Fr. Agustus Tolton & Mother Mary Lange Black Catholic Lay Leader Award

Patricia Brooks

The Arlington Diocese Office of Multicultural Ministries, specifically the Black Catholic Ministries are happy, proud, and excited to announce this year’s winner of the Father Augustus Tolton & Mother Mary Lange Black Catholic Lay Leader Award.

This year’s winner is Mrs. Patricia Brooks.  Pat has been a dedicated servant of our community for over 30 years.  We will be presenting Pat with a plague to be hung in our church for a year.
Patricia Brooks has been a dedicated servant to the members of Holy Family Catholic Church community for over 30 years. Patricia along with
her late husband Ray, worked diligently to share their faith and supported the mission of the Oblate sisters of Providence in Baltimore, MD. In
recognition of their dedication Patricia and Ray were bestowed the honors of obtaining a one-year orientation for the Lay Associates Program and in 1994 they were installed as an Associate. No one is more deserving of this honor for her vowed dedication over the years to the life of the church and ministry of the Oblate sisters of Providence. Patricia complete the Trinity Education of Parish Program in 1995 and received the Diocese of Arlington Advanced Catechist Certification in 1996.Patricia Brooks has been a dedicated servant to the members of Holy Family Catholic Church community for over 30 years. Patricia along with her late husband Ray, worked diligently to share their faith and supported
the mission of the Oblate sisters of Providence in Baltimore, MD. In recognition of their dedication Patricia and Ray were bestowed the honors of obtaining a one-year orientation for the Lay Associates Program and in 1994 they were installed as an Associate. No one is more deserving of
this honor for her vowed dedication over the years to the life of the church and ministry of the Oblate sisters of Providence. Patricia complete the Trinity Education of Parish Program in 1995 and received the Diocese of Arlington Advanced Catechist Certification in 1996.
Patricia enrolled in the EPS program further educate and enhance her mission to be of service to her parish and the Arlington Diocese. In 1995 it was through her service to the Oblate Sisters and study of the History of Black Catholic that inspired Patricia to teach Black history on the servants of God. Patricia shared her knowledge, experience and travels abroad to Rome witnessing the canonization of Saint Josephine Bakhita. Patricia has served as a role model. She leads by example.
Patricia has served as a shining example to many of the Black Catholic women in the Arlington diocese. In recognition of her Character, Courage and Commitment she was awarded the “Sisters in the Spirit” award from the Catholic Diocese. Patricia is humble and with a joyful spirit in her holy evangelization she serves as a source of strength to those who are blessed to know and love her. Patricia has become physically challenged however, that has not stopped her spirit to lean on her faith and continue to lead by example, and she is worthy of this honor.

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