Catholic Man of the Year

The Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club is accepting nominations for the Columbus Diocese 2021 Catholic Man of the Year.  The winner will have the honor of Bishop Robert Brennan presenting the award to him in a virtual ceremony on May 7, 2021.

Submit your nominations by March 31!

Download a Nomination Form from the button below, or learn more by following the button for Nomination Instructions.

2021 Stephan Johnson
2021 Stephan Johnson

Our Lady of Lourdes

2020 Ray Sheridan
2020 Ray Sheridan

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

2019 Frank Hartge
2019 Frank Hartge

St. Matthew Parish

2018 Tom Vollmer
2018 Tom Vollmer

St. Pius X

2017 Josef Banks
2017 Josef Banks

St. Dominic

2016 Jeff Bernard
2016 Jeff Bernard

St. Matthew

2015 Bill Hinger
2015 Bill Hinger

St. Michael

2014 Mike Stickle
2014 Mike Stickle

Blessed Sacrament

2013 Joe Buttress
2013 Joe Buttress

St. Anthony

2012 Tom Wagner
2012 Tom Wagner

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Catholic Man of the Year

On May 7th, Bishop Robert J. Brennan presented the 2021 Catholic Man of the Year award for the Diocese of Columbus to Mr. Stephan Johnson. The Zoom-based award ceremony was chaired by David Clark, President of the Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club and Development Officer with the Catholic Foundation. CLICK HERE OR THE VIDEO LINK BELOW to view the recording of this very inspirational event!

Past Recipients

Past recipients of the annual Catholic Man of the Year Award are pictured at left.

Details of the recipients (including audio recordings of their award presentation) will be added soon!

For more information about CMOY nominations and nomination instructions, click here.

Click here for a nomination form.


About Stephan Johnson - 2021 Catholic Man of the Year

Mr. Stephan Johnson is a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes church in Ada, Ohio. With his wife, Ann, they are raising four young children. Though both Ann and Stephan hold multiple college degrees, Stephan has chosen to be a stay-at-home dad while Ann is a professor at nearby Ohio Northern University. Stephan takes the children to daily Mass as well as to Eucharistic Adoration.


Stephan is a leader or volunteer in countless parish projects and activities. He conducts a daily online prayer group and coordinated the prayer groups for the parish’s consecration to Jesus through Mary and their consecration to St. Joseph. He is the unpaid de facto “tech person” for the clustered parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes and Immaculate Conception in Kenton, Ohio, and he set up livestreaming systems for the parishes after the beginning of the pandemic.


Stephan repairs or installs much of what needs to be done at the two parishes, including property tree issues, space renovations, statue painting, fixing plaster, replacing a rectory bathroom shower, scoping out a potential organ replacement project, and maintaining the parish websites.


He is involved in community activities, serving on the local library board, coaching track and field at the high school, volunteering at the Ada Food Pantry and even playing the bagpipes at a variety of events, including Ohio Northern University’s Veteran’s Day Memorial service.


Stephan was instrumental in re-establishing the parish council and now serves on the group. With his efforts, Eucharistic Adoration was reintroduced to the parish as well as a weekly Vespers service. He and his wife Ann recently agreed to accept responsibility as co-directors for PSR. Stephan coordinated his parish’s involvement in the 2021 Catholic Men’s Conference and is now creating a local men’s ministry. He has also brought his experience and his insight to the Newman Club at Ohio Northern University. Fellow parishioners feel blessed to call Stephan their friend and believe that the whole parish – and the whole diocese – is better for having him at Our Lady of Lourdes.



AWARD WINNER Stephan Johnson (Our Lady of Lourdes, Ada)


Jose Banaag (Our Lady of Lourdes, Marysville)

John Bradford (St. Mary, Lancaster)

Mark Butler (Holy Spirit, Columbus)

Jim Cogan (St. Brendan, Hilliard)

Matthew Curoe (St. Thomas More Newman Center, Columbus)

Dan DeMatte (St. Catharine, Columbus)

Jim Foley (Immaculate Conception, Columbus)

James Gernetzke (St. Matthew, Gahanna)

Thomas Lisk (St. Patrick, Columbus)

George Medary (Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Columbus)

Keith Mickley (St. Luke, Danville)



Robert Poirier (Immaculate Conception, Columbus)

Charles Mers (St. Paul, Westerville)

Tom Mignery (St. Matthew, Gahanna)

Fenton Moore (St. Andrew, Columbus)

Matt Palmer (St. Catharine, Columbus)

Joseph Pauls (St. Mary, Chillicothe)

John Reiner (St. Brigid, Dublin)

Aaron Richards (St. John Neumann, Sunbury)

Gregory Savoldi (St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus)

Raymond Stankunas (St. Edward, Granville)

Catholic Men's Luncheon Club Catholic Man of the Year Details

The Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club is accepting nominations for the Columbus Diocese 2021 Catholic Man of the Year.  The winner will have the honor of Bishop Robert Brennan presenting the award to him at Columbus St. Patrick Church, 280 N. Grant Avenue, (date and time to be announced).

About the Award

This award has a long tradition in the Diocese of Columbus. Nominees must be laymen who, through their daily actions, words, and prayers, exemplify the “good and faithful servant.” The recipient of the award will be given the opportunity to share his personal testimony during the award ceremony which is then shared throughout the diocese through the Catholic Times and St. Gabriel Catholic Radio.  

Selection Process
The process for selecting an individual is challenging, because while each nominee is worthy, only one honoree can be selected from the many nominated. The selection committee is comprised of two men from each of the following organizations: Catholic Men's Luncheon Club, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Men's Ministry, Catholic Men's Retreat League, the Serra Club, and a diocesan priest.  After careful consideration of all nominations, the Committee makes a recommendation to Bishop Brennan.  

Nomination Form
Please nominate men in the diocese whom you believe would serve as an inspiration and would strengthen all Catholic men to continue living their vocation of holiness. All are invited to nominate men in the diocese whom you believe would serve as an inspiration and would strengthen all Catholic men to continue living their vocation of holiness. Use the online nomination form found here.

Requested Nominee Information

Include the following information in the Nomination Form from the website. (1) List and describe specific qualities of the nominee, addressing the person’s: spirituality and how he exemplifies Christ in his home, parish, and the community. Make your remarks as descriptive as possible, using a maximum of 500 words. (It is more important what you write than how much you write). (2) A brief biographical sketch of the nominee. (3) A list of the nominee’s group involvements, including parish activity, family life and community service. (4) You may attach up to five written witness testimonials (letters or remarks) from others who know the nominee and can testify to his qualifications, attesting to the nominee’s love of God and of others, as shown through his service, including examples of how the nominee lives the Catholic faith. Please consider a letter from the nominee's pastor.

The Luncheon

All nominees are invited to the award ceremony and luncheon as guests of the Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club.


Direct further questions regarding the nomination or selection process should be directed to Tim Merkle, Past-President CMLC at  (614) 839-5700 or