Each year, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School seeks to recognize a deserving candidate from our school family to be the recipient of the Mother Seton Award. The Mother Seton Award was created to honor those individuals whose volunteer service and dedication to home, school, and church have been exemplary.
Mr. Matthew Nodier, our 2016 Mother Seton Award recipient, wasn’t born a Blue Jay but certainly grew the Blue Jay spirit in his heart early in his adulthood. He first became familiarized with Our Lady of Mercy parish when he was dating his soon to be beautiful wife, Alison, who was a teacher at OLOM School in the 1990s. After they were married, the couple moved to the New Orleans area but eventually found their way back to Baton Rouge shortly after their oldest child was born. Once their son Jack was of school age, there was no question as to where he would attend – Our Lady of Mercy!
No stranger to jumping into activities feet first, Matthew’s volunteer role at Mercy began as coach of various sports. He then took over the t-ball/coach’s pitch program and hasn’t stopped volunteering since. Over his tenure as a Mercy dad, Matthew has been involved in athletics, the Mercy Men’s Club, has worn the hat of various Fair roles, served as a Mercy Ambassador, among many other important roles.
Commitment is the most important lesson he’s learned as a volunteer. He also enjoys working with young Mercy parents who are looking for opportunities to contribute their own unique gifts.
The Our Lady of Mercy community is pleased to name Mr. Matthew Nodier this year’s OLOM recipient of the Mother Seton Award. Mr. Nodier was honored at a reception on April 28 along with other Diocesan Mother Seton Award winners. Mr. Nodier’s character is the personification of our school’s motto, “Prayer, Knowledge, and Service,” for parishioners, parents, faculty, staff, and students. The Mercy Community is pleased to recognize this very deserving Christian man, who is rooted in strong Catholic values, and has a selfless, humble dedication to our parish.