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New award honors former Reston pastor

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A former pastor of St. John Neumann who oversaw rapid growth at the Reston parish at the turn of the century was the inspiration for a new Support Our Aging Religious award recognizing service to the community.

Oblate of St. Francis De Sales Father Robert “Bob” A. Brown was pastor of St. John Neumann from 1991 to 2005, during which time the parish grew from 1,700 to 3,600 families. Through the Father Bob Brown Good Samaritan Award, SOAR! will highlight outstanding service to fellow man. Known for his gentle manner and commitment to supporting the marginalized, Father Brown died in 2012 at age 78.

“Father Brown’s dedication to service in actively reaching out to help those around him continues to inspire people,” said SOAR! President and Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Kathleen Lunsmann. “He was a great ambassador for aging religious, and it was fitting to name the Good Samaritan Award in his memory.”

“I could not think of a better way to honor Father Bob Brown than creating the Good Samaritan Award in honor of his love and support of SOAR! and his witness in living the Gospel,” said St. John Neumann’s current pastor, Father Joseph Brennan, OSFS. “In his own quiet and humble way, Father Bob was a great defender of the poor and outcast in our midst.  He truly embraced and promoted in his ministry Catholic Social teachings.”

The inaugural recipient of the award is Terry O’Hara Lavoie, co-founder of Culmore Clinic, a non-profit interfaith medical clinic caring for uninsured adults in Fairfax County. A parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Falls Church, she will be recognized at the Nov. 5 SOAR! DC National Awards Gala, an event to benefit aging Catholic women and men religious across the county.

Find out more

The SOAR! DC National Awards Gala will take place online and is free to attend. To learn more or to register, go to soar-usa.org/events.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021