Bishop Gartland Service Award

The Gartland Service Awards will be presented by Bishop Hartmayer on the Feast of Christ the King at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

The three criteria remain the same:

  1. (nature and impact of service) The candidate should be known to have performed what is generally recognized as outstanding service to the Church community, and should be known to have been faithful to his or her particular field of expertise, chosen career, profession or vocation.
  2. (scope of service) The candidate should be known to have been of service to the Church on the parochial or deanery level.
  3. (duration of service) The candidate should have been of service over an extended period of years. However, there is no minimum age for the candidate for this Award.

Note: As a general norm employees are not eligible for nomination.

Presupposition: The candidate for a Gartland Award must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church, or a non-Catholic “friend of the Church,” (the latter case by analogy with the papal Benemerenti medal) whose reputation is beyond reproach.

You are asked to use the following procedure:  in conjunction with appropriate parish leadership, choose the candidate(s) then complete the Gartland Nomination webform found on the Diocese of Savannah website.

There is no need to keep the nomination a secret from the nominee.

Each parish and each mission may nominate up to two persons. Nomination of both a husband and wife will constitute two nominations.

There is no obligation to submit any names; thus, if you send no nomination, there will be no reminder sent. Rather, the committee will judge that you have no candidate.

If you have any questions, please call the Pastoral Services office at 912-201-4126 or email to Maggie Blanc at

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