For the third consecutive year, the Diocese of Des Moines has nominated someone for Catholic Extension's annual Lumen Christi Award, which honors a person or group whose service spreads the light of Christ and transforms lives in their community. We've nominated Irma Jaime Cruz, a catechist for more than 44 years. Irma heard God’s call at an early age. As the director of religious education at Our Lady of the Americas Parish in Des Moines, she oversees the largest Hispanic religious education program in the city. More than 600 students and their families are involved each year, which has led many to a deeper awareness and practice of their faith. The program has a 100 percent bilingual staff, which is essential for evangelization, as the Hispanic population can come to Christ in their native language. Irma walks with the people on their journey of faith, and her dedication to Christ and her deep desire to evangelize shines through everything she does and reflects in everyone she meets. Support her nomination by voting for her at Catholic Extension's Facebook page.