The Rev. Raymond Monsour, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Le Center, and Monsignor John Sweeney, retired, are recipients of the 2000 Distinguished Alumni Awards from the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity. They were selected for their outstanding service as pastors and for their service to the broader community.

Monsour, class of 1963, was honored for his work with the local Hispanic community, the archdiocesan mission in Venezuela, and rural ministry where he presently serves.

Sweeney is known for his long history of working with youth, the establishment of the CYC camp near McGregor, Minn., his role on the seminary faculty, and his contributions to choral music in the archdiocese.

Fellow alumni, relatives, friends and the seminary community gathered at a Mass April 13 in St. Mary’s Chapel. The awards were presented to them at a reception following the liturgy. Archbishop Harry Flynn; the Rev. Phillip Rask, rector; and Monsignor William Baumgaertner, chair of the Distinguished Alumni Committee, hosted the event.