Deacon Robert DeLuca has been named the recipient of the 2017 Sr. Marie Celinie Joubert Catechetical Award for Excellence in Forming the Faithful. The award was presented to Deacon DeLuca by Bishop Felipe Estévez at an awards banquet held on May 4 at Cathedral Parish School in St. Augustine. Principal Todd Orlando who nominated Deacon DeLuca for this prestigious award was also in attendance.
In 1990, Deacon DeLuca expanded Bishop Kenny’s young Campus Ministry initiative into a multi-dimensional program. He serves as Chairman of both the Campus Ministry and Religion departments. Working together, these departments play an essential role in helping students experience living and learning in the light of faith. Great care and planning is evident in all of our liturgical services, retreats, and faculty catechesis training sessions. Perhaps, the most important task of the Office of Campus Ministry is the ongoing pastoral care and counseling through which students receive help in dealing with issues of personal growth, and in coping with times of stress or crisis. The numerous initiatives of Deacon DeLuca include the following:
- Designed, developed and implemented a comprehensive annual recruitment and training program for rising seniors from our diocesan high school who aspire to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion during the senior year.
- Designed, developed and implemented on-campus, quarterly “spiritual conferences” (retreats) for students in all grade levels.
- Initiated an annual pilgrimage to Washington, DC for faculty and students desiring to participate in the annual March for Life, thereby building a Pro Life culture on our campus.
- Initiated Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament as a regular devotion provided by the Office of Campus Ministry.
- Introduced Marian Consecration as a spiritual component of our freshman religion curriculum.
- Re-constructed and implemented a four-year college preparatory religion curriculum rooted in the “USCCB Framework for High School Religion”.
- Lead contributor to the “Gospel of Life Course” offered to all seniors enrolled in our diocesan high schools. The course was evaluated and endorsed by the National Office of Bioethics.