DIOCESE OF DES MOINES
Seven to Receive Papal Honor on Sunday
Bishop Pates will distribute the highest honor given to the laity by the Holy Father
Seven individuals will receive from Bishop Richard Pates on Sunday, Sept. 15 the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, a high papal honor given to the laity in gratitude for their extraordinary service to the Church. Bishop Pates will present the honor during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Ambrose Cathedral.
Receiving the honor are: Donald and Charlene Lamberti, Jon and Constance "Candy" Narmi, Florence Roth and Nancy "Nan" Krause. William "Bill" Krause will be honored posthumously.
Donald Lamberti is co-founder of Casey's General Store and led the company for 35 years until he retired in 2003. He and his wife, Charlene, have long been generous community, parish and diocesan benefactors. The Lambertis, parishioners of Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Parish in Ankeny, have gifted $2 million toward the construction of the new Catholic elementary school in Ankeny. They have generously supported Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Parish in Ankeny, provided $2.1 million of initial funding for the faith-based substance abuse treatment program called Bridges of Iowa and offered initial funding to establish a head injury rehabilitation facility in Ankeny called On With Life.
The couple has been supportive of pro-life and college evangelization efforts. They have been active with multiple organizations such as the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, Iowa Right to Life, Legatus, Diocesan Bishop's Council, Serra Club, Knights of Columbus and more.
Jon Narmi is the founding partner of The Narmi Group and Candy Narmi is a sales associate for a local real estate company. Together, they have been active in their church and civic community. He sits on the board of St. Albert School Foundation and Catholic Charities' Phoenix House Domestic Abuse Shelter. He has also been highly supportive of Creighton University. She has been involved with civic and church organizations such as the Omaha Symphony, Dodge House, Joslyn, Meals on Wheels, Christian Women, St. Patrick Church Altar Society, American Business Women, Mercy Heritage awards dinner and more.
The couple, of St. Patrick Parish in Council Bluffs, has been instrumental in several successful capital campaigns for St. Albert School and they have been generous supporters of Creighton University in Omaha as well as other educational institutions.
Florence Roth has been involved in many church and community organizations. A longtime parishioner of St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale, she has been involved in the Altar and Rosary Society and various other women's groups. She has served as a lector, extra-ordinary minister of the Eucharist, RCIA sponsor and, with her husband, as sponsor for couples preparing for marriage.
Education has been a high priority for her and her late husband, Ed. She generously volunteered at St. Pius X School, Holy Family School and Dowling Catholic High School. They received the Guardian Angel award from Dowling Catholic. In 2010, Florence made a large gift to sponsor the Good Leaders, Good Shepherds continuing education program for priests of the diocese.
She has been a member of the Serra Club of Des Moines, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Diocesan Bishop's Council.
Bill Krause, along with his father-in-law, founded Kum & Go convenience stores and he helped create Liberty Bank. He was known for his strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit. He served on many philanthropic boards and supported a wide array of community organizations including Catholic education.
In 1996, he was asked to talk with students at Holy Family Grade School, an inner-city school where most families receive significant financial aid. He taught eighth graders through the Junior Achievement program for several years and encouraged his employees to visit the school and work with the class as well. He and his wife, Nan, helped increase enrollment by assisting with a capital campaign that established an endowment to provide significant financial support for tuition assistance. Almost all Holy Family students go to Dowling Catholic High School, also supported by the Krause family. They sponsor the Jennie Lillis Scholarship annually, and Bill and Nan provided Dowling Catholic the largest gift in the history of the school when the Krause family donated $3 million in the school's capital campaign to renovate classrooms.
The couple contributed to the University of Iowa for 41 consecutive years and created the Krause Challenge, an educational investment-management program for the state's three public universities and Drake University. Nan Krause is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in West Des Moines.
The honor these seven will receive was founded by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 and is given to individuals for their service to the Church and the Holy Father. The medal is a gold cross with fleurs-de-lis in the angles. On one side is a small image of Pope Leo XIII and on the other side are papal emblems.
"These seven individuals are representative of countless members of our Catholic community who participate in and contribute so much to the Church. We, in the Diocese of Des Moines, are abundantly blessed by such leadership and fidelity," Bishop Pates said.
The Diocese of Des Moines includes 81 parishes in 23 counties in central and southwest Iowa.
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Anne Marie Cox