Mary Gangelhoff will receive the Diocesan Distinguished Service award following the Bishop Lucker Lecture on March 20 in Redwood Falls.

The annual Bishop Lucker Lecture, sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, will be held on Tuesday, 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.

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

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, being honored for her involvement with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of New Ulm; Deacon Steve Spilman of Courtland, being honored for his years of volunteer service to the Diocese of New Ulm; and Mary Gangelhoff of Sleepy Eye.

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. From 2009 through 2012, Gangelhoff served on the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accreditation Association Board representing the Catholic schools in out-state Minnesota.

On the diocesan level, Gangelhoff has been a significant contributor to the diocesan written religious education curriculum standards, which are being piloted this academic year. St. Mary’s elementary school in Sleepy Eye, where Gangelhoff is principal, is one of the elementary schools piloting the written curriculum standards for the Diocese of New Ulm Office of Catholic Schools and Office of Religious Education. She has lead her faculty in providing regular feedback to the diocesan offices.

Mary and her husband Greg have been married for 35 years. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. They are longtime members of the Church of St. Mary in Sleepy Eye, where Mary serves as a lector, Eucharistic minister and Eucharistic adorer. In addition, Mary and her husband serve in the marriage preparation program, mentoring engaged couples.