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Vita et Caritas Award

BCAF FordRuthie125The Bishop of Manchester awards the Vita et Caritas Award (For Life and Love Award) to a volunteer who makes significant contributions through service to the non-profit agency where they volunteer that help transform the lives of women, children or families and who exemplifies, in his or her service, the Gospel message to love one another. The award is given in honor of Ruthie Ford, whose life reflected Catholic ideals and tireless dedication to service in the cause of helping women, children and families.

The recipient of the Vita et Caritas Award will receive a special plaque and be recognized at the annual Bishop’s Summer Reception. The organization with which the recipient is associated will receive an award of $2,500 that can be used to support the organization.

Vita et Caritas Award


Nominations for the Vita et Caritas Award for 2024 are now open. Our tenth recipient will be honored at the Bishop's Reception on September  10, 2024.

Vita Et Caritas Award Description and Nomination Process

Vita Et Caritas Award Nomination Application

Contact Melanie English at menglish@rcbm.org if you have any additional questions.