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The Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club (CMLC) will be accepting nominations for the Columbus Diocese 2025 Catholic Man of the Year soon.

Please check back for more information on upcoming nomination opportunities as well as Luncheon updates.

In the meantime, please visit our past presentations (including the 2024 Catholic Man of the Year) and preview our schedule of upcoming luncheon topics.

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CMOTY Winners
- Mr. Henry Szabo

On February 2nd, 2024, the Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club awarded Henry Szabo of St. Brendan the Navigator parish with the honor of being the 2024 Catholic Man of the Year. CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW to listen to the recording of this very inspirational event!

CMOY 2024-02-02 Szabo

Mr. Henry Szabo was selected from among six nominees. His nomination form and testimonials included praise for his devoted service to the liturgy at his parish of St. Brendan the Navigator. He trains and leads altar servers and MCs, directs funeral logistics, serves as usher, lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Further, he volunteers at the Hilliard Food Pantry.

In his testimonial in the nomination submission, Fr. Jacob Stinnett noted, “Henry Szabo deserves to be recognized… for his hours of selfless service that he provides to his parish every week, which is fueled by his life of prayer and a humble heart that loves Jesus.”


He was presented the Catholic Man of the Year award by Bishop Fernandes at the annual recognition event conducted by the Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club on February 2, 2024.

Past Recipients

Past recipients of the Catholic Man of the Year award are pictured below. Some of their award presentaions may be found on the Speakers & Presentations page.

Nomination Instructions

The Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club (CMLC) is accepting nominations for the Columbus Diocese 2024 Catholic Man of the Year.  The winner will receive the award at Columbus St. Patrick Church, 280 N. Grant Avenue, on Friday, February 2, 2024 during the CMLC luncheon which immediately follows the 11:45 a.m. Mass.

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 share his personal testimony during the award ceremony which is then shared throughout the diocese through the Catholic Times and St. Gabriel Catholic Radio AM820.   

Selection Process

The process for selecting Catholic Man of the Year is challenging, because while each nominee is worthy, the Committee can only select one from those nominated. The Selection Committee consists of two men from these groups: Catholic Men's Luncheon Club, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Men's Ministry, Young Catholic Professionals, the Serra Club and a diocesan priest.  After careful consideration of all nominations, the Committee makes a recommendation to the Bishop. Last year’s honoree was Dr. Eric Yang from St. Peter Parish.

Nomination Form - Due by December 31, 2024
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. Use the nomination form found at

Please note: Posthumous nominations will not be accepted. Prior-year nominees may be updated and  re-submitted.

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 three 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 as one of the three testimonials.


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 at (614) 839-5700 or

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