MORGANTOWN, W.Va., April 6, 2014 - Ryan Naumann, Wheeling Jesuit University Class of 2014, received the Aquinas Medal from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at the Catholic Schools Dinner in Morgantown, Sunday, April 6.
The Aquinas Medal is given to one member of the graduating class of each Catholic school in the Diocese, who, according to an acceptance letter from the Most Rev. Michael Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese, "best embodies the qualities of Catholic education: excellence in learning, faithful discipleship, leadership, service to school, parish and community." It is the highest honor given by the diocese to a student in a Catholic school.
Naumann, a Wheeling native, has served as a leader in several Campus Ministry programs, including retreats, liturgy and service, as well as leadership roles in other areas of campus. He was the student representative on the Jesuit Intellectual Experience Task Force, commissioned by the Board of Trustees to review the University's ability to provide an educational experience committed to faith and moral development and community service.
"Through his generous service and thoughtful reflection, Ryan helps other students live out our Jesuit, Catholic mission," said Jamey Brogan, director of Campus Ministry, Mission & Identity.
A mass for Catholic schools was celebrated on Sunday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales parish in Morgantown, followed by the dinner at 12:30 p.m. Naumann received the award from Rev. Jim Fleming, Wheeling Jesuit president. Other members of the Jesuit community, representatives of Campus Ministry and Ryan's family joined him at the mass and dinner.