At a May 4 banquet, the Nazareth Schools of Rochester presented their Lumina Lux Awards, which recognize alumni for their community service, Christian involvement, personal achievements and loyalty.
This year’s recipient of the Lumina Award was Nancy Stadler Ferris, a 1971 graduate of Nazareth Academy who is currently director of the Analytical Technology Division of Eastman Kodak Co.’s research and development organization. Ferris was recognized for her dedication to community service including her “many years as a board member and committee chair for Nazareth Schools,” the schools said in a press release. In addition to her work with the Nazareth Schools, she has also served on the boards of the Monroe County Catholic School System, the Volunteers of America of Western New York and the Unity Health Foundation. She is also a trustee of Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish in Rochester.
The Lux Award was given to Bishop James M. Moynihan, a 1946 graduate of Nazareth Hall and the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse. Bishop Moynihan is a former priest of the Diocese of Rochester, where he served in the chancellor’s office under Bishop Fulton J. Sheen and Bishop Joseph Hogan. In his current position, Bishop Moynihan has overseen the raising of $51 million to date for Heritage Campaign, providing funding for schools, religious education, retirement homes for priests, Catholic Charities, youth ministry and parishes in his diocese. He has also served on the board of trustees of Wadhams Hall Seminary in Ogdensburg and on the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on the Relationship Between Eastern and Latin Catholic Churches. He has been honored as a chaplain to Pope John Paul II and a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
“Every student at Nazareth Schools learns to make community service a lasting and important part of his or her life,” said Sister of St. Joseph Ann Collins, Nazareth Schools’ president. “We take this opportunity every year to honor two of our alumni who most clearly demonstrate the values we teach, essentially, to serve all, without making distinctions.”