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Adult Recognition - Brother Barnabas


Brother Barnabas, F.S.C., a Brother of the Christian Schools, was involved with Youth work in the New York City area for his entire life. Brother Barnabas was a driving force in the early years of Catholic Youth ministry founding one of the earliest Catholic Troops at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1912. He wrote an original plan of organization in 1926 and is credited with creating the formal association between the Catholic bishops of the United State and the Boy Scouts of America. The National Catholic Committee on Scouting is a product and now the steward of this relationship. The Knights of Columbus hired him when they adopted the program as their youth program for boys and later aided the development of the Columbian Squires.


The Brother Barnabas Founders Award is a special recognition for long and meritorious service.

Award Ceremony:

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® presents it to an individual who has significantly affected the course of Catholic Scouting at their NCCS Annual Conference.

NOTE: The Brother Barnabas recognition is not a Adult Religious Emblem and the recipient is not eligible to receive the BSA Adult religious knot.


Nominations are determined by the NCCS nomination committee and agreed upon by the NCCS Executive Board.

Recipients of the Brother Barnabas Founders Award are:

Emmett Doerr
Henry Murphy
Jack Deckenbach
Marvin Smith
Frank Rossomondo
John Ribar
Rev. Randy Cuevas

Fr. Joe Carroll
Msgr. Richard P. LaRocque
David Garrison
Msgr. Bob Guglielmone
Most Rev. Gerald A. Gettelfinger
Edward Gargiulo
Rev. Leo LeBlanc