Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre presented Ruth Coughlin and Deacon David Lucheon with the St. Peter Award at the Catholic Foundation of East Tennessee dinner in Knoxville on Dec. 5.
Deacon Hicks Armor, director of stewardship and strategic planning for the diocese, also took part in the presentations.
Mrs. Coughlin, Deacon Lucheon, and his wife, Chris, were honored for their lengthy support of the foundation that provides funding for seminarian education and the purchase of property for churches in the diocese.
Prior to the Knoxville reception, Archbishop Fabre celebrated Mass for CFET members at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The archbishop, serving as apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Knoxville, attended CFET receptions in Chattanooga on Dec. 11 and Kingsport on Dec. 20.
Since its inception, the Catholic Foundation of East Tennessee has distributed more than $4 million to help the diocese form future priests and build churches.