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 2020 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, on Friday, February 7, 2020 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 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.  Last year’s honoree was Mr. Frank Hartge from St. Matthew the Apostle Parish.

Nomination Form – Due December 31, 2019

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  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 below.

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.



You may direct 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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