McCarthy Student Christina Wells honored as “Woman of Faith”

womanOfFaithPictured above: Christina Wells, of Plantation and Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School student, was honored as a “Woman of Faith” by the Archdiocese of Miami. The youngest honoree Wells was recognized for her work, dedication and commitment to the Catholic Church. Top Photo 1 features Christina  with Principal Richard P. Jean and Theology Chair Christopher Covone, 2- Christina Wells with  Archbishop Thomas Wenski,  3- Christina with her family: Tim Wells, Anthony Wells, Donna Wells, Christina Wells of Archbishop McCarthy High School and Marie and Ed Patruno, 4 –  Principal Jean and Christina Wells admire the Women of Faith award presented to Christina Wells. To view the award: (Photo credit Bonnie Braun Archbishop McCarthy and Thomas Tracey for the ADOM)

Southwest Ranches, FL… November 13, 2014….Christina Wells, a senior at Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches and resident of the City of Plantation, was honored as a “Woman of Faith” at an awards luncheon.

Wells was honored with nine other women by Archbishop Thomas Wenski at the inaugural event sponsored by the Archdiocese of Miami. Wells was the youngest recipient of the award and was presented a religious medallion inscribed with the name of the saint whose virtuous qualities she represented. The honorees were recognized for their dedication and commitment to the Church along with their fundraising efforts, special projects, ministries, and service.

“Christina was nominated for the virtue of youth, whose patron is St. Maria Goretti,” stated Richard P. Jean, Principal at Archbishop McCarthy. In 2011 Wells established “Hugs for the Homebound”, a ministry encouraging teams of students to visit 45 homebound members of her Plantation parish, St. Gregory, where she serves as a lector at the night teen Mass and had been an altar server. Wells also raised $7500 for the Archbishop McCarthy High School Endowment Fund which benefits families facing health crises.

At the luncheon, Archbishop Wenski quoted St. Pope John Paul II’s 1995 letter to women: “Thank you every woman for the simple fact of being a woman; you enrich the world’s understanding and help make human relations more honest and authentic.” The Archbishop added, “Women play a vital part and special role in the Church; it has been that way since the very beginning.”

Proceeds from the luncheon will support Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Miami.

St. Maria Goretti: Feast Day: July 6, Patron of youth, young women, purity, and victims of rape, Birth: 1890, Death: 1902.  For information about please visit


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