Scott and Kristal Sisson of Our Lady of Victories Parish in Pascagoula were presented with the Lumen Christi Award.
Meaning “light of Christ” in Latin, the Lumen Christi Award is a special recognition by the Bishop of those who shine with the light of Christ. This year the Sissons were the recipients.
Kristal is the principal of Resurrection Catholic Middle/High School and Scott teaches 7th-grade theology at RCMHS, coaches the girl’s volleyball team with Coach Tucker, and is the Dean of Student Services. Their contribution to the growth of RCS, especially in the way of Catholic identity and spiritual development, earned them this prestigious award.
Father Adam Urbaniak, accompanied by the Sissons’ daughter Sophie and senior class president Collin Cumbest, presented the Sissons with the award during the school’s weekly mass.
“Scott and I are honored to receive the Lumen Christi Award. For many years, I have watched others receive this award and had such great admiration for these people of faith. I do not think that I am worthy of the award, but I am certainly grateful that I was selected by OLV,” said Kristal.
The Sissons are always ready and willing to help the parish in any way they can. They coordinate helpers for OLV and the St. Vincent de Paul store and Kristal and RCS students help with the altar at Christmas. Kristal even serves as a Eucharistic Minister every Wednesday morning during the school mass.
The Sissons are intentional disciples of Jesus Christ and are considered to be hidden heroes who inspire others. As someone who has been inspired by them, Collin Cumbest is grateful for their leadership.
“The Sissons are at the forefront of our religious education. With every decision they make, they put the staff and students’ spiritual well-being as a priority. We know they care about our academics, but more importantly, they care about our relationship with Christ,” said Cumbest.
“We know the difference that Catholic education makes in the lives of our students and in the community. We are honored to be a part of OLV and RCS. Bishop Kihenman and Father Adam are dedicated to supporting RCS in our efforts to form intentional disciples of Jesus Christ, and Scott and I have always felt such wonderful support from them,” said Kristal.