2019 Lumen Gentium Award for Stewardship and Administration
Willliam K. Wray, Sr.
Our Lady of Mercy Parish Trustee

William K. Wray, Sr.

William K. Wray, Sr.

We congratulate OLM Parish Trustee, Bill Wray, on being named a recipient of the 2019 Lumen Gentium Award for Stewardship and Administration, for his faith, dedication and service in providing his Church and Parish wise counsel and guidance.

On May, 15 individuals or groups will be honored by the Diocese of Providence in 9 different categories with the 2019 Lumen Gentium Catholic Service Award. The Lumen Gentium awards, translated from Latin as “Light for the Nations,” honor those “who toil in the vineyard of the Lord,” without compensation or acclaim for their efforts.

“The faithful of this diocese continue to impress me by their unwavering dedication and love of our local Church,” said diocesan Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, Msgr. Albert A. Kenney, who serves as chairman of the Lumen Gentium Committee. The committee reviews the nominations submitted in each award category and presents to Bishop Thomas J. Tobin a list of those chosen for each award for his approval. “The award winners this year are examples of discipleship lived robustly and faithfully. We are grateful to the missionary service they give to Christ and His Church,” Msgr. Kenney said.

The recipients of the 2019 Lumen Gentium award will be honored at a dinner scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln. The proceeds from the 2019 Lumen Gentium Dinner will benefit Catholic Youth Ministries which provide leadership training, evangelization, faith formation, gathering and recognition programs and competitive athletic opportunities to Catholic youth throughout the Diocese of Providence. For more information, visit catholicyouthri.com.

Since 2013, when the Lumen Gentium awards were first presented in the diocese, 89 individuals and groups — representing 54 parishes — have been recognized. The awards banquets have raised more than $450,000 in support of numerous diocesan ministries. Click to register for the banquet online, or call Andrea H. Krupp in the Office of Stewardship and Development at 401-277-2121. Tickets are $100 each and tables seat 10 people.

William K. Wray, Sr. is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of The Washington Trust Company. Before joining Washington Trust, Wray most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Prior to that, he spent 15 years at Citizens Bank, culminating in the role of Vice Chairman and Chief Information Officer.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a master’s degree in engineering from Stanford University. Bill and his wife Nancy are long time parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy. Bill serves as a Trustee of the parish and on the OLM Parish Finance Council. In addition, he serves on the Finance Council of the Diocese of Providence.