The Archbishop’s Awards acknowledge the commitment to their faith, academic life, community and social justice of one student from each of 50 secondary schools in the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.
The 2021 awards were presented by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP during a live video conference for the students, their parents and principals on Friday 3 September.
This year’s Marist Catholic College Kogarah recipient is Charbel Rached.
Charbel is a humble young man deep in faith with a sense of purpose to help those around him. This is evident as he is actively involved in all dimensions of religious life at the College and in the many parishes in which he and his family are involved. He participates in all school liturgies with enthusiasm and serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. He has participated in College fundraisers which are at the core of the Marist Charism, such as Champagnat Week Religious Events.
He is also a member of the College Student Leadership Team where he continues to help guide young men through their faith journey. Charbel, outside of College life, is a parishioner at St Bernadette’s Catholic Church Carlton, St Michael’s Catholic Church Hurstville, St Luke’s Catholic Church Revesby, St Ambrose Catholic Church Concord West and St Charbel’s Catholic Maronite Church Punchbowl. Here, he is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, reader, altar server, a sacramental leader, a member of the choir as well as participating in community events such as the processions of the Station of the Cross during Lent.
He is a member of the Parish Youth Group and serves within the parishes by participating in various Church events such as, Eucharstic Adoration, Living Rosary Group and Divine Mercy Sunday liturgical participation. Charbel has found his calling to contribute to the many dimensions of the Church and displays qualities of a young man striving to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ.
Charbel received a medallion and certificate of recognition. The medallion is emblazed with the Archbishop’s Coat of Arms and motto.
Charbel’s strong faith and love of Christ is evident through his engagement in parish and school activities.