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Deacon Bill Smith Honored with Stephens Award

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Mon, Jun 05, 2017 @ 04:22 PM

Deacon Bill Smith, DMin., and CDU Master of Theology - 2008, has been awarded the first “Stephen Award” by Deacon Digest. The Stephen Award, named for St. Stephen, deacon and martyr, is open to all 16,000 deacons in the USA and is presented for diaconal service. Bill, a deacon serving the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was selected for his service as volunteer Chief of Staff of the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative (, which serves the prison inmate population of California and the juvenile hall inmates in Los Angeles County.