Msgr. James D. Dawson is the pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church in Cheney, Nebraska.
He has served the diocese of Lincoln in a variety of positions during his many years of priesthood - as Superintendent of St. Pius X High School, Vicar General of the diocese, financial advisor to the diocese, Rector of the Cathedral, and Delegate of the Bishop for Special Matters.
The committee chose Msgr. Dawson for his generous pastoral service as a parish priest but also for his outstanding diocesan leadership in the areas of education and administration for the diocese.