Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki will present his Treasures of the Church awards at four Lenten Luncheons in the next month and a half. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities Milwaukee)

No one person or group is called alone to do charity. The Lenten Luncheons shine a light on the many acts of kindness and good works by the Treasures of the Church Award recipients and the mission of Catholic Charities to serve neighbors in need.

Inspired by the legend of St. Lawrence, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki will award his “Treasures of the Church Award” in partnership with Catholic Charities at the Lenten Luncheons hosted by local parishes.

The award honors individuals, organizations and religious orders for their compassion, service and support for people in our communities who are impacted by poverty and in need of our care.

In 2006, as the leader of the Diocese of La Crosse, then-Bishop Listecki established the “In My Name” award and luncheon in support of their local Catholic Charities. Bringing this theme with him to Milwaukee, Archbishop Listecki created the Lenten Luncheons and the Treasures of the Church Award to raise awareness of Catholic Charities’ mission to serve those most in need here in southeastern Wisconsin.

Among the works of charity to be honored, this year’s awardees will be recognized for their service to care for the homeless, the poor and children with disabilities; leadership in Catholic education both locally and internationally; volunteerism as a tutor and work as a teacher for young people in our cities; and a mission to visit the homebound and hospitalized.

They will honor the work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Kenosha, the Sheboygan Food Bank and the Franciscan Peacemakers.

The legacy of religious sisters like the Wheaton Franciscans and Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary continue to make a difference for the voiceless and unseen in our communities.

R&R Insurance will be recognized for inspiring a workplace where the Catholic tradition of service, caring for the less fortunate and investing in the communities where they work is a priority.

You can attend one of the four Lenten Luncheons. The luncheons all run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates: Monday, March 14, at St. Anthony on the Lake Parish (W280 N2101 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee); Tuesday, March 22, at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary (3257 S. Lake Drive, St. Francis); Monday, March 28, at St. Dominic Parish (2133 N. 22nd St., Sheboygan); and Tuesday, April 5, at Bristol Oaks Golf Club (16801 75th St., Bristol).

Space is limited. To register, become a sponsor and learn more about Catholic Charities, Lenten Luncheons and the Treasures of the Church Award, visit All proceeds from the luncheons support the programs and services of Catholic Charities throughout the 10 counties of southeast Wisconsin. For questions, contact Jessica Brandt at or 414-769-3414.