George M. Haggard, Jr., a longtime supporter of the Diocese of Knoxville, received the Immaculata Award from Bishop Richard F. Stika during a presentation at the Catholic Foundation dinner on Oct. 18 in Knoxville.
“This award is given in recognition of George’s total dedication and unselfish service to the Catholic Church and for the generosity of his many labors in support of the Diocese of Knoxville,” Bishop Stika said in presenting the award.
It is just the fourth time the Immaculata Award has been given.
Bill Swain, a former diocesan finance council member, active with Catholic Charities, and involved with the Diocese of Knoxville since its earliest days, was presented the Immaculata Award in 2012. Dr. Auriela Montgomery, a former principal and diocesan superintendent of schools received the award in 2011 and former diocesan attorney John T. O’Conner II was the first honoree in 2010.
Mr. Haggard was cited for his “many untold works of mercy as a Good Samaratian within the diocesan community and his uncompromising witness to the Catholic Faith,” Bishop Stika said.