Nominations are now being accepted for the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, ‘Little Way’ award to be presented on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the St. Thérèse Feast Day event.

Two individuals will be recognized: one, a member of the Shrine Family (parishioner, alumnus, current or past parent and/or benefactor) and a second, outside of the Shrine community an individual who exemplifies the specified criteria. The worthy candidate deserving this recognition will be someone who has made a significant contribution to the Catholic Church and to their community.

Nominees exemplify in a ’big way’ the charism of St. Thérèse.

The phrase “the little way” of St. Thérèse captures an image of her understanding about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, one who seeks a holiness of life in the ordinary and the everyday. St. Thérèse translated “the little way” in terms of commitment to simple everyday tasks and the people she encountered each day. Therese’s spirituality is of doing the ordinary, with extraordinary love, living each day with an unshakable confidence in God’s love. “What matters in life,” she wrote, “is not great deeds, but great love.”

Please print or type all information and then attach supporting documentation as detailed below: Please consider the following characteristics for your candidate recommendation.

  •  Faith-filled, modeling the characteristics of St. Thérèse as listed above.
  • Individuals who nurture the Catholic community through service, stewardship, and involvement that mirrors the spirit of St. Thérèse.

Nominations and induction may be posthumously awarded. Please submit the following to support your nomination’s consideration for selection. Include a narrative of no more than two (2) pages that details your reasons that this candidate should be recognized as a recipient of the ‘Little Way’ award. Submit no more than an additional three (3) pages of supporting documentation which may include: letters of support, biographical information, awards, examples of their involvement and support of the National Shrine of the Little Flower and/or Catholic Church, etc. Submit to Wendy Anderson, Chair of the Stewardship Committee or Martin Alves, Director of Development, 2100 West Twelve Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI. Call 248.541.4122 x455 for additional questions or information.

Previous Little Way Award Recipients

2014 – Fr. Edward Prus and Deby Schlapprizzi

2015 – Sr. Noreen Ellison, SC (1958), Mary Harris and Msgr. William Easton

2016 – Kathy Dorsch and Beth Collison

Fr. Ed Prus, 2015 Little Way Award recipient, with 2016 award recipient Kathie Dorsch at the Little Way Award Ceremony September 26, 2016.