Linking their journey as Scouts with the journey as Christian disciples to mature in the Gospel, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland presided at a Holy Mass and awards presentation for the Boy Scouts of the Diocese of Tyler on Saturday at the Chapel of Sts. Peter & Paul in Tyler.
Bishop Strickland encouraged the young men to recognize that the goal of scouting and the goal of disciples is the same, calling the group “to live as the men and women that God as created us to be, to live rightly, to live God’s plan for us.”
Pulling in a concept that the Scouts were familiar with, Bishop Strickland use the image of knots to illustrate how then can bring order to things.
“In many ways, Christ is an image of a knot for us – he brings order to our lives and helps things fulfill their purpose.”
Following the Mass, awards were given to a number of Scouts from across East Texas.
Eagle Scouts honored were Alex Preston, Beathan Anderson, Kevin Dawson, William Kariampuzha and Evan Guillory.
Nathan Scott and Ashley Waldron received the Silver Venturing Award.
The Ad Altare Dei Award for Catholic Scouts was presented to Tanner Kottwitz, Riley Bewley, Stephan Overton, Jacob Riley, Anthony Riley, John Manuel, Conner Tate, Brian Humphreys Jr. and Evan Guillory.
Several adults leaders and other supports of Scouting were honored with the Brown Pelican Award, including Gordon George, James Franz, Dawna Walsh, David Walsh and Tim Moore.
At the end of the ceremony, Bishop Strickland was presented with the St. George Award for his years of service and support of the Boy Scouts, dating to his first appointment to Tyler as a parochial vicar in the 1980’s.
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