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From left to right: Pat Legere-Hicks, Wanda Collazo, George Quigley, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

On Thursday, October 30th Bishop Michael F. Burbidge presented the Bishop F. Joseph Gossman Community Leadership and Service Award to Mr. George Quigley of Saint Ann in Fayetteville.

The award was presented during the 2014 Annual Community Partners Recognition Dinner at the Saint Michael Parish Center in Cary.

Mr. Quigley, who is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, received the award for his work giving back to the community as a volunteer. A former member of the Catholic Charities board, Mr. Quigley is known for his sense of humor and ability to help others.

“He’s a go-to guy … I used to joke and say he’s our own superhero and I want to be like George when I grow up, because he can make anything happen,” Lisa Perkins, director of the Catholic Charities Piedmont Deanery office, said.

On a video shown to dinner guests, Mr. Quigley said, simply, that he liked to be involved.

“I feel that I really don’t deserve [the award]. I could name more people who probably are more deserving, but I appreciate that I am being recognized,” Mr. Quigley added. “And I want to thank everybody.”

The Bishop F. Joseph Gossman Award is given annually to a Catholic individual in the diocese who has shown significant leadership toward achieving social outreach. Its goal is to recognize a person whose accomplishments are reflected in the broader community.

Bishop Gossman, who was the fourth bishop of Raleigh, was committed to enacting Catholic social teachings, especially for the poor and most vulnerable in our midst. He served as bishop of Raleigh from 1975 until his retirement in 2006. He died August 12, 2013.

Video from the  2014 Annual Community Partners Recognition Dinner highlighting the impact Mr. Quigley has had on Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh and his community.