The Caritas Award is given annually to persons or organizations in recognition of outstanding service and love for humanity. The purpose of the Caritas Award is to recognize the individual or organization who has, by example and deed, served persons in need and advocated for justice and convened other persons of good will to do the same in a manner consistent with Catholic Social Teachings.
This Fall the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities North Dakota was honored to present the Caritas Award to Mike and Shawn Hagstrom in recognition of their tireless efforts inspiring youth to live out their faith through service to others. Over 125 people joined together at Sts. Anne & Joachim Church for a delicious meal and wonderful celebration of the Hagstrom’s efforts to form the hearts and minds of our young people through Mike’s many years of teaching a Charity + Justice at Fargo Shanley and Shawn’s forming a “Little Deacons” program at Holy Spirit School for preschoolers.
Michael and Shawn Hagstrom of Fargo have truly lived out their faith by serving others through their 33 years of marriage. From the start, their relationship involved helping the less fortunate. Both were influenced by the examples of Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Catholic Worker Movement and by Fr. Bill Mehrkens and the Covenant Group of the Newman Center at then Moorhead State University. One of their first dates was at the opening of the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality in Moorhead. Together they have given numerous talks, hosted many engaged couples’ weekends, and been involved in many other ministries. May their servant leadership encourage us all to make a difference in other’s lives in big and small ways that perhaps no one but the Lord may see.