz, Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune


John Barrett, St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent

Catholic Boy and Girl Scouts from around the diocese gathered to celebrate their faith in action March 3 at the annual Scouting Court of Honor Mass and Awards Ceremony held in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Some 70 young men and women and their adult Scouting leaders were recognized with medals, ribbons and emblems by Msgr. John K. Dermond, judicial vicar, office of Canonical Services and Tribunal, and Father Michael A. Santangelo, diocesan Scouting chaplain and pastor of Epiphany Parish, Brick.

Instituted by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting more than 30 years ago, the religious awards program confers recognition upon the efforts of scouts ages six and up who incorporate their Catholic faith into their daily lives.

Both individuals and troops undertake projects which focus upon Church and community and result in diocesan level and national awards.

Father Santangelo, a lifelong Scout and diocesan scout chaplain since 1996, asserted that Catholicism and scouting could be integral partners in the life of a young person. “The ideals of scouting reflect what it is that we are called to as Catholics,” he told The Monitor, citing character development, respect for others, and service as a few of the goals for the youth program. “Using our gifts and talents to help others, our goal is to live as Christ calls us to live.”

The uniform-clad scouts raised their right hands as they repeated their oaths to serve God and country, then stepped forward proudly to receive awards such as the “Marian Medal” and “I Live My Faith” for girls, and the “Ad Altare Dei” and “Pope Pius XII” emblems for boys.

Adult leaders were also recognized for their contributions in faith development with the “Christ the King” or “Bronze Pelican” awards.

The Diocese of Trenton Catholic Committees on Scouting encompasses the Central New Jersey, Jersey Shore, Burlington County and Monmouth County Boy Scouts of America Coun­cils; and the Delaware-Raritan, Monmouth, South Jersey Pines and Ocean County Girl Scout Councils.

The diocesan committees also hold an annual Boy Scout/Girl Scout retreat weekend, this year to be held beginning April 5 at the Pine Tree Scout Camp in Tabernacle. For further information on the program, visit


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