An illustration of the Cheverus Medal which is being produced by Long’s Jewelers. The medal will be presented to 67 people chosen for their service to the Church and God’s people. Pilot photo/ Courtesy Long’s Jewelers
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Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley will present 67 people with the newly inaugurated Cheverus Medal at the closing Mass of the archdiocesan bicentennial Nov. 23.
The medal is named for the city’s first bishop, Jean-Louis Anne Magdelaine Lefebvre de Cheverus, who led the diocese from 1808 until his return to France in 1824. Bishop Cheverus died in 1836 as the archbishop of Bordeaux.
The recipients -- who include laypeople, religious and deacons -- were chosen for their service to the Church and God’s people.
Recipients were nominated by their area vicar and approved by their regional bishop and Cardinal O’Malley.
The sterling silver medal that will be presented to them is oval-shaped, bearing a likeness of Bishop Cheverus based on the Gilbert Stuart portrait. On the reverse side is the bishop’s coat of arms, said Daniel McEachern, the head designer at Burlington-based Long’s Jewelers, the company who supplied the medals.
Long’s fashioned the rings presented to Bishops John A. Dooher and Robert F. Hennessey at their 2006 episcopal ordinations. The company also made the 18k gold cufflinks the cardinal presented to Pope Benedict XVI on the Holy Father’s birthday that he celebrated during his April trip to the United States, said Robert Rottenberg, the company’s CEO.
“The cardinal once had his own ring, given to him by Pope John Paul II, sized to prevent it from slipping off his finger at Long’s,” he said.
“It was an incredible honor to be asked by Cardinal O’Malley to join him in the design and creation of these medallions. It is always a pleasure to work on custom jewelry design projects with Cardinal O’Malley and help make his vision a reality,” he said.
The cardinal provided the image of Bishop Cheverus which McEachern used to develop the first view of the medal by creating a computer aided design of the bishop and the coat of arms. From this three dimensional drawing, a lead die was created from which the medallions were cast.
“The challenge with producing any custom piece is always in the execution,” McEachern said. “How can the vision come to life in a way that is both representative and appropriate when in metal?”
Both McEachern and Rottenberg spent time evaluating the various options available for production, such as whether to hand make, cast or create a die strike, he said.
“Ultimately because of the quality desired and because this piece will be reproduced in the future, Long’s chose to create a die strike for the sterling silver. Dies offer an extremely clean and crisp piece that is wonderful for highlighting details,” he said.
The Nov. 23 Mass to close the archdiocese’s bicentennial year will be celebrated at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End. All members of the archdiocese are encouraged to attend.
Cheverus Award recipients
Grace Alexander, Newton
Deacon Alfred Balestracci, North Reading
Annmarie Bannister, Littleton
John Barros, Roxbury
Francine Bell, Abington
William Caines, Medford
Edmond Cantin, Lynn
Nancy Carapezza, Wayland
Mary Carney, Danvers
Meyer Chambers, West Roxbury
John Corcoran, Lynn
Brother James Curran, Boston
Robert Curran, Wakefield
Jean Marie Daniels, Mattapan
Robert and Mrs. Mary DeCoste, Dover
Linda DeCristoforo, Revere
Sister Germaine Demers, PM, Methuen
Rose Dittmer, Melrose
Elizabeth Donnelly, Danvers
Alma Driscoll, Weymouth
Richard Erikson, Peabody
Mary Farrell, Peabody
Edward Fee, Saugus
Anna-Marie Ferraro, Arlington
Sister Zita Fleming, CSJ, Boston
Harry Foden, Winchester
David Francis, Plymouth
Orlando J. Germano, Jr., Boston
Stephen and Mrs. Maureen Gervais, Lowell
John Hurley, South Boston
Dulceneia Junqueira, Brighton
Joseph Kosciuszek, Georgetown
Daniel Kurema, Raynham
Aldona Lingertat, Milton
Sister Pauline Leblanc, SCO, Lowell
Thomas Ledbetter, Roslindale
Deacon Barry Lloyd, Lowell
Sister Ricci Lloyd, CSJ, Framingham
John Manuel, Hyde Park
Ray Martin, Beverly
Richard Matulis, Roslindale
Mary V. McCabe, Medford
Frances McDonnell, Wellesley
Mary McHale, Boston
Evangelina Monge, East Boston
Sharon Moore, Wrentham
John and Altie Nichols, Danvers
Hoa Nguyen, Charlestown
Chief Michael Okafor, Hyde Park
Soo Gyun Park, Westwood
Linda Perrino, Peabody
Thong and Mrs. Dietu Phamduy, Lowell
Dr. Robert Querze, Plymouth
Brother Rene Roy FMS, Lawrence
Deacon John D. Salenius, Quincy
Edward J. Sampson, North Andover
Armand Soucy, Beverly
Elizabeth Sterling, Lynn
Theodore Szymanski, Woburn
Dorothy Talbot, Danvers
Steve Tam Ph.D., Wellesley
Sister Teresa Vesey, CSJ, Weymouth
William White, Lynn
Kathleen Woodward, Walpole
[Source: Cardinal’s Office]