Montana priest up for $50K prize

Browning, Montana (AP) September 2010

A Catholic priest who for decades has worked on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation is in the running with five other finalists for an award from a church group.

Rev. Edward Kohler is a candidate for the Lumen Christi, or Light of Christ, award from Chicago-based Catholic Extension.

The honor comes with a $50,000 prize, shared by the recipient and his or her diocese.

Kohler came to the reservation’s Little Flower Parish in 1982, and apart from a five-year stint in Guatemala has been there ever since.

He helped found the De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning in 2001.

Brother Paul Ackerman, the school’s president, says one of Kohler’s biggest attributes is his respect for tribal traditions.

The Helena Independent Record says a winner may be named in a few weeks.