On Friday, May 17, 2013 Msgr. Philip Heslin, Diocese of Superior, was honored with the Lumen Christi Award at Cathedral of Christ the King.
Pictured at left (from left to right): Alan Rock, Catholic Charities Executive Director, Monsignor Philip Heslin, Brian Soland, Catholic Charities Retired Executive Director, and Rev. Andrew Ricci, Rector, Cathedral of Christ the King
Msgr. Heslin, a Chicago native who came to the diocese in 1957, was honored for his many accomplishments and devoted service spanning over 57 years.
As the Executive Director of Catholic Charities Bureau for 27 years, Msgr. Heslin played an integral role in the growth and expansion of services and programs supporting men, women and children in over 16 counties of NW Wisconsin. Amongst those present to honor the monsignor was Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Alan Rock, and his predicesor Brian Soland, who worked closely with Msgr. Heslin during some of the most formative years of the organization’s history. Mr. Kent Philips, long-time supporter of Catholic Charities programs and past Catholic Charities Bureau Board Chair, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Mr. Rock spoke to the rich legacy that has been passed forward and outlined future goals for the direction of Catholic Charities.
Upon acepting the Lumen Christi Award Msgr. Heslin entertained the large group with light-hearted memories of his many experiences including his initial introduction to his new home in the northern climate. When Msgr. Heslin first arrived in Superior, WI in the summer of 1957 the temperature was a sultry 38 degrees.
He remembers wondering what a northern Wisconsin winter would be like.
(All photos courtesy of Julie Kelemen, Staff Reporter with the Catholic Herald