DALLAS – Meagan Harkey, who grew up as a member of Jackson St. Richard Parish, received the Bishop’s Award for Service in Dallas, where she now serves as a member of the Catholic campus ministry team for Southern Methodist University (SMU). Bishop Kevin Farrell presented the award at a late January ceremony in Dallas.
Her pastor described her as a “dedicated servant leader to SMU Catholic Community.”
“Megan is committed to using her gifts in any capacity the Church needs while she continues her dedication to SMU Catholic. Meagan also serves the Youth Ministry Program at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church,” he added.
“I have been involved in the ministry throughout my four years at SMU. I started my freshman year in our first year small groups, FYSH, which I lead as a sophomore. Junior year I coordinated our Mustang Awakening VII retreat, which is our yearly campus wide outreach retreat,” Harkey wrote in an email to Mississippi Catholic.
“This year as student campus minister I have been able to help grow our servant leadership team through retreats, prayer, and individual mentoring to help them develop their relationship with Christ and be better suited to serve the students at SMU. I have also been able to develop a new mission and structure for our ministry alongside the ministry staff,” she added.
Matt Harkey, Meagan’s father, credits her commitment to service to her Catholic education from St. Richard and Madison St. Joseph Schools. She graduated from St. Joseph in 2012, also earning a bishop’s award from the school.
Harkey is set to graduate with a degree in civil engineering this year. “This award is incredibly meaningful to me because this campus ministry has given me so much love, joy, and support in my four years at SMU. I am so blessed that I could give back to this ministry through my time and service,” said Harkey. After graduation she hopes to continue her work in ministry in Texas.