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Dr. Linda McMahon and MU Students Recognized for Service to Young People

Friday, December 14, 2012
Dr. Linda McMahon, professor emerita of history and politics at Marymount, was one of two people presented with the More Award at the Diocese of Arlington’s ninth annual Youth and Campus Ministry Appreciation Dinner held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Herndon, Virginia, on December 11. Bishop Paul S. Loverde presented all the evening’s awards.

Named for Saint Thomas More, the award recognizes the lifetime achievement of “individuals who have committed themselves to young people in a way that demonstrates the abundance and longevity of God’s love.”

Kevin Bohli, director of the Office of Youth Ministry for the Diocese, said, “Helping kids become adults in a positive fashion was at the heart of Linda McMahon’s work. She was, after all, a teacher first and foremost. …Dr. McMahon was incredibly instrumental in strengthening the Catholic identity of Marymount and promoting that identity to the thousands of students, faculty, and staff who would pass through the university during her 47 years as a professor, student affairs administrator, department head, and trusted confident and counselor to thousands of young and impressionable minds and hearts.”

In addition, Dr. McMahon has been on the Board of Catholic Charities of the Arlington Diocese for 21 years, serving as both president and chair. Under her leadership, Catholic Charities established Christ House, the food pantry, kitchen and shelter for the poor located in Alexandria, as well as the Saint Margaret Cortona housing facility in Woodbridge, which provides families with the support they need to become independent.

Student Service Awards
At the dinner, two Marymount MU students were also recognized for their service. Senior Benjamin Emrich, a theology major, received the St. Dominic Savio Award. Presented by Rev. Jack Peterson, Y.A., director of the Youth Apostles Institute and associate director of Marymount’s Campus Ministry Association, the award recognizes those who serve God by serving others. Krysti Patient, a fashion merchandising major, was named Marymount’s Campus Ministry Volunteer of the Year.

Father Peterson described Benjamin Emrich, known as Benj to his friends, as “an outstanding example of what it means to be a man of God through academic excellence, joy-filled presence, and service to others by leading them to Christ.” Benj started Esto Vir, the campus Catholic men’s group, which has two day-long retreats a year. In addition, he has been a regular participant in Marymount’s Alternative Spring Break service trips, Halloweenfest, and the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament. He also did a three-month internship with the Youth Apostles Institute

Krysti Patient, a Spirit of Service scholar at Marymount, is a Campus Ministry team leader. She volunteers weekly at Susan’s Place by cooking dinner for adults who struggle with homelessness; participates regularly in Grate Patrol, which reaches out to DC homeless people; and has participated in Alternative Spring break trips. Krysti also facilitates two weekly Bible study groups and started Ignite, a monthly ecumenical program with spiritual music, scriptural reflection, and discussion.
– Kevin Bohli (left), director of the Office of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Arlington, congratulates Dr. Linda McMahon, as Bishop Paul S. Loverde applauds her years of service.

PHOTO 2 – left to right: Dr. Matthew D. Shank, president of Marymount; Fr. Jack Peterson; Dr. Linda McMahon; Krysti Patient; Benjamin Emrich; and Fr. David Sharland, director of Marymount’s Campus Ministry

PHOTO 3 – Benjamin Emrich receives the St. Dominic Savio Award from Bishop Loverde

– Krysti Patient is presented with her Volunteer of the Year Award by Bishop Loverde