BRIEF: Wrightsville Beach priest to receive statewide service award

Father Joe Vetter, a longtime North Carolina Council of Churches board member and current pastor at St. Therese Catholic Church in Wrightsville Beach, will receive the Council’s Distinguished Service Award during  the 2012 Critical Issues Seminar on April 19 in Winston-Salem.

“Joe Vetter has been an important leader within the NC Council of Churches for decades,” said Council Executive Director George Reed in a press release. “He has served as an articulate ambassador for the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, an influential liaison between the Council and Bishops Joe Gossman and Michael Burbidge, a strong voice for dialogue and understanding among Catholics and Protestants, a keen observer of the religious landscape in North Carolina, and an effective advocate for peace and justice and for the common good.”

The Distinguished Service Award honors those whose work reflects their commitment to social justice and ecumenism.

A Greensboro native, Vetter has served parishes in Cary, Siler City, Raleigh and Southport and has been a campus minister at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. He was editor of “The North Carolina Catholic” newspaper, and has served the Diocese as Director of Family Life, Director of Communications, Vicar for Priests, Vicar for Religious and Chancellor/Moderator of the Curia. He serves on the Board of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation.

The award presentation is during the seminar, Eating Well: For Ourselves, for Our Neighbors, for Our Planet, which will explore food as a faith and social justice issue. Topics include the economics of hunger in the midst of plenty, food and water insecurity and peace, buying local, food and spirituality, issues of climate change and personal health.

– Amanda Greene

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