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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Deacon Courtney Abel
Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota

Faith, Family and Forgiveness

Deacon Courtney Abel has followed the way of the cross for most of his life. As a Vietnam veteran, Deacon Abel was exposed to Agent Orange. Years later, he was diagnosed with cancer and depression. As if these weren’t challenging enough, an interfamilial murder resulted in his brother’s death and his nephew’s imprisonment. Through it all, Deacon Abel has remained faithful. He regularly visits his nephew, witnessing to God’s forgiveness and love. His experiences at the jail have inspired him to organize a new prison ministry for the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota. So great is the need for this new ministry that six clergymen from several denominations are joining Deacon Abel.

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