Service Awards Why Apply

The past year has been unlike anything that any of us have experienced before, and we know that the effects will remain long after the pandemic has gone. So for this year’s Service Awards, the Office of Vocations and the Face Forward program are asking entrants to reflect on how the pandemic has impacted or grown their faith.

This is the ninth year for the annual Face Forward Service Awards competition, open to all students in the Columbus Diocese in grades 8-12. Two $500 awards will be given based on the three criteria: a reflection on how the pandemic has shaped or grown their faith, level of parish involvement, and level of service to the community.  

To demonstrate just how easy it is to enter the Service Awards, we asked Vocations Director, Father Hahn to share his reflection on this year’s question. He says, the pandemic, “gave me time to really take stock of where I was at in my life, in my faith, and where I was at with the Lord.” He goes on to say that “it was a great opportunity to go deeper within myself and to see where I was with the Lord and how I could go forward in my personal relationship with Him.”

Of course, if the opportunity for reflection is a strong enough reason to apply for this year’s Service Awards, hopefully, the two $500 awards will be! And keep in mind that your response can be written or you can submit a video entry for your reflection. Of course, extra points are available for creativity with your video response! 

We promise that entry for the Service Awards is easy, quick, and you might even find it refreshing to reflect on some of the positives from this past year.

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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