Nov. 15, 2010Universityof DallasHonors Distinguished Alumni at Annual Landregan Lecture
(IRVING, Texas – Nov. 15, 2010) – The University of Dallas School of Ministry presented the annual Dei Verbum and Lumen Gentium Distinguished Alumni Awards to Ms. Tena Allain and Deacon Arnold Picon, respectively at the 12th annual Landregan Lecture on Nov. 6.
These awards acknowledge two graduates of the School of Ministry whose established records of outstanding accomplishment reflect the fruit of “theological education for transformative service.” The graduates are persons who have given exemplary service to the local church in general, the work of faith formation in particular, and the larger community, especially the poor and needy.
Ms. Tena Allain is a longtime member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Coppell, Texas. Her generosity and skill have been applied in multiple areas of ministry to assist the parish in its mission of proclaiming and living the gospel. A partial list of her accomplishments includes service as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, finance council member, leader of adult mission trips to Mexico, Sunday School catechist, communications director for youth ministry, LifeTeen Parents for Life leader, coordinator of the parish Sunday School and chair of the parish Pastoral Council.
Arnold Picon was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Dallas in 1992. He serves at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Plano, Texas and throughout the Diocese wherever a Spanish speaking deacon may be needed. He has been Director of Diaconal Ministry and Formation in the Diocese of Dallas since 1997. He coordinates the ministry of deacons in the Diocese and the formation of candidates for diaconal ministry. He also chairs the Deacons’ Advisory Council and the Deacons’ Personnel Board, serves on the Hispanic Leadership team, and the Landregan Lecture Series Board.
The presentation of awards and Landregan Lecture brought in more than 140 alumni and friends of the School of Ministry in attendance to hear Dr. Barbara Reid, O.P., Professor of New Testament Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Dr. Reid spoke on “Reading the Scriptures with the Eyes, Mind, and Heart of a Woman.”
The University of Dallas is a Catholic, co-educational university with students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs through the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, the College of Business, the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts and the School of Ministry. The University of Dallas has its main campus in Irving, Texas, an international campus near Rome, Italy, and a learning center in Frisco, Texas. For more information, visit www.udallas.edu.
Nov. 15, 2010