On Sunday, October 2, scouts from the Theodore Roosevelt council received Catholic Religious awards from Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski at St. Agnes Cathedral. The Catholic committee on scouting offers two awards for scouts to earn, the Ad Altare Dei award and the Pope Pius XII award. Both awards are completed in groups of scouts supervised by a certified counselor. Shane Jackson ’18 was awarded the Pope Pius XII award. Travis Heurtelou ’19, Wilmarr Saint Surin ’20, and Michael Castelli ’20 were awarded the Ad Altare Dei award.
“The purpose of the Ad Altare Dei (to the altar of God) program is to help Catholic Youth of the Roman Rite develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community. The program is organized in chapters based on the seven sacraments. The seven Sacraments are a primary means toward spiritual growth.” (source)
“Pope Pius XII is Catholic Scouting’s church-related ministries and vocation program. The program deals with different life choices (single, married, religious, ordained), occupations and ministries in the church as calls from God. It includes youth led discussions on current issues facing the church and society, which are normally included as part of a Pius XII retreat or day of recollection.” (source)