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WASHINGTON—Beverly A. Carroll received the 2012 "Servant of Christ Award- Lifetime Achievement Honors" from the National Black Catholic Congress XI, July 21, in Indianapolis. The Lifetime Achievement in Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Catholic Church in the African American Community Award was established and first given in July, 2012 to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the freedom and growth of African Americans as full participants in the Church and society.
Since 2009, Carroll has been an Assistant Director in the Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference on Catholic Bishops (USCCB), where she advises the U.S. Bishops on evangelization in African American communities. She was the founding director of the USCCB Secretariat for African American Catholics from 1988 to 2008.
"Beverly is an example of the 'good and faithful servant.' She is a respected leader in the community and has provided invaluable advice to the Bishops Conference on matters concerning the evangelization of African American Catholics," said Mar Muñoz-Visoso, executive director of USCCB's Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church."We are proud to know her and work with her every day, and grateful that her talents and love for the Church are being recognized."
Internationally, Carroll had led several U.S. delegations to South Africa, Peru, and Brazil. Prior to joining the USCCB, Carroll spent 20 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Office of Urban Affairs, an inner city program which served over 64 parishes and schools, and provided staff assistance to the Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Scholarship Fund.
In 1988 she received the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Award for Civil Rights from the Archdiocese of Baltimore; and in 2008, the Excellence in Leadership Award from the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators.
She received an honorary doctorate of human letters from Siena College in 1999.
The National Black Catholic Congress is comprised of member organizations that represent African American Catholics, working in collaboration with National Catholic organizations.
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity, Secretariat for African American Catholics, evangelization
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