September 14, 2018

Moulton Awards Magalie Yolanda Torres Rowe, of Lynn, with Third Annual Peter J. Gomes Service Award

Moulton: “Reverend Gomes was my greatest mentor in life, a man who dedicated his life to service and challenged others to do the same.”

Salem, MA - Today, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) announced that Magalie Yolanda Torres Rowe of Lynn, Executive Director and Founder of Latina Center Maria, was the recipient of the Third Annual Peter J. Gomes Service Award at a ceremony at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge. The Peter J. Gomes Service Award is given to an individual in the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts who best epitomizes the qualities of integrity, compassion, and commitment to community that were the foundation of the late Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes’ teachings.

"Reverend Gomes was my greatest mentor in life, a man who dedicated his life to service and challenged others to do the same,” said Moulton.

“He once said, 'Hope is the stuff that gets us through and beyond when the worst that can happen happens.' As we reflect on the anniversary of September 11th and look at the world around us, we need look no further for hope than Magalie and the rest of the nominees.

"In a time when so many are actively working to make it harder for our Spanish-speaking friends to fully participate in the social, economic, and cultural fabric of our nation, Magalie has stepped up — providing education and resources in Spanish that allow everyone to feel included in our community. Her dedication to service and her resourcefulness in fixing this problem are an inspiration to us all. I’m proud to give her this award in Reverend Gomes’ memory."

Following the award ceremony, Seth, Rowe, members of Seth’s staff, and volunteers participated in service activities at sites throughout the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island.

“Public service is important to me because I believe that each of us can make a better place to live, by loving, helping, and supporting each other,” said Rowe. “I remember one of my mentors, the well known Peruvian Theologian, Gustavo Gutierrez, OP, saying to the Catholic National Youth Summits, in Lima, Peru, and at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry; ‘Theology is the reflection of our praxis, so if you do not serve to your dear neighbors in your communities, you have nothing to reflect about.’ As an Associate Sister of St. Joseph, I try to serve always to my dear neighbor.”

Other finalists for the award this year included: Kristine Babcock of Beverly, Veterans Service Coordinator at North Shore Community College, Timothy Doane of Marblehead, Firefighter, Karen Finocchio Lubeck of Marblehead, Volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, and Richard Reed of Bedford, Bedford Town Manager.