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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—On the morning of January 14, members of the faithful from parishes across the Diocese of Birmingham gathered at the Cathedral of St. Paul to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The occasion was the annual MLK Prayer Breakfast. Bishop Steven Raica, as well as Bishop Emeritus Robert Baker, were in attendance. Father Reginald D. Norman was the guest speaker.
During the breakfast, the Diocesan Office of Black Ministry awarded Claude C. Davis of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Huntsville, Ala. and Rose Tolliver-Munford of All Saints Catholic Church in Anniston, Ala. with the 2023 Sister Rita Washington Stewardship Award. They were chosen based on their commitment and stewardship with the diocese, the Office of Black Catholic Ministry, their church, and their community.
Past recipients include Sister Rita Washington, Rose T. Sturdivant, Jane Sweeney, Reba Watts, Father Vernon F. Huguley, John and Lenora Bolling, Richard Harris, Horace Garland Jackson, Deacon Walter Henderson, Thomessia Moore-Lawson, Olivia Hill, Oather Jones, Diane Greene, Bruce and Helen Taylor, Cleophos Vann, Al Sims, Trudi Stinson, Deacon Douglass Moorer, and Angela Rembert.