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Celebration of Light

EVENT RECAP: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Our 6th annual Celebration of Light gala was held at the John J. Hemmingson Center on the campus of Gonzaga University on September 23, 2017.  Thank you to all who attended and financially supported our students, teachers, and schools. 

Our featured special guest was Cardinal Blase J. Cupich who flew in to receive the lifetime achievement award, named after Ann Doherty who dedicated her life to Catholic Education. Cardinal joins previous recipients: Don Herak (2012), Dr. Duane Schafer (2014), Al Faulkner (2016). Cardinal Cupich was instrumental along with Don Herak in the establishment of Nazareth Guild.

Throughout the evening student emcees from Trinity, St. John Vianney, St. Patrick’s (Pasco), St. Thomas More & Assumption (Spokane) shared how Nazareth Guild has positively impacted their schools. The featured student entertainment was a scene from Godspell, directed by Michael Barfield and performed by St. Aloysius students.

We look forward to celebrating and supporting our 16 Catholic Schools next September at our Celebration of Light annual gala, check back for details and date. 

If you would like more information about the Guild and how you can help please contact:

Debbie Battaglia– 509.744.3257 / dbattaglia@dioceseofspokane. org

Ann Doherty


In order to honor Ann, the Nazareth Guild created the Ann Doherty Award for Lifetime Achievement in Catholic Education.  Ann’s lifetime was filled with the grace and power of Catholic education and this award is given to an individual who has also given his or her life to the promotion and support of Catholic education.

View Lifetime Achievement Award Winners