New Albany Deanery St. John Bosco Award

L to R: Debbie Fackler, Friar Bob Baxter, Debbie Cissel

Friar Bob Baxter, OFM Conv., has committed his life to serving God by helping people grow in their faith. On May 10, 2012, he was awarded the St. John Bosco Medallion for his dedication to young people in southern Indiana the Louisville, Kentucky, area.

The St. John Bosco Medallion is the highest award given in the New Albany deanery, as part of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, to those who have given extensive years of service to young people.  St. John Bosco is remembered for his work with children and young adults, especially those who were less fortunate.  The adults who receive this award share those characteristics with the saint.  By the work they do, they build a sense of faith and commitment in those they serve.

Friar Bob Baxter with Marlene Stammerman

Br. Bob is the energizer bunny of the Catholic Church in Southern Indiana. He’s been serving and ministering to young people for 35 plus years: as a religion teacher, Director of Religious Education, consultant, speaker, and retreat director. He brings the Nativity of Jesus to life, makes the Word of God relevant and applicable to our lives, models Franciscan spirituality, and serves with a passion and vision that draws people to a deeper walk with the Lord.

His nominator wrote this about him:

He’s a straight shooter from Bay Shore Long Island, New York, with a passion to connect and nurture youth and young adults to a living relationship with Christ,  He keeps it real… real in how he lives his life… real in how he lives his faith… he entered the Conventual Franciscan Order when he was 22 years old and professed his Solemn Vows 5 years later at the age of 27…he has served in Lorain Ohio, Indianapolis and came to us here in Southern Indiana in 2001… and we’ve never been the same…  but when you spend any time with Br Bob… you’re never the same.