MARQUETTE Marquette's Room at the Inn project has been selected as a finalist for the 35th Annual Lumen Christi, or "Light of Christ," Award.
This ministry represents one of 12 finalists recognized for the award. The Lumen Christi Award was established by Catholic Extension to honor the "hidden heroes" of the Catholic Church - outstanding individuals, groups or ministries that have shown an extraordinary commitment and ongoing dedication to sharing the Light of Christ through ministry in their diocese. Finalists were identified and nominated by their bishop for this honor.
Each finalist will receive a $5,000 grant.
Room at the Inn is a grassroots community ministry serving the homeless in Marquette and the surrounding area. The shelter began under the umbrella of Catholic Social Services in 2006 and quickly grew into an ecumenical ministry with the participation of 12 churches of various denominations throughout Marquette. Churches host the shelter on a weekly rotating basis. Staffed by one social worker and assisted by about 1,000 trained volunteers, the shelter meets more than just physical needs.
"The Lumen Christi Award is a perfect expression of Catholic Extension's mission," Catholic Extension President Father Jack Wall said. "Together with our donors, we want to bring the Light of Christ to the poorest and most under-resourced faith communities in America. Room at the Inn is an example of interdenominational Christian collaboration at its best."
The Lumen Christi Award recipient will be named this fall. The honor comes with a $50,000 grant, shared equally by the recipient and the nominating diocese. The recipient is chosen based on several factors by a panel of judges.
The public has the opportunity to show their support by voting for their favorite finalist through the Catholic Extension Facebook page through Friday.