The award is intended to recognize and applaud the good works of someone who has spent many years in catechesis helping individuals and communities encounter the Good News of Jesus. The award recipient is not revealed until the time of the presentation and is someone who is attending the annual meeting.
The criteria are that the recipient:
has worked in catechetical ministry a good number of years; has labored in the field with dedication and enthusiasm; has made a substantial contribution to the ministry and to the people they serve; has labored tirelessly, willingly and effectively for the sake of the Gospel without any thought of recognition - an "unsung catechetical hero"; has a current membership in NCCL or is a former member who has retired within the past 5 years.
In any given year, the Board can highlight an area/category that will be given preference in the selection process.