“I just feel so privileged”

Archbishop William Skurla presents St. George emblem to Marylyn Barone for dedication to scouting

Archbishop William Skurla recognizes Marylyn Barone for her outstanding work in Scouting with the Saint George Emblem.

Archbishop William Skurla came to Holy Trinity in Wall, Pa. on Oct. 12 and concelebrated the 4 p.m. Divine Liturgy with Father Don Bolls. The reason for the shepherd’s visit was to award Marylyn Barone the St. George Emblem, recognizing all of her dedicated service to Scouting.

St. George is the patron saint of Scouting. Scout leaders are asked, like St. George, to publicly commit to their ideals. The National Catholic Committee on Scouting, acting through the local diocese, awards the St. George Emblem to individuals who have made significant and outstanding contributions through Scouting to the spiritual development of Catholic youth. It is the highest honor that a diocese may bestow upon a Scout Leader.

Marylyn will wear the St. George emblem around her neck, along with the Bronze Pelican, an award presented by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to registered Scouters who have given unselfish service to Catholic Scouting as one of the Church’s ministries to youth for a period of three or more years, and the Saint Joan of Arc Award.

This award is meant to recognize scouters/leaders who significantly assist in the promotion of the spiritual aspects of the scouting program in the Pittsburgh district in honor of John Cardinal Wright, recognizing his efforts and accomplishments in enhancing the scouting program while Bishop of Pittsburgh.

Marylyn expressed her gratitude. “I want to thank everyone who congratulated me. Working with boys and girls to earn their awards makes it easy for me to be recognized. I just feel so privileged to be able to do this.” Marylyn, the wife of Sam Barone Jr., is a reader at Holy Trinity, and a member of the Byzantine Catholic Serra Club,
in addition to her Scouting activities.