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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Reverend Gale Hammerschmidt
Diocese of Salina, Kansas

It Begins with Prayer and Action

When Father Gale Hammerschmidt was still a seminarian, he began thinking about how to increase youth participation in mission work. His idea was simple: why not engage them in the local mission field? Thus, in 2005, Prayer and Action was born and has been growing ever since. In the Diocese of Salina, Kansas, more than 4,000 youth have already participated. Father Hammerschmidt’s week-long “home mission trips” couple service projects with spiritual formation yielding exciting results. Entire communities are changed as the students pray and serve. Hope is renewed in between fresh coats of paint and rosary recitations. Thanks to the program’s transformational power, four other dioceses are currently seeking to replicate it for their own youth!

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