Congratulations Liam and Isaac!

Service Awards Winners 2020

The Office of Vocations of the Diocese of Columbus and the Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth program are pleased to announce Liam Zacovic and Isaac O’Rielley as the winners of this year’s Service Awards

In its 8th year, the Service Awards recognize two students in the Columbus Diocese in grades 8-12 for their outstanding service activities within their community and parish. Each winner will receive a $500 award. This year, applicants were asked to share who inspires them in their life of service and why. 

Face Forward received more than double the number of entries than last year, and identified 11 finalists from throughout the Diocese of Columbus before selecting Liam and Isaac as the winners of the $500 awards. 

Liam Zacovic

In the 11th grade at Bishop Hartley High School and a parishioner of St Pius X, Liam Zacovic credits Father David Young, the pastor of St. Pius X, with inspiring him to lead a life of service. “When I first served for Fr. Dave on the altar, I quickly noticed his deep reverence and love for the Eucharist, which inspired me to pursue the same sort of love for the Blessed Sacrament.” notes Liam.  In addition to serving mass, Liam is on the Parish Advisory Council, participates in youth ministry, helps with various parish activities and events, and is an Eagle Scout. 

Of Fr. Young, Liam says, “His loving example of what the priesthood should be, amidst all of the modern chaos of what the priesthood represents, has led me to seriously consider the priesthood, and constantly inspires me to work to grow in my relationships with God and others.” 

Isaac O’Rielley

Serving on the altar has been an inspirational experience for Isaac O’Rielley, as well. In the 12th grade at Olentangy High School and a parishioner of St. Joan of Arc, Isaac credits both Father James Black and  Parochial Vicar, Father Stephen Smith with being his inspiration in his life.

In writing his award application, Isaac reflects on his first time serving with Fr. Black, “I was able to go up on the Altar and enjoy my first time serving, because I knew he was there to guide me with grace and peace, just as if he were the Lord offering his hand in help.” He goes on to say, ”Father Smith has continued over the last year and a half to push my limits as an Altar Server and every time I think I can’t he proves to me that with God’s grace, I can.” 

Isaac is also in his school’s Service Club, and active with the Columbus Police Honor Guard which he volunteers with along with his dad who is a Columbus Police Officer. “God placed in my heart a way to serve him and my two Priests have helped me carry out this service to my community and Lord.”

Please join us in extending our congratulations to these two extraordinary young men, along with the other Finalists and entrants who truly represent what it means to be an Inspired Young Catholic.

As the Diocese of Columbus reorients itself towards evangelization, the Diocese is beginning to invest more time and resources into a diocesan-wide social media presence.  As this is now beginning to grow, the Vocations Office will no longer need to carry the message in social media as the Vocations Office.  The new Social Media Department of the Diocese will have the mission of spreading the Gospel through social media and will be the avenue by which the Vocations Office works to promote a culture of vocations.  As the Vocations Office we will still continue our information website,  This site will be going through an exciting transformation over the next several months as the Diocese moves to a new platform.  We will also begin running our vocations-oriented messages, event announcements, and news through the diocesan social media platform.  Because of this, Face Forward’s time will be coming to a close at the end of this month.  We thank all of those who have been a part of this important work in the life of the local Church. We look forward with excitement to the spread of the Gospel and the cultivation of a culture of vocations as we enter this new phase in the life of the Diocese of Columbus.  Please continue to follow along with us through our site and through the Diocese of Columbus Social Media platform.



In Christ,
Fr. William Hahn