The awards will be conferred at a
banquet and ceremony held at Viterbo Tuesday, June 4.
Stephens, director of collegiate
gifts at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, is well known to the community
for his role in founding the La Crosse Rotary Festival of Lights in 1995.
Nearly two decades later, he remains president of this huge community effort which
also generates over 225,000 items for local food shelves. Stephens also
established La Crosse Irishfest and is a founding board member of the Let
Freedom Ring Honor Flight. He continues to be active in dozens of community
service projects and organizations.
Fr. Cirino, who lives at the Siena Friary
in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., has authored or edited nearly a dozen books and journals covering
the theme of Franciscanism. He is a
leader of what is known as Franciscan Pilgrimages, which takes travelers to
locales such as Assisi, Italy, the ancestral home of St. Francis of Assisi, and to
the Vatican, seat of Catholic identity and power. Participants have described
the pilgrimages as spiritually life changing, crediting Fr. Cirino’s leadership
as the reason.
The Brostroms lived in the La Crosse
area for a number of years. After successfully pursuing careers in business and education,
in their mid 50s they embarked upon second careers. Dick was the co-owner of
Creative Type and Doreen was a longtime and respected member of the Viterbo
nursing faculty. They sold their home and possessions, traveled to the deep
southwest to begin nearly two decades of volunteerism beginning at St. Bonaventure
Mission on the edge of the sprawling Navaho reservation near Thoreau, N.M.
Other volunteer assignments would follow right up to when the couple recently
retired to Albuquerque.
The Pope John
XXIII Award is the highest non-academic award bestowed by Viterbo University.
Recipients are chosen on the basis of contributions in one or several of the
following categories: education, business, philanthropy, peace and justice, and