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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Monsignor Philip Heslin
Diocese of Superior, Wisconsin

A Light in the Harbor

Most Catholics in the Diocese of Superior, Wisconsin, know Monsignor Philip Heslin for his energetic leadership at the Catholic Charities Bureau (CCB) where he served for 25 years. As CCB’s director from 1962 to 1987, Monsignor Heslin was not interested in business as usual. He steered CCB down a new path, reaffirming its Catholic heartbeat while striving to offer social services not previously available in northern Wisconsin. His willingness to rethink CCB led to assistance for the developmentally disabled and the elderly. Since CCB, Monsignor Heslin has shown great insight in serving the diocese. His parish clustering plan has allowed faith communities in the diocese to flourish while sharing priests. His current ministry as a hospital chaplain brings comfort to those who suffer.

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