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Lind parish’s youth minister honored with national recognition
the Inland Register
(From the April 29, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)
Annie Trunkle Smart (right) has been honored by Saint Mary’s Press for her youth ministry in the Spokane Diocese. (IR photo from Saint Mary’s Press)
Annie Trunkle Smart, a youth ministry volunteer at St. Ambrose Parish in Lind and St. Agnes Parish in Ritzville, has been named a recipient of the Saint Mary’s Press (SMP) 2004 Ambassador of Christ Recognition Award in the Catholic parish ministry category.
The Ambassador of Christ Recognition Award is presented annually by SMP to three individuals who “touch the hearts of teens and enliven in them the Christian spirit.” One award is given in each of three categories: Catholic school staff member, Catholic parish staff member, and Catholic high school senior.
“By publicly honoring these people, Saint Mary’s Press wishes to affirm, celebrate, and elevate their importance in the life of the Church as ambassadors of Christ, by the grace of God,” said John Vitek, president of SMP.
Christine Navarro of SMP will present the award to Trunkle Smart on May 2, at 10:30 a.m., during Mass at St. Agnes Parish in Ritzville. Trunkle Smart will also receive $1,000 in cash, $500 in SMP resources, and a stained-glass plaque.
Trunkle Smart has been involved in youth ministry for many years. She currently volunteers at St. Ambrose Parish in Lind and St. Agnes Parish in Ritzville.
According to Paul Mach, the Spokane Diocese’s consultant for youth ministry, “Trunkle Smart has been a true ambassador to the youth and adults of Lind and Ritzville, where she has developed an ecumenical program that has brought many young people to understand who Christ is in their lives.”
The other Ambassador of Christ Recognition Award recipients are Karla Gergen, a teacher at San Miguel Middle School in Minneapolis, and Anne Senez, a student at Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.
SMP is a leading producer of Catholic youth ministry resources, curriculum, and faith-building experiences. The company’s 75 employees continue the Lasallian mission of “touching the hearts of teens with the Good News of Jesus Christ” by providing products and services to 49 countries throughout the world.