Alley recognized as Diocese of Memphis nominee for the Lumen Christi Award

Saturday, July 6, 2024
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Special to the State Gazette

Dyersburg native and March for ALS founder Sarah Alley has been recognized by The Catholic Extension Society as one of the 2024-2025 Lumen Christi Award nominees from the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

The Lumen Christi Award, presented by The Catholic Extension Society, has been given to people who radiate and reveal the light of Christ present in the communities where they serve.

The statement provided in the official release states, “Sarah had always been deeply involved with her parish, Holy Angels Catholic Church in Dyersburg, Tenn. She has read at Mass, served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and has served as the DRE (Director of Religious Education) for the church for five years. ALS [Lou Gehrig’s disease] took all that away. She was confused, angry and becoming bitter.

Sarah got in her closet and yelled at God for all the unfairness.

She asked, “What is happening to me?” God answered her back right away. He said, “Sarah, you are so much more than your body.”

Sarah discovered her special ability, an ability forged by embracing her adversity and grounded in the enabling Spirit of God. She began blogging for the Dyersburg State Gazette about her ALS and Catholic faith. She is the director for the Autumn Walk for ALS, works with Catholic charities - Matthew 25:40, and runs three separate weekly Bible studies.

Sarah Alley is our example, our Patron Saint of Ability. A true Lumen Christi.

Alley is also featured in the July/August issue of award-winning Faith Magazine.

The magazine article can be accessed at

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