Bishop Murphy Award

About the 2018 Bishop Murphy Award recipients

The Bishop Murphy Award recognizes the lifelong commitment of individuals who share and live their Catholic faith in ways that continue the evangelizing mission of Jesus Christ. The award is presented to individuals who have given witness throughout their lives, in word and deed.
The award is named for the Most Rev. William Francis Murphy, the first bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw. The diocese was formed in 1938, and under Bishop Murphy’s leadership the Diocese of Saginaw gained a widespread reputation for social and charitable work among the poor.


Sister Elaine Raymond
Mission Sisters of the Holy Spirit
87 years old
Active member of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, Saginaw

Examples of faith in action:

  • Introduced SPRED (Special Religious Education) to the Diocese of Saginaw more than 40 years ago
  • Teaches special needs children and adults about the Catholic faith and prepares them to receive the Sacraments
  • Has trained many other leaders to educate students in the SPRED program
  • Chaplain at Covenant HealthCare
  • Volunteer at Southern Care Hospice and Covenant VNA Hospice
  • Minister at the Saginaw County Jail
  • Volunteers at local food pantries and the Ezekiel Project in Saginaw

Charles Wargel
Retired engineer, General Motors
81 years old
Husband and father
Active member of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, Saginaw
Examples of faith in action:

  • “Full-time volunteer” for Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity for 20 years
  • 40,000+ hours volunteering as Project Manager for Habitat
  • Been part of building and/or renovating 184 homes in the region
  • Developed the local Habitat chapter’s home repair project, which has helped more than 400 families
  • Volunteers with Fr. Cedric Ministries