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CFC Honors Faithful Citizens
10/1/2012
Photo: Carl and Lois DavisThe Center for Faith and Culture will award Carl and Lois Davis the Faithful Citizens Award at the Faithful Citizenship Dinner and Lecture at 6 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the River Oaks Country Club. The Faithful Citizen Award is conferred upon persons who are led by the Holy Spirit and who manifest the incarnate love of God for this world in their lives and actions as Catholics.

In a letter welcoming attendees to the invitation-only event, the Rev. Donald S. Nesti, CSSp, director of the CFC, expressed why he thinks the Davises are deserving of the award.

“The couple stands together, led by the Holy Spirit, as witnesses of what it means to be people of faith and integrity as they participate in and contribute to building a better society and way of life,” Fr. Nesti said. “St. Francis says, ‘Preach the Gospel, and if you must, use words.’ Lois and Carl Davis preach the Gospel with their lives as is evidenced by the abundant joy and love in which they serve both God and the Church and the common good of society.”

Carl recently retired after 55 years of running Davis-Lynch, an international oil tool manufacturing, sales and service company. Presently, he serves on the boards of several organizations including Isaiah House, Oilfield Christian Fellowship and the Center for Faith and Culture at St. Thomas. He also serves on the Financial Council at Our Lady of Walsingham.

Married for 57 years, the Davises became members of Our Lady of Walsingham in 2001. Lois has served on Our Lady of Walsingham’s Pastoral Council and been involved in several building programs there including the recent construction of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Davises said they are excited for this time in the Catholic Church.

“We rejoice immensely in being converts and are thankful for the opportunities the Lord has provided for us to be involved in His One, Holy Roman Catholic Church,” the letter states. “Our ongoing involvement with the University has blessed us with many new friendships, and we are grateful for all of our Lord’s blessings.”

A lecture with Dr. John Borelli, research fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, will also be featured at the invitation-only event. Borelli will address “Vatican II: Yesterday and Today”.

The CFC will also host Borelli for a public lecture titled “Understanding and Interpreting Vatican II and the Promotion of Dialogue” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 in Jones Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Greg Arbogast at 713-942-5066 or cfc@stthom.edu.

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