The Rev. Joseph Valine, known as the "Doughnut Priest" for his many years of ministry in southern Utah, has received the Catholic Church Extension Society's 11th annual Lumen Christi Award.
The award - $2,500 and a bronze plaque of Jesus Christ - was presented at a special Mass Saturday in Chicago. The extension society, a papal organization that raises funds for Catholic mission work in poor, isolated areas of the United States, presents the award each year to the person who best exemplifies the missionary spirit of the Catholic Church in America.The Rev. Valine, 90, has gained fame for the doughnuts he makes and sells to tourists in scenic southern Utah to help support his mission work.
The Rev. Valine has served in remote mission areas of Utah for 47 years. He has established seven parishes and still serves as pastor of three, covering a territory twice the size of Rhode Island.