A man known for his boundless energy, his passion for serving the poor and marginalized, and his love of the Church is being honoured by Newman Theological College.

Marc BaryloMarc Barylo has been named as this year’s recipient of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award. The award, named for the first layperson to serve as president of the college, recognizes individuals whose outstanding Christian leadership reflects the values of the college and the qualities that Carr cherished and exhibited in his work as president.

Marc is well known for his 30 years of work at Catholic Social Services, but the Carr Award particularly recognizes service to the community beyond the workplace. 

An active member of St. Joseph’s Basilica Parish, Marc has chaired the Liturgy Committee since 1980 and is a former chair of the parish pastoral council. He served as Master of Ceremonies for Archbishops Joseph MacNeil and Thomas Collins, and has trained generations of young altar servers. His organizational and leadership gifts have been lent to many major liturgical events at the Basilica, including the the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1984, installations of Archbishops, the wedding of Wayne Gretzky in 1988, and more recently, five years of Nothing More Beautiful evenings.

Marc has served on the board of the Edmonton Christmas Bureau, and each year has supervised the production and delivery of hundreds of Christmas hampers to needy households. He has also served the poorest of the poor overseas through the Philippines Self-Help Project, which has helped lift residents of the Payatas dumpsite near Manila out of hopeless poverty.

Marc Barylo will be honoured at the 11th Annual Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award Luncheon, on Thursday, October 30 at the Santa Maria Goretti Community Centre at 11:30 a.m.

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