Originally Published in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate Northeast Area Newsletter
On Sunday, November 29, Bro. Thomas Cruise, OMI, of IHM, Tewksbury was the recipient of the Cheverus Medal Award from Sean Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap. at Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston.
The presentation took place during a 3 pm Vesper service and was followed by a reception for recipients, family and friends.
The recipients, who include lay people, religious and deacons, are chosen for their service to the Church for an extended period of time and in a quiet, unassuming and possibly unrecognized fashion.
In 2012, Bro. James Lucas, OMI was a recipient as was Bro. Charles Gilbert, OMI in 2010.
This award was instituted by Cardinal O’Malley in 2008, the bicentennial year of the Archdiocese.The medals are conferred upon recipients annually on or around the Solemnity of Christ the King to those who are selected from throughout the Archdiocese.
The sterling silver medal bears the image of Bishop Cheverus, the founding Bishop of Boston. He served from 1808 until 1824 when he returned to France. He died in 1836 as the Archbishop of Bordeaux.
Congratulations to Bro. Tom Cruise on receiving this prestigious award!