Published November 22, 2012
The St. Martin de Porres Society of St. Philip Benizi Church, Jonesboro celebrated its 10th anniversary with a Mass. Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., the parish’s former pastor, presided at the Nov. 3 Mass.
The event also marked the sixth annual presentation of scholarship awards to student parishioners of St. Philip Benizi Church who attend Catholic middle schools. The candidates must demonstrate a commitment to academics and service in their communities. Applicants are required to write an essay on St. Martin de Porres and how they would live out his virtues in today’s society. The scholarship is funded by members of the SMDP Society, parishioners, family and friends.
Two winners received $1,000 for tuition and books. There were also two runners-up who received $250 each. The presentations were made during the Mass by Helen Fisher.