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The Leonard R. Jagels Award honors the memory of former Catholic Services Director Leonard Jagels. This award is presented to one outstanding Catholic committed to charity in Southeast Michigan and the Archdiocese of Detroit. Through the individual’s work, he or she puts the teachings of the Catholic Church into practice.
Best known for his five-decade career of distinguished public service to the people and city of Detroit, Isaiah “Ike” McKinnon is also a committed volunteer in the Catholic community. Dr. McKinnon was appointed Detroit Police Chief by Mayor Archer in 1994. During his five years in that position, he shifted the department’s focus to community-driven policing. In 2014, he was appointed Deputy Mayor of Detroit by Mayor Duggan and served for two years before returning to teach as a professor of education at the University of Detroit Mercy. He is an author and nationally known educational and motivational speaker. A former board member of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, Dr. McKinnon was instrumental in working with the city of Detroit to assist the agency in creating the recently opened Center for the Works of Mercy and the new Residences at St. Matthew healthy housing initiative. He also formerly served on the board of Catholic Charities USA and is an incoming board member of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan. Dr. McKinnon is an active member of Sacred Heart Parish, Detroit.
The Outstanding Parish Award honors a parish in the Archdiocese of Detroit that is committed to charity in their community. Whether it has been through a project, a hosted program, a collection, or their dedication to a social service, this parish shares Christ’s love to help better the lives of those around them.
St. Pio of Pietrelicina parish is a smaller, yet active parish in Roseville. Tina Bullis, the Christian Service Coordinator, shared that, “everyone brought their own gifts” to the parish which helps them “never turn somebody away” who needs help. Their Christian Service thrives with a Food Pantry and Baby Closet along with events throughout the year like a Christmas Giving Tree and Easter Tree of Life. The Baby Closet has been an essential resource for the Walking With Moms in Need initiative. They serve all of Macomb County and give out new items such as diapers, formula, wipes, blankets, and clothes to mothers with children who are newborn to age five and special need older children. All the donations are supplied by the parishioners and other parishes in their Family of Parishes. Andrea Spankie, the Program Coordinator for Walking with Moms in Need and Project Hope, is constantly impressed with St. Pio stating, “This is just an example of how an individual parish can make use of an unused or underused space like a small closet to make a big impact and show what it really means to support moms and children and be truly pro-life”.
The Outstanding Organization Award honors a Catholic group, school, or organization for their effort in a successful charitable project. With their dedication to helping those in need, they have lived the teachings of Jesus Christ and bettered their community and its members.
Malta Dental and Medical Clinic has been an integral part of the Center for the Works of Mercy in Detroit since they formally opened their new clinic in June 2021. The clinic provides free medical and dental services to anyone who is uninsured and with little to no income in the Detroit area. They also assist clients with insurance enrollment. Adam Perry, the Director of the Center for the Works of Mercy, describes Malta as “a huge part of the success at the Center for the Works of Mercy, especially with their newly added vision assistance.” As for the future, leadership of the Malta Dental and Medical Clinic hopes to expand services and reach more of those in need.
Congratulations to all of the award receipients for sharing their Time, Talent, and Treasure with those we service throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit!