Nominations Now Being Accepted for Catholic Man of the Year 2020

Award Ceremony Details

The Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club (CMLC) is accepting nominations for the Columbus Diocese 2019 Catholic Man of the Year.  The winner will have the honor of Bishop Frederick Campbell presenting the award to him at Columbus St. Patrick Church, 280 N. Grant Avenue, on Friday, February 1, 2019 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 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 of the nominees may be “Catholic Man of the Year” in the eyes of his nominators, 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 (CMLC), Knights of Columbus, Catholic Men's Ministry, Catholic Men's Retreat League, and the Serra Club along with a parish priest for spiritual guidance.  After careful consideration of all nominations, the Committee makes a recommendation to the Bishop.  Last year’s honoree was Mr. Josef Banks, of St Dominic Parish (now deceased).

Nomination Form – Due December 28, 2018

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. Download the nomination form at, complete and submit via email to with “Catholic Man of the Year 2018” in the subject line.

Requested Nominee Information
(1) List and describe any specific qualifications of the nominee, addressing the person’s: spirituality and how he lives the life of Christ in the home, the parish, and the community. Your remarks should be 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 additionally include 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. Copy and paste the testimonials into the nomination form, or send them directly to:


The Luncheon


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



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


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