LETTER: Seeking Nominees For Peter J. Gomes Service Award
Aug 11, 2017 05:27AM ● Published by Theresa Gilman
Peter J. Gomes Service Award
I am proud to announce and open nominations for the second annual Peter J. Gomes Service Award. The award is given to an individual in the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts who best epitomizes the qualities of integrity, compassion, and commitment to community that were the foundation of the late Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes’ teachings.
The Reverend Professor Peter John Gomes was a Christian minister who served for nearly forty years in The Memorial Church of Harvard University. As a preacher, teacher, author, and leader, he influenced many with his ready wit and wisdom and, perhaps above all, with his commitment to service, whether to his immediate community, in support of those in the armed forces, or to universal humanitarian causes. As the late Professor wrote, “The very definition of service is to love our neighbors as ourselves, work for peace and not for war, and remember that the only hands on earth to do the work of service are our own.” These words, which echoed through the Memorial Church, erected to honor the Harvard public servants who died in World War I, influenced my own journey to serve in the Marines, and later as a Member of Congress.
The annual Peter J. Gomes Service Award is given to a resident of the Sixth Congressional District who best exemplifies his commitment to service. Last year, we were honored to have an inspiring cohort of nominees for our first ever Peter J. Gomes Service Award. After considerable deliberation we were pleased to present the award to Andrew DeFranza, Executive Director of Harborlight Community Partners, for his incredible work as an affordable housing advocate. I was inspired by many of the nominees and was proud to have the opportunity to recognize their work serving the people of the 6th District. The success of the award was made possible by the many community members who took the time to nominate their friends, neighbors, and coworkers for the award; so today I am asking for your participation again.
If you or your organization knows of someone who might qualify for the award, please take a moment to nominate them here. Nominations should include a list of specific projects with which the individual has been involved, along with pertinent biographical details and an account of his or her vision and practice of service as exemplified by those of the late Professor Gomes.
The nomination period will close on August 27, 2017. The Peter J. Gomes Service Award will be presented on Sunday, September 10, 2017 and will be directly followed by a Day of Service.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dylan O’Sullivan in my district office, at Dylan.OSullivan@mail.house.gov or (978) 531-1669.
Thank you for your consideration and interest.
Member of Congress