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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Richard Gallegos
Diocese of Boise, Idaho

Faith Unchained

For men and women serving a prison sentence, hope can be hard to find. But thanks to the tireless efforts of Richard Gallegos, inmates throughout Idaho know that no one is beyond God’s redeeming love. Since 2000, Gallegos and a dedicated team of ministers have been shining light into the darkness of prison cells. This sweeping ministry offers everything from Masses and Reconciliation to retreats and spiritual counseling. As much as the inmates have grown in faith, Gallegos’ ministry has also spoken to the hearts of the faithful across the diocese. Challenged by his example, more than 130 lay people have stepped forward to volunteer.

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