Cause for the Canonization of
Servant of God
"Apostle of the Alleghenies"
2006 Prince Gallitzin Cross Award Recipient
Deacon Thomas E.
Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Bellefonte.
Described as “a very active and involved person in bringing the
presence of Jesus to the lives of others,” by Father Neil Dadey, pastor, who
nominated him for the award, Deacon Boldin has been active as a catechist for
both First Communicants and Confirmation candidates, has trained altar servers,
and with his wife Shirley and a group of lay persons formed a youth group for
students in grades 6 - 8. In the
spirit of the Reverend Prince he assists at all weekend liturgies, preaching on
a regular basis, conducting devotions and ministers to the homebound.
He shares Father Gallitzin’s evangelizing spirit through his ministry
at the Penitentiary at Rockview where he is in charge of the spiritual formation
of the inmates. “Tom is a great
guy,” says Father Dadey, “just ask anyone at the parish.”