Our medal design
In the summer of 2011, a committee was formed to come up with a design for an ACTS medal that would be unique to our parish. Joan McNeely, Bonnie Niebergall and Rob Dutkosky met to discuss what the medal ought to look like. The trio went into the church sanctuary one day and sat together in the first pew gazing at the Crucifix. They talked about St. Bernard of Clairvaux, his life and mission, the churches he built, and – of course – the prayer famously attributed to him, the Memorare, which starts with the words “Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary …”
They considered several different ideas for a cross that depicted the acronym ACTS. But none of those really drew them in. It must have been the Holy Spirit that led the three to a consensus on the medal’s design. They agreed that the medal should feature a crucifix. They also agreed that the crucifix should be three-dimensional and not flat. They further agreed that the medal needed a tribute to Mary, and that the way to honor the Blessed Mother and link to our parish’s patron saint was through the first line of the Memorare.
Finally, with Monsignor’s input, they put reference to “St. Bernard’s of Clairvaux” and “ACTS” on the back of the medal so it wouldn’t detract attention from Christ crucified on the front. The artist found a three-dimensional mold that would work, and our medal was cast. These medals are blessed and given to everyone who attends an ACTS retreat at St. Bernard’s. Every time you wear your medal, remember that the design is intentional, symbolic, and one-of-a-kind.