Service Award



The Third Annual Peter J. Gomes Service Award

The nomination period is now CLOSED for the third annual Peter J. Gomes Service Award and Day of Service. The Award Ceremony and Day of Service will be held on Sunday, September 9th, 2018 from 9:00am-12:30pm. We will again recognize an outstanding group of individuals who have given back to their communities here in the 6th District, and select one deserving recipient for the Gomes award. We will take time at the award ceremony to recognize our servant leaders and then roll up our sleeves and head out into the community to honor their service with action. We have a number of service projects at sites throughout the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island where we will spend the morning cleaning up beaches, clearing pathways and otherwise giving back to the community. There is no RSVP required for the award ceremony. However, since service slots are limited, RSVP for the morning of service is required here.

2018 Peter J. Gomes Service Award Ceremony (No RSVP Required)
Sunday, September 9th, 2018
Parker River Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center
6 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950
Morning #Serve with Seth Opportunity (RSVP required here ) 
Sunday, September 9th, 2018
Parker River Wildlife Refuge gatehouse and main parking lot on Plum Island
Sunset Drive (travel 0.5 miles straight to the refuge entrance)
Newbury, MA 01951



In 2016, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) established the Peter J. Gomes Service Award, to be given annually to the individual in the Sixth District 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 mentor and my friend,” said Moulton. “He once wrote, “The very definition of service is to love our neighbors as ourselves, work for peace and not for war, and remember that the only hands on earth to do the work of service are our own.” His example influenced my own journey to serve in the Marines, and later as a Member of Congress. I am honored to establish this award here in the Sixth District to honor his legacy and commitment to public service.”

The Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes was a Christian minister who served for nearly forty years in The Memorial Church of Harvard University, a space erected to honor the Harvard public servants who died in World War I. As a preacher, teacher, author, and leader, he influenced many with his ready wit and wisdom and, perhaps above all, with his commitment to service, whether to his immediate community, in support of those in the armed forces, or to universal humanitarian causes.

2017 Recipient

Jason McCuish, English Teacher at Lynn Tech (Lynn)

2017 Honorees

Brenda Mattos, Founder of Ellis Square Friends (Beverly)

Rick Palardy, Firefighter (Georgetown)

Rob Werner, The Leedward Foundation (Salisbury)

Mary Margaret Moore, Director of the Independent Living Center North Shore & Cape Ann (Salem)

Sandra Suarez, Led the Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS) at Compass Working Capital (Lynn)

Jocelyn Cook, Founder at SPUR (Marblehead)

Rev. Anne Deneen, Vice President at The Grace Center & Reverend at St. Paul Lutheran Church (Gloucester)

2016 Recipient

Andrew DeFranza, Executive Director at Harborlight Community Partners (Beverly)







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