The Most Reverend John M. LeVoir, bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm, presented the 2015 Diocesan Distinguished Service Award to six Catholics of the diocese prior to the 12th annual Bishop Lucker Lecture, held Monday, March 9, at the Church of St. Catherine in Redwood Falls.

The Most Reverend John M. LeVoir, bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm, presented the 2015 Diocesan Distinguished Service Award to six Catholics of the diocese prior to the 12th annual Bishop Lucker Lecture, held Monday, March 9, at the Church of St. Catherine in Redwood Falls.

The Diocesan Distinguished Service Award (DDSA) recognizes individuals for their committed service and outstanding contributions to the Diocese of New Ulm’s mission and ministry. Chris Heiderscheidt of Sleepy Eye was one of the recipients.

Heiderscheidt served as president of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women between 2012 and 2014, a position that entailed presiding at all DCCW officer meetings, attending all regional CCW meetings, and writing a monthly column in the Diocese of New Ulm newspaper, The Prairie Catholic. She continues to serve the DCCW as its immediate past president – a position she will hold until 2016 – and as its representative to the Diocesan Pastoral Council. In addition, she also served the diocese as a member of the Diocesan Finance Council between 2009 and 2012.

The other five Diocesan Distinguished Service Award recipients are: Steve Schreiber of New Ulm, Sharon Illikman of New Ulm, Dr. Thomas Lyke of Hutchinson and Deacon Russell and Debra Blaschko of North Mankato.