The annual Bishop Lucker lecture, sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, will be held March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Church of St. Catherine in Redwood Falls.

The evening’s presenter will be Dr. Mary Healy talking about the role of healing in evangelization. Dr. Healy is a professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and an international speaker on topics related to Scripture, evangelization, healing and spiritual life.

In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Healy as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

She also chairs the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services in Rome and serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity as a member of the Pentecostal-Catholic International Dialogue.

Dr. Healy is a general editor of the “Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture” and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and Hebrews. Her other books include “Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body” and “Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World.”

Following the evening’s lecture, the Most Reverend John M. LeVoir, bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm, will present the 2018 diocesan distinguished service award to three deserving members of the Diocese of New Ulm.

The award is given to individuals in recognition of outstanding service in some leadership capacity to the diocese.

Award recipients are: Barb Dietz of New Ulm, Mary Gangelhoff of Sleepy Eye and Deacon Steve Spilman of Courtland.

Barb Dietz is being honored for her involvement with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of New Ulm. Dietz served as a Catholic Charities advisor since its formation in the diocese in 2007 until 2014.

Her previous employment working with birth mothers and adoptive parents through Caritas Family Services /Catholic Charities of St. Cloud and as a pregnancy counselor and adoption social worker for the Diocese of New Ulm (1990-97) allowed Dietz to give valuable insight to the decision that the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of New Ulm seek a joint adoption license with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Dietz has been employed by Brown Council Family Services since 1992 and currently is the adult social service supervisor for Brown County. Her years of experience in family services has been extremely valuable to the Catholic Charities staff and advisors regarding questions pertaining to county services that were available for families and adults.

Mary Gangelhoff is being honored for her service as a diocesan representative on various Catholic organizations and her work on various diocesan projects that support Catholic education. She is also being recognized for her many years of commitment to her parish Catholic school.

Gangelhoff has served St. Mary Catholic School in Sleepy Eye for 35 years, 22 years as a teacher and 13 years as elementary school principal. Since Fall 2014, she has served on the Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) Education committee as a diocesan representative, currently serving her second term.

Deacon Steve Spilman is being honored for his years of volunteer service to the Diocese of New Ulm. In 2017, Spilman served as local coordinator of Catholics at the Capitol, an event created by the bishops of Minnesota as an opportunity for citizens to voice their concerns with lawmakers regarding their support for the protection of life and human dignity.

This annual event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The evening will conclude with a reception.

For further information about the Bishop Lucker lecture, call (507) 359-2966 or e-mail cclancy@dnu.org.